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Doctor Who - Jodie Whittaker
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Jodie Whittaker makes her entrance as the first female Doctor, who is left with no memory following an explosive regeneration

Fasten your seatbelts, charge up your sonic screwdrivers and prepare to witness TV history, because the first female Doctor is about to emerge from the TARDIS.

To be more precise, she crash- lands in Sheffield after losing her time machine, but the moment’s still a memorable one.

Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord is definitely more cheerful and energetic than the last incarnation, and she soon teams up with Ryan, his old school pal, Yasmin, and his step-granddad, Graham, to hunt two fearsome monsters.

If this tale – which will make you laugh, cry and hide behind the sofa – is anything to go by, the next few months could be a lot of fun.

Grace, Yasmin, The Doctor, Ryan and Graham are on a hunt for monsters...

Grace, Yasmin, The Doctor, Ryan and Graham are on a hunt for monsters...

TV Times meets Jodie, 36, before her debut. Here's what she tells us about the call up to be the 13th Time Lord.

'I thought I was going for my final audition and I was ready to go in there and give my last pitch, but the showrunner, Chris Chibnall, who I knew from Broadchurch, said, ‘We invited you here because you’re the new Doctor,’ and I just cried.

'I was overwhelmed because I never thought I would get it and it’s such a big responsibility.

'It’s a moment I’m very proud to be part of, but I can’t wait for it not to be a moment, so it can be normal.

'I couldn’t even tell my family what I was doing!' she adds

'After the big reveal, my phone just exploded, mainly with people saying, "You lied to me!"'

For the full interview, see TV Times out on Tuesday 2 October.

TV Times rating: *****