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First female ‘Doctor Who’ Jodie Whittaker calls role ‘an absolute joy’

SAN DIEGO: British actress Jodie Whittaker made her public debut on Thursday as the first female “Doctor Who,” says casting a woman to lead the long-running sci-fi television series was inevitable. Appearing before some 6,000 fans at San Diego’s annual Comic-Con pop culture gathering, Whittaker said playing the role of the extraterrestrial being who explores the universe in the time machine and spacecraft known as the Tardis was “really liberating.” Whittaker, 36, is the first woman and the 13th actor to play “Doctor…