Doc­tor Who names first fe­male lead

Toronto Star - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Bri­tish ac­tress Jodie Whit­taker was an­nounced Sun­day as the next star of the long-run­ning sci­ence-fiction se­ries Doc­tor Who — the first woman to take a role that has been played by a dozen men over six decades.

Whit­taker, best known for play­ing the mother of a mur­dered boy in de­tec­tive drama Broad­church, will re­place Scot­tish ac­tor Peter Capaldi at the end of the year, the BBC said.

Whit­taker is the 13th of­fi­cial in­car­na­tion of the Doc­tor, a galaxy-hop­ping Time Lord from the planet Gal­lifrey who trav­els in the Tardis, a time ma­chine shaped like an old­fash­ioned Bri­tish po­lice tele­phone booth.

In a tes­ta­ment to the place Doc­tor Who holds in Bri­tain’s cul­tural life, the rev­e­la­tion was made on live tele­vi­sion af­ter the Wimbledon men’s tennis fi­nal. Spec­u­la­tion had been mount­ing that a woman would get the role, gen­er­at­ing ex­cite­ment from some fans and op­po­si­tion from oth­ers who feel that the char­ac­ter has been es­tab­lished as male.

Whit­taker, 35, has worked ex­ten­sively in Bri­tish tele­vi­sion and film. On the big screen, she played Anne Hath­away’s best friend in ro­man­tic drama One Day and bat­tled aliens in At­tack the Block.

Bri­tish ac­tress Jodie Whit­taker will play Doc­tor

Who’s first fe­male Doc­tor in the char­ac­ter’s 13th in­car­na­tion.

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