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'Doctor Who' Has Cast A Woman As The 13th Doctor

Jodie Whittaker. (Photo by John Phillips / Getty Images)
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Doctor Who, the years-long, generations-spanning, cult-garnering British sci-fi show, announced Sunday that Jodie Whittaker will play the 13th iteration of the show's Time Lord. BBC made the announcement after Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title, effectively keeping the blood pressure up for the entire British continent. This marks the first time a woman will star as the iconic Doctor. The current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, confirmed back in January that the 10th series will be his last. Whittaker will be the fifth doctor of the current series, which has been airing since 2005 (the show started in 1963 and ran until 1989 with one other series in 1996). She follows Capaldi, Matt Smith, David Tennant, and Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor.

The upcoming series will also feature a new showrunner, according to Deadline. Steven Moffatt, who has been showrunning since 2009, will hand the reigns to Chris Chibnall, best known for creating the British show Broadchurch.

Whittaker most recently played Beth Latimer in Broadchurch.

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