Jodie Whittaker is an English actress who is best known as portraying the thirteenth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who (2017-present) and as grieving mother Beth Latimer in Broadchurch (2013–2017). She came to prominence in her 2006 feature film debut Venus, for which she received British Independent Film Award and Satellite Award nominations. She was later praised for her roles in the cult science fiction film Attack the Block (2011) and the Black Mirror episode "The Entire History of You" (2011). On 16 July 2017, the BBC announced that Whittaker would become the thirteenth incarnation of The Doctor in the television series Doctor Who. She formally assumed the role from Peter Capaldi in the 2017 Christmas special episode "Twice Upon a Time". Whittaker appeared in her first full series as The Doctor in the eleventh series, which premiered in October 2018. She continued in the role in the twelfth series in 2020 and thirteenth series in 2021. It was announced on 29 July 2021 that she would step down after three special episodes in 2022.