Jodie Whittaker is the 13th Doctor, and the First Woman in the Role

By Dave Meikleham on at

Jodie Whittaker — best known for her role as Beth Latimer on ITV drama Broadchurch — has been announced as the new Doctor Who. Whittaker is the first woman ever to be cast as the titular Time Lord, and will be the 13th Doctor to feature in the iconic BBC sci-fi series.

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The Beeb made the announcement shortly after Roger Federer won a record-breaking eighth Wimbledon title (hooray for Roj!), via a short teaser trailer. In it, Whittaker's initially hooded Doctor brandishes a seemingly magic key, before walking through a sun-dappled forest and eventually stumbling on the iconic TARDIS.

Whittaker will replace the always delightful, super peppery Peter Capaldi — who's played the Doc since 2013 — during this year's Doctor Who Christmas special.

Check back throughout the week for more in-depth analysis on the newly announced 13th Doctor.