Jodie Whittaker named as the 13th Doctor Who

Actress is the first woman to take on the role

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Jodie Whittaker has been named as the first female Doctor Who.

The Broadchurch star, 35, was announced as the 13th Doctor in a trailer broadcast on BBC1 following the end of the Wimbledon Men's Final on Sunday.

Whittaker will take over from current Time Lord Peter Capaldi in the upcoming Christmas special.

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Whittaker said: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris (Chibnall - showrunner) and with every Whovian on this planet.

"It's more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can't wait."