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“I’m playing an Alien! To suggest I’m not qualified because of my gender is hilarious!” They’re the definitive words of Jodie Whittaker who steps into the Tardis on 7 October. She tells Christian Lisseman she’s hoping to bring new fans to Doctor Who as well as win over Whovians.

Catching real life bad guys, or at least making their lives a bit harder, is Don Wooler, one of the country’s top cybercrime busters. Roger Ratcliffe meets him in a secret Yorkshire location.

As a girl Patricia Lemoine wanted to be just like the glamorous dancers she saw in the circus and despite
no training, she pulled it off. Her tale is one of the many stories behind the large-scale portraits in the Retired Performers Project Blackpool, UK. Time and Tide. Antonia Charlesworth finds out more.

On our news pages we revisit Leeds Holbeck to see how the country’s first legal red light area is working out, and we find out about a theatre company tackling depression with musical comedy.

We have TV, home entertainment, cinema and music reviews, plus a preview of an art installation in Toxteth reservoir and a Q&A with Jeanne Marie Laskas, who’s written a book about Obama’s daily letters to ordinary American citizens during his presidency.

Former Loose Woman Coleen Nolan pens a Letter to her Younger Self, and we have our usual competition and puzzles

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