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Before ‘Doctor Who’, Jodie Whittaker Was Killing Aliens With John Boyega In ‘Attack The Block’

You really need to watch this film.

Overnight the BBC announced the latest incarnation of Doctor Who would be played by Broadchurch actor Jodie Whittaker.

Whittaker is best-known for playing Beth Latimer in the British crime drama, the mother of season one victim Danny Latimer. In the show’s powerful third season Whittaker’s character works for a social services agency supporting victims of sexual assault. She also starred in the final episode of Black Mirror’s first season, ‘The Entire History of You’, written by Peep Show’s Jesse Armstrong.

Whittaker might be the first woman to play the Doctor in the series’ 54-year history, but she’s no stranger to killing aliens in a contemporary English setting.

Back in 2011 Whittaker co-starred in the amazing sci-fi horror comedy cult film Attack the Block. Written and directed by first-timer Joe Cornish, and produced by the team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the film is set during the course of one night when aliens decide to invade a council housing estate in South London.

Whittaker’s character gets mugged at the beginning by a gang of teens led by John Boyega (who has since gone on to become incredibly famous thanks to Star Wars), but once the aliens appear she teams up with the kids to defend their tower block.

It’s an incredibly fun movie centred around black, working-class characters — rare for any film, but especially in the science fiction and horror genres.

It also features an original score composed by English electronic music legends Basement Jaxx.

So before the new Doctor Who kicks off, why not spend a few hours watching John Boyega and Jodie Whittaker fucking up some aliens.