British tabloids publish Jodie Whittaker nudes after ‘Doctor Who’ announcement

On Sunday, the BBC announced that “Broadchurch” and “Black Mirror” star Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th “Doctor” in the long-running sci-fi series “Doctor Who.” The shape-shifting character has existed for over 50 years, but this is the first time the role will be played by a woman.

By Monday morning, British tabloids The Sun and The Daily Mail, among others, published nude photos of the 35-year-old actress in an apparent attempt to undermine her tenure in the role. The images are stills and videos of roles which required onscreen nudity.

The Sun ran a clip of Whittaker serving as a nude model in the 2006 film “Venus,” and tabloids like Daily Mail, The Daily Star, and Express published stills from her film and TV work.

From The Guardian:

Equal Representation for Actresses (ERA), a campaign group, said it was surprised and disappointed by the publications’ coverage of Whittaker.

ERA said: “We are delighted by the casting of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor. However, we are surprised and disappointed by the Daily Mail [Mail Online is owned by the Daily Mail and General Trust] and the Sun’s reductive and irresponsible decision to run a story featuring pictures of Jodie in various nude scenes.”

Damn, she couldn’t even have 24 hours to enjoy the grand unveiling of what is probably the greatest role of her career, thus far.

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