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  • Publication: The Sun
  • Date: 2017-07-17
  • Author: Andy Halls, Grant Rollings, Ally Ross
  • Page: 4
  • Language: English
  • Notes: Image here (not work safe)


Time-travel fave gets a Time Lady at last

13th Doctor is Broadchurch star

Flashed boob and bum in film

NEW Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker has a saucy screen past, a trip back in time reveals. The show's 13th Time Lord has stripped off more than once for roles.

At 24, she flashed her boobs at film legend Peter O'Toole in the 2006 movie Venus.

O'Toole's character licked her neck three times as she posed naked for a painting.

Yorkshire-born Jodie said she had no problem with nudity, commenting at the time: "I was fine about it. It was in the script and valid to the story."

She also performed a raunchy sex scene in an episode of satirical TV show Black Mirror.

But now she is swapping taking off clothes for taking off in The Tardis.

The 35-year-old, best known for her role as Beth Latimer in ITV drama Broadchurch, was yesterday revealed as the first female to play the lead role in Doctor Who.

Jodie had been regarded as an outsider to replace Peter Capaldi, 59, in the iconic role. But the news - which she had kept secret for more than a month was revealed on BBC1 after the Wimbledon men's tennis final.

A teaser clip featured a mysterious hooded character walking through a forest towards the Doctor's Tardis.

'Good plots and scripts are vital'

As the figure got nearer, the time machine's key magically appeared in their hand.

Jodie then removed the hood to confirm the next Dalek-battling Doctor will be a woman.

It came as a big surprise to the sci-fl show's die-hard fans.

Even Jodie's mum Dorothy did not knew her daughter was about to make TV history until the clip was screened.

Dorothy of Skelmanthorpe, West Yorks. said "It is incredible she is the first woman Doctor. We are really proud."

Last night some fans voiced concern that leaving a woman in charge of the sonic screwdriver could be a massive risk.

Sebastian J Brook, the editor of fan site Doctor Who Online, said: "I am in a state of shock. I am a traditionalist. I prefer Doctor Who to be a guy."

He said most fans wanted the Doctor to remain male - particularly women.

Prop collector Chris Balcombe, 50, who owns Britain's oldest Dalek from 1963, said "Many fans seem to want to exterminate her without even seeing Jodie in action

"It doesn't matter who plays the Doctor - man or woman - you've got to have great plots and good scripts. Hopefully she will got both."

Other fans welcomed the change, which had been called for by actresses who have starred in the show, including Karen Gillan and Billie Piper. In a bid to reassure viewers, Jodie said: "I want to tell my fans not to be scared of my gender. This is a really exciting time and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change.

'The fans have lived through so many changes, and this Is only a new, different one, not a fearful one. The show's new executive producer Chris Chibnall - who worked with Jodie on Broadchurch - made the decision to cast a woman in the role.

He said: "Her audition simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role.

Ex-Death in Paradise actor Kris Marshall and Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, 32, were the early favourites.

William Hill said the biggest bet they took on Jodie - who had been 201/1 outsider with one bookmaker - was £62.50 at 4/1. Jodie said: "It's very nerve-wracking, as it's been so secret."

She admitted she had "told a lot of lies" to hide the news from family and friends.

And she revealed she even used the codeword Clooney for the job when discussing it with her husband Christian. Jodie confessed: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey —with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet.

"It's more than an honour to play the Doctor."

Peter Capaldi announced he was quitting after three years in the role that have seen the show's ratings slump.

Jodie will make her debut when she replaces the Scot in this year's Christmas special.


Role ... Jodie in Broadchurch

Who's that girl? ... Jodie bares all in 2006 movie Venus

How times change ... Jodie reveals she is first female Doctor

New adventure ... latest Doctor is united with time machine

IT'S Jodie Whittaker then. A woman. And one who certainly deserves the description "who?".

She was in Broadchurch, apparently, though I'm damned if I can remember her. But that wasn't the point of yesterday's weird Wimbledon interlude, which began when Roger Federer nipped for a post-victory slash.

By the time he'd dried his hands, Jodie had tramped through woods to the Tardis and the mass outbreak of PC virtue signalling had begun.

First out the traps, with the empty gesture, Yvette Cooper MP who tweeted: "Excellent."

That's Yvette Cooper of the Labour Party which hasn't come close to having a female leader in more than 100 years.

The role of the Doctor, of course, is slightly - out only slightly - more trivial than opposition leader. It's a failing kids' show for crying out loud. There's no shortage of good roles for actresses on TV.

Jodie Whittaker isn't exactly going to inspire a generation of young girls to become asexual time travellers, is she?

So they could appoint a horse to the role and I still wouldn't much care.

Here is a revolutionary idea for BBC drama to demonstrate its commitment to gender equality, though.

How about, just once, creating a soap opera role for a man in a suit who isn't a complete b*****d?

Is it right to pick a girl Doc?

Yes says Chris Balcombe superfan owns a 1963 Dalek

MANY fans seem to want to exterminate Jodie without even seeing her in action.

The Doctor has always been eccentric. It doesn't matter who plays the Doctor — man or woman — you've got to have great plots and good scripts. Hopefully Jodie will get both.

Will she keep the current assistant, Bill, who at the end of the last series transformed into a Cyberman? We have never seen the Doctor with a lover. Maybe this will herald a lesbian relationship.

That really would get the die-hard Doctor Who fans debating.

People are happy to believe in a 900-year-old alien with two hearts who can travel through time and regenerate.

I think they'll get their heads around the idea that the Doctor can be a woman.

No says Sebastian J Brook editor of Doctor Who online

I AM absolutely surprised the BBC has taken such a gamble.

Doctor Who has clearly had a preference to be a man up to this point, so why would he all of a sudden be a woman?

The general view among fans was they wanted the Doctor to remain male. Some have said they will stop watching if it is a woman. Which I think is a shame, because it is a show about change.

It will totally alter the dynamic of the show. Billie Piper and Catherine Tate have shown that there is already a platform for strong females.

A male companion will be very different.

I don't know if the BBC have ticked that box or whether it will be the injection the show needs.

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