Jodie Whittaker to make TV history as new Doctor Who series kicks off

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Jodie Whittaker to make TV history as new Doctor Who series kicks off (Henrik Knudsen/BBC)

Television history will be made when Doctor Who’s lead character is taken over by Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the role since it began 55 years ago.

The actress plays the 13th Doctor in the sci-fi series, picking up from where her predecessor Peter Capaldi left off.

Whittaker made a very brief debut as the Doctor in last year’s Christmas special when Capaldi’s version of the beloved character regenerated, but from Sunday, the role is all hers.

Her first full episode as the Doctor is aptly titled The Woman Who Fell To Earth.

The Broadchurch star, 36, will be joined by a new crew of companions, played by Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole.

Little has been given away about storylines for the new series, but a recent trailer shows the characters seen running away from explosions, walking through a desert and encountering unknown creatures.

This new era of Doctor Who will also include some changes, other than the obvious, for the Doctor.

Whittaker, whose casting was announced after the Wimbledon men’s final last summer, recently confessed she felt “woefully under-qualified” to take on such an important role.

However, she said that the programme’s executive producer Chris Chibnall wanted a “new perspective” on the time-travelling alien from the planet of Gallifrey.

She told The Big Issue: “That is the wonderful thing about these huge shoes I am filling.

“No one plays it the same. There is no pressure on me in that sense.”

Doctor Who airs at 6.45pm on Sunday October 7 on BBC One.

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