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    15 Things You Probably Didn't Know About The 13th Doctor

    Do you remember her from the first season of Black Mirror?

    Last weekend, the BBC announced who would be starring as the 13th Doctor on their long-running series, Doctor Who.


    Doctor Who has been on the air since 1963, and the main character is an extraterrestrial being (known as a Time Lord) who, instead of dying, regenerates in a new physical form every several years.

    For over 50 years, the Doctor has been played only by British men, but this year the BBC caught the world by surprise when they announced that the new protagonist would be a woman.

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    The Time Lords are able, after all, to regenerate as male or female. Genders and the stereotypes that come along with them are not important to them.

    So here's what you need to know about the 13th Doctor:

    1. Her full name is Jodie Auckland Whittaker.

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    Her parents named her after actress Jodie Foster.

    2. She was born on June 3, 1982, in Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire, England.

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    3. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005, having earned a gold medal in acting.

    4. She's performed on TV, in movies, and for radio productions.

    She does it all!

    5. She starred in a movie called Adult Life Skills alongside her husband, Christian Contreras.

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    It premiered during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and it won the Nora Ephron Award for Best Female Director.

    6. She was in the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You".

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    It's that episode where everyone has a little microchip in their head that lets them record everything and play it back at will. You remember that one, right?

    7. She also had a recurring part on the show Broadchurch.

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    Which was written by Chris Chibnall, who is taking over as head writer and leading executive producer on Doctor Who.

    8. On Broadchurch, she worked with David Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor, and Arthur Darvill, who played a companion of the 11th Doctor named Rory.

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    9. But that's not her only connection to Doctor Who. She was also in a play called Antigone with the 9th Doctor, Christopher Eccleston.

    It seems like she was destined to be on Doctor Who eventually.

    10. She's not on an social networks.

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    She's not a fan of sharing her private life with the world, so she doesn't have a Facebook page. In fact, she's even reported Twitter accounts pretending to be her.

    11. She had to keep a lot of secrets and tell a lot of lies to keep all her acquaintances from finding out that she would be playing the 13th Doctor.

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    12. The only person who knew about her starring role on Doctor Who was her husband.

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    13. When she did need to speak about upcoming roles, she'd refer to working on a project with the codename "The Clooney".

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    Because to her, George Clooney is an iconic actor, which felt fitting for a role as big as The Doctor.

    14. It took her less than 24 hours to consider the role and accept.

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    15. But she did go through a months-long process when she auditioned, and she was up against several other women for the role. Chris Chibnall was certain that he wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman.

    This post was translated from Spanish.

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