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Doctor Who Announces First Female Doctor

Doctor Who Announces First Female Doctor

'Doctor Who' Announces First Female Doctor

54 years after it's debut, Jodie Whittaker is the show's first female lead.

Iconic British sci-fi show Doctor Who has had many actors play its titular time-traveling Time Lord since it premiered in 1963, and they've all had one thing in common: they've all been men. Now, the show has made history in casting its first female doctor, which was revealed today in a video clip teasing the show's upcoming Christmas special and eleventh season. The 13th doctor will be played by Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker. Watch the reveal, below.

Whittaker said that it is "overwhelming, as a feminist" to be portraying the UK classic's first female doctor. She will take over the role from Peter Capaldi during the show's annual Christmas special this holiday season.

Doctor Who fans are, understandably, pretty excited about the news, but some can't help throwing a little well-deserved shade at the show for taking so long to cast a female lead, or venting about negative reactions to the announcement.

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