Freema Agyeman

The 13th Doctor will be a woman, and that is good news

The 13th Doctor will be a woman, and that is good news

Change is built into the bones of "Doctor Who," but there is change and then there is change. The 13th Doctor has been announced, and that the part — a regenerating alien played by many actors in turn since the show debuted in 1963 — will for the first time be taken by a woman comes not so much as a surprise as a relief. One more young/old/middle-aged cranky/clownish/sexy/posh/madcap white dude would have been — for the moment, at this moment — one more too many, a disappointment however great the actor.

Taking over from Peter Capaldi will be Jodie Whittaker, a much-employed 35-year-old actress that American audiences will most likely know from the BBC detective series...

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