Doctor Who casts woman as lead

British actress Jodie Whittaker, 35, was unveiled on Sunday as the first woman to play the titular character in BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who.

Whittaker, who starred in the award-winning British drama Broadchurch, will take over from Scottish actor Peter Capaldi as the 13th incarnation of the Time Lord.

On the role, Whittaker said: "It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be."

She expected controversy over being a woman, but said there is no need to worry.

"Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change."- AFP

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