16 July 2017 9:29 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Broadchurch star becomes 13th actor to lead BBC series.

Jodie Whittaker has been named the 13th actor to play UK television icon Doctor Who.

Whittaker replaces the outgoing Peter Capaldi, and in the process becomes the first woman to lead the long-running BBC series.

First airing in 1964, Doctor Who follows its titular protagonist as he explores the universe in his time-travelling spaceship known as the Tardis.

Other actors to have played the part include David Tennant, Matt Smith, Tom Baker and Christopher Eccleston.

Broadchurch and Adult Life Skills star Whittaker will next be seen in Paddy Considine’s boxing drama Journeyman. »

- tom.grater@screendaily.com (Tom Grater)

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