From the Hollywood Reporter:
The BBC on Sunday revealed Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor for hit series Doctor Who. She will be the first female lead for the sci-fi series on the U.K. public broadcaster. Current lead Peter Capaldi will leave his role after this year’s Christmas special. Whittaker, 34, is from Yorkshire, England and has appeared on such shows as Broadchurch and in comedy film Adult Life Skills, which she also executive produced and which got several British Independent Film Awards nominations.
Earlier this year, Pearl Mackie was tapped to play the first openly gay companion to the space-hopping series, which is one of the most popular shows for BBC Worldwide. Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, said about the casting news: “Making history is what Doctor Who is all about and Chris Chibnall’s bold new take on the next Time Lord is exactly that. The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker – and have lots of fun too!”
Teabagistan will scream. As always.
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