The lead role in British sci-fi television series "Doctor Who" will be played by a woman for the first time in its more than 50-year history. British actress Jodie Whittaker, 35, who starred in the award-winning television crime drama series "Broadchurch", will be the 13th Doctor.

The TV show was first aired in 1963, featuring a "Time Lord" called "The Doctor," an extraterrestrial being who could travel through time and has the ability to regenerate. It therefore allows a number of actors to play the role. Whittaker will replace Peter Capaldi, who took on the role in 2013 amid an increasing clamor that it should go to a woman. His final episode will be the 2017 Christmas special. 

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