Move over gentleman, Jodie Whittaker makes her first Doctor Who appearance

The 12th Doctor is played by Peter Capaldi. Courtesy BBC

Jodie Whittaker, who starred in 24 episodes of Broadchurch, will take over for Capaldi at the tale end of the episode when The Doctor regenerates.

The Doctor returned on Christmas Day for the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Special and, after a lengthy discussion with his original self, he finally chose to let go of himself and regenerate into a new iteration. Whittaker has also appeared in the likes of Attack the Block and Black Mirror.

Twice Upon A Time finds the Twelfth Doctor fighting his regeneration (he was fatally wounded in the Doctor Who Series 10 finale earlier this year) and unwilling to change into his new persona.

The time travelling vehicle then span out of control with the Thirteenth doctor falling through its open doors into space. There's not too much in the way of spoilers for the rest of Capaldi's last episode here - Whittaker's casting has been known for months - but if you're really concerned about having anything spoiled for you, it's probably best to watch the special first.

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Whittaker's Doctor didn't get a gentle start to her era, being flung from the Tardis out over the city of London.

Whitaker's first series will air next year, where she will be joined by her writer from the hit thriller Broadchurch, Chris Chibnall, as the new showrunner.

In its first twenty-six years, only one episode of Doctor Who fell on Christmas Day.

Peter Capaldi is not expected to attempt this during the forthcoming episode, Twice Upon A Time. "I can't wait", she said in a statement at the time she was announced as the new "Doctor".

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