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Jodie Whittaker has been named as the 13th Doctor Who

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Well, it's finally happened! Actress Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the first female star of BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.

The 35-year-old Huddersfield-born actress will be the 13th actor to play the Doctor, replacing out-going lead Peter Capaldi.

Whittaker is best known for her role as Beth Latimer in incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall's acclaimed ITV drama Broadchurch.

Whittaker will begin filming her debut series as the beloved Time Lord (or Lady) in November, and make her first appearance on Christmas Day.

In the days leading up to the reveal, Chibnall stated that he didn't "want this casting to be a gimmick" - something which, judging by the initial response, he needn't have worried about.

Doctor Who will return on Christmas Day.


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