BBC’s ‘Doctor Who’ Names Its First-Ever Female Lead

Actress Jodie Whittaker set to star as 13th Time Lord in series.

July 17, 2017 10:25 am
BBC's 'Doctor Who' Names Its First Female Time Lord
Jodie Whittaker attends at The British Independent Film Awards at Old Billingsgate Market on December 4, 2016 in London, England. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

If you’ve made the wise decision of binge-watching Broadchurch on Netflix, you’ll be seeing a lot more of one of its best characters.

British actress Jodie Whittaker, who deftly portrayed ever-grieving mother and wife Beth Latimer on the BBC crime drama, has landed the role of a lifetime, as she’ll be starring as the first-ever female “Doctor” in the history of Doctor Who. (Ironically, she starred alongside David Tennant, who himself secured the coveted Doctor role from 2005-15.) She’ll be the lucky-number 13th Doctor in the show’s epic run.

Of course, not everyone took too kindly to the news of a female Time Lord, and Whittaker has responded in kind via a interview. She told the site: “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.”

To reveal the news, the show dropped the video below. Watch it now.

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