The 12 lead incarnations of Dr Who, all men until now – Courtesy of flickr.com
CAIRO – 17 July 2017: The BBC has announced that actress Jodie Whittaker will be the next “Dr. Who”, a first since the show premiered in 1963.
“Dr. Who” is an immensely popular BBC-produced science-fiction series involving a time-traveling alien known as “the Doctor”, who travels the universe in a blue police box, the TARDIS, helping others, with the aid of his companions. Whittaker is a 34-year-old Yorkshire actress best known for her film roles in 2006's “Venus” and 2011's “Attack the Block”. She will be succeeding Scottish actor Peter Capaldi, who has been the previous Doctor since 2013.
The Doctors ability to completely change his appearance after gaining significant damage, regenerating from near-death, has allowed the show to go through 12 actors over the course of its 54-year-long run, though no female actor had been previously cast.
BBC broke the news straight after the end of the Wimbledon Men's final on Twitter, posting a short video of the actress lifting her hood and entering the iconic TARDIS; the first time a woman has ever stepped in as Dr. Who.
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