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Jodie Whittaker on her other doctor role in Trust Me

Before she takes over the lead role in Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker will be appearing on our screens as a very different doctor… and a fake one at that. In BBC One thriller Trust Me, Whittaker plays Cath Hardacre, a nurse who loses her job after she turns whistle-blower. Wanting to provide a better life for her young daughter, she steals her best friend’s identity as a senior doctor and lands a job in an Edinburgh hospital (a colleague amusingly describes the A&E department as “like Braveheart with bad-tempered pensioners”.)…

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First look at Peter Capaldi's final Doctor Who

Details of Peter Capaldi’s final outing in Doctor Who have been revealed as the first trailer for the Christmas special was released online. The one-minute clip for the episode, titled Twice Upon A Time, sees Capaldi and the First Doctor team up. It features the return of Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, who had seemingly left the show at the end of series 10. The clip also showed a guest appearance from Mark Gatiss, who plays a World War One soldier called The Captain. The release of the trailer coincided…

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Deborah Watling, Doctor Who companion, dies aged 69

Actress Deborah Watling, who played one of Patrick Troughton’s companions in the early years of Doctor Who, has died at the age of 69. Watling played Victoria Waterfield in 40 episodes between 1967 and 1968, most of which were wiped after transmission. Her father was the actor Jack Watling, who appeared alongside her in two Doctor Who adventures. Her brother Giles Watling, Conservative MP for Clacton, said she would be “sorely missed”. “She was a lovely, lovely girl, bubbly and vibrant,” he said of his sibling. Born in Loughton in…

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I know how important a female Doctor Who is – I too used to think it had to be a man

As I trawled through the social media reactions to the news of Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the Thirteenth Doctor this week, it gave me pause to reflect. I winced a little, and not just in reaction to the grimmest entitlements of spoiled fanboys. (I certainly winced a lot more when the Sun and Daily Mail decided to celebrate with nude photos of Whittaker.) Jodie Whittaker will replace Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special. Photo: BBC With every tweet of the “Christmas will be the last…

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Charlie Gard: US doctor meets Great Ormond Street medics

The US doctor who has offered to treat terminally ill Charlie Gard has attended a meeting at Great Ormond Street Hospital to decide whether he should travel to America for therapy. Dr Michio Hirano will discuss Charlie’s condition with doctors treating him and independent specialists. Great Ormond Street has given Dr Hirano an honorary contract giving him the same status as its own physicians. It means he can examine Charlie and has full access to his medical records. Charlie Gard case explained The visit has been arranged as part of…

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Doctor Who: Prime Minister welcomes first female Time Lord

The new Doctor has a friend in Downing Street, with Theresa May saying she is “pleased” by Jodie Whittaker’s casting. The front door of Number 10 featured in a teaser trailing the new Doctor’s unveiling, leading many to speculate the next Time Lord would be female, just like its current incumbent. Others to welcome Whittaker’s casting include Star Wars’ John Boyega, who predicted she would be “awesome“. Actress Karen Gillan also signalled her approval with an enthusiastic tweet. “Jodie Jodie Jodie Jodie Jodie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” the former Doctor Who companion wrote on…

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