35-year-old English actress Jodie Whittaker has scored the highly talked about role of the thirteenth major incarnation of The Doctor in BBC’s long-running “Doctor Who”. Whittaker, the first woman in the role, takes over from Peter Capaldi whose version is set to regenerate during this year’s Christmas special.

Whittaker comes onboard at the same time both Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat (“Sherlock”) exit the series. Moffat will be replaced by “Broadchurch” and “Camelot” creator Chris Chibnall who has previously penned episodes of ‘Who’ and spin-off “Torchwood” along with “Life on Mars” and “The Great Train Robbery” mini-series. The first episodes of the Whittaker/Chibnall era will likely arrive either late next year or early 2019.

Whittaker has been working on stage and screen for a decade, racking up an impressive resume in that time. The role most will probably know her from is her work with Chibnall on “Broadchurch” as Beth Latimer, mother of the young victim in the first season. Others will recognise her for her work on Joe Cornish’s cult feature “Attack the Block”.

Her work goes far beyond that though. On TV she’s had key roles in the 2008 adaptation of “Tess of the D’Urbervilles,” 2009’s “Return to Cranford,” regular roles on “The Smoke” and “The Assets” and a guest spot on “Black Mirror”.

On film she scored much praise for her debut in 2006’s “Venus” with Peter O’Toole. She also played Beverly in both “St Trinian’s” films, and had key roles in the Anne Hathaway-led “One Day,” “Ashes” alongside Luke Evans, “Black Sea” with Jude Law, “Good” with Viggo Mortensen, “A Thousand Kisses Deep” with Dougray Scott, “The Kid” with Rupert Friend, “Get Santa” with Jim Broadbent, and “Perrier’s Bounty” with Brendan Gleeson.

Whittaker also has a connection to the franchise with her second cousin being famed “Doctor Who” comic book writer Rich Johnston. In a statement to DWM, Whittaker says: “I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris Chibnall and with every Whovian on this planet. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

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