BBC Reveals First Female ‘Doctor Who’ Lead

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The BBC on Sunday revealed the exciting news, that  Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th Doctor for hit series Doctor Who.  She will be the first female lead for the sci-fi series on the U.K. public broadcaster. Current lead Peter Capaldi will leave his role after this year’s Christmas special.

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Whittaker, 34, is from Yorkshire, England and has appeared on such shows as Broadchurch and in comedy film Adult Life Skills, which she also executive produced and which got several British Independent Film Awards nominations.

 

Whittaker recently finished shooting Journeyman, written and directed by Paddy Considine, as well as playing the lead in new BBC drama series Trust Me.

 

Her other film credits include Venus, which earned her nominations for best newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards, Attack the Block, One Day, Black Sea, Good Vibrations, St. Trinian’s and Get Santa. Her theater credits include the title role in Antigone at the Royal National Theatre, along with roles in Bash, Awake and Sing and Enemies.

 

The BBC had on Friday announced that it would unveil the new Doctor after the men’s Wimbledon final, taking fans by surprise. Among the various names thrown out by bookies as contenders for the Doctor Who lead role have been the likes of Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Death in Paradise actor Kris Marshall and even Tilda Swinton.

Capaldi first stepped into the Tardis in 2013 and is set to leave at the same time as showrunner Steven Moffat exits the show.

New writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall who takes over from Moffat made the decision to cast the first woman in the iconic role.”I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” said Whittaker. “It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
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