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Jodie Whittaker, who worked with new Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall on Broadchurch, has been unveiled as the 13th Doctor.

She will be the first female actor to play the Time Lord in the history of Doctor Who.

In a publicity chat with the BBC, Whittaker urged Whovians to be open about the Doctor’s gender switcheroo. “I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”

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