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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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Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord to be a woman

Jodie Whittaker has been announced as Doctor Who’s 13th Time Lord – the first woman to get the role. She was revealed in a trailer that was broadcast on BBC One at the end of the Wimbledon men’s singles final. The Broadchurch star succeeds Peter Capaldi, who took the role in 2013 and leaves in this year’s Christmas special. Whittaker, 35, said it was “more than an honour” to become the Doctor. She will make her debut on the sci-fi show when the Doctor regenerates in the Christmas Day show….

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BBC iPlayer aims to be 'number one' online TV service, Lord Hall says

The BBC iPlayer will be reinvented in a bid to be the top online TV service in the UK by 2020, the broadcaster’s director general Tony Hall has said. Lord Hall told staff he wanted the BBC to “reinvent public broadcasting for a new generation”. He described iPlayer as “the biggest revolution of the last charter” and said it now had to increase its reach. “We need it to make the leap from a catch-up service to a must-visit destination in its own right,” he said. ‘Rapid growth’ One way…

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'Good Lord, I'm back': Tony Blackburn returns to BBC

Veteran broadcaster Tony Blackburn has returned to BBC radio, announcing: “Good Lord, I’m back.” The 73-year-old presented a three-hour live show, Soul Party, on Radio 2 on New Year’s Eve, opening with Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive. Blackburn said of his return: “I went for a long walk and got lost. Somebody found me yesterday.” The show was his first broadcast since he was taken off air in February over the Jimmy Savile inquiry. Director general Tony Hall said at the time that Blackburn had failed to fully co-operate with…

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