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BBC Reveals First Female 'Doctor Who' Lead

The Hollywood Reporter logo The Hollywood Reporter 4 days ago Georg Szalai
Jodie Whittaker - P 2017 © Courtesy of Getty Images Jodie Whittaker - P 2017

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.

The BBC had on Friday announced that it would unveil the new Doctor after the men's Wimbledon final, taking fans by surprise. Among the various names thrown out by bookies as contenders for the Doctor Who lead role have been the likes of Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Death in Paradise actor Kris Marshall and even Tilda Swinton.

Capaldi first stepped into the Tardis in 2013 and is set to leave at the same time as showrunner Steven Moffat exits the show.

Earlier this year, Pearl Mackie was tapped to play the first openly gay companion to the space-hopping doc.

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