Jodie Whittaker Is Actually The SECOND Female Doctor Who

Getty Images for Tribeca Film Fe                    Actress Jodie Whittaker during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

Getty Images for Tribeca Film Fe Actress Jodie Whittaker during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

35-year-old actress Jodie Whittaker will be taking over from the outgoing Peter Capaldi, who exits the show this Christmas. She is the first woman to sign on as the lead in the show, which has been running for 54 years.

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. Written by a bloke called Steven Moffat (whatever happened to him?), the episode initially starred Rowan Atkinson as the titular character, Julia Sawalha as his companion Emma and Jonathan Pryce as The Master.

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 old-fashioned British police telephone booth.

Johnny's Tweet prompted a number of responses, including a few pointing out that Whittaker would be the 13th, not the 14th, doctor, to which Johnny replied: 'Ha!

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"It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be", said the actress, adding, "It feels incredible".

Yep, before she became a championed pissing away million of pounds of public money on a stupid garden bridge, she (very) briefly played one of science fiction's most iconic characters.

Chris Chibnall of Broadchurch has already been named the new Doctor Who showrunner. But Jodie did her utmost to silence her critics when she gave her first interview after her casting announcement, urging fans "not to be scared by my gender". "Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role".

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