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Jodie Whittaker is Doctor Who's first female reincarnation

Meet the 13th Doctor who will replace current Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi

By Andrea Tim | Published: 17 Jul 2017

Doctor Who, a woman!
Photo: BBC

For the first time, the Doctor is a woman, and we are freaking out!

British actress Jodie Whittaker has been announced as the 13th incarnation of the Doctor in popular BBC1 TV series Doctor Who. She will replace Peter Capaldi, who has played the famous Time Lord for three seasons. Peter's swan song will be in the 2017 Christmas special.

Jodie is also known for her role in Broadchurch (starring David Tennant who played the 10th Doctor; nice relation there). She was introduced in a new clip, which premiered at the end of the Wimbledon men's singles final.

Doctor Who follows the adventures of a Time Lord who goes by the name Doctor; when he is mortally injured, he regenerates, changing his appearance and personality. The series began in 1963, ceasing to air in 1989, before it had a revival in 2005.

Jodie said: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It's more than an honour 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."

Already some fans (many of whom, unbelievably, are men) are not happy about the casting, but we're not going to give them any validation by talking about what they've said, because the first female Doctor is finally here and it has made our year, thank you very much.

Note: The previous version of this article wrongly stated that Peter Capaldi played the Doctor for ten seasons.

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