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The moment that Doctor Who fans have been waiting for arrived last weekend, and with it came a pleasant change of tradition: The 13th Doctor will be portrayed by a woman. Finally!

The news of English actress Jodie Whittaker's casting has sent social media buzzing. The overwhelming response has been mostly positive, as many Whovians have taken a progressive stand on the gender-breaking switch.

Some fans, specifically those not very familiar with British shows, may be wondering where they may have seen before. Before she takes over the TARDIS in the next Christmas Special, get to know the 35-year-old actress from some of her most notable roles:

1. Tess of the D'Urbervilles

'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' [Credit: BBC]
'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' [Credit: BBC]

In one of Whittaker's earliest roles, she starred in the 2008 BBC miniseries based on Thomas Hardy's book by the same name. The story follows a country girl named Tess who finds that her working-class family may have noble connections. The miniseries featured Gemma Arterton in the lead role and starred Eddie Redmayne as her love interest. Whittaker plays the role of Izz Huett, one of the milkmaids that Tess befriends, who are all in love with the same man.

2. Attack the Block

'Attack the Block' [Credit: Screen Gems]
'Attack the Block' [Credit: Screen Gems]

Considered the most notable film role for Whittaker to date, the 2011 British sci-fi comedy has become a cult classic since its debut. Alien invaders descend on South London, and a small street gang takes it upon themselves to defend their neighborhood. Whittaker plays Samantha Adams, a nurse who is mugged by the teenage gang on her way home — but the event is interrupted when a meteorite falls from the sky, leading to her escape. She ends up assisting the group of kids as they lead the fight against the invaders. The film also stars notable stars Nick Frost and John Boyega, who would go on to portray Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

3. Black Mirror

'Black Mirror' [Credit: BBC]
'Black Mirror' [Credit: BBC]

Whittaker often finds herself in roles that delve heavily in science fiction as she has also starred in an episode of the anthology series, . The actress can be seen in the third episode of Season 1, which premiered in 2011. The episode, "The Entire History of You," focuses on alternate reality where humans have a "grain" installed in their bodies that records everything they see and experience. This allows the characters to replay events and even broadcast them for others to see. The episode tells the story of a husband Liam (Toby Kebbell) and his wife Ffion, played by Whittaker, and how the downsides of the technology lead to realizations of infidelity.

4. Broadchurch

'Broadchurch' [Credit: ITV]
'Broadchurch' [Credit: ITV]

The longest-running and most well-known TV role on Whittaker's ever-growing resume would be the crime drama , which is currently airing its third season. Whittaker plays the mother of a boy whose murder takes center stage in the initial season. As the young boy's murder rocks the small town, two detectives find themselves in the middle of the mysterious events. The series coincidently features a very familiar face to Doctor Who fans, as it co-stars David Tennant, who played the Tenth Doctor.

Fans eager to witness Whittaker's historical debut as the next Doctor won't have long to wait, as the switchover will take place in the upcoming December special, titled "The Doctors." Until then, there is plenty of material to watch as a way to gauge Whittaker's fit as the time-traveling extraterrestrial. From what she has demonstrated thus far, fans are in for a treat.

Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who debut takes place this Christmas with "The Doctors."

What's your favorite role of Jodie Whittaker so far? Tell us in the comments below!


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