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Yorkshire actress is the first female Doctor Who

Double first for Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker Credit: Colin Hutton/BBC/PA Wire

The first female Doctor Who has been unveiled as Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker. She is also the first to hail from Yorkshire.

The 35-year-old, who is from the village of Skelmanthorpe, near Huddersfield, had been bookmaker's favourite to be the 13th Time Lord ahead of the announcement.

She is best known for her role as Beth Latimer, the mother of murdered schoolboy Danny Latimer, in hit ITV show Broadchurch.

And the Time Lady has urged fans not to be scared of her because she is a woman. She said fans must not be "fearful", adding that she is a feminist who does not want to be “boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be'.

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. It feels incredible.

I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because 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.

– Jodie Whittaker