Doctor Who Casts Jodie Whittaker as First Female In Lead Role — Watch

The first female Doctor is among us.

Doctor Who has tapped Broadchurch‘s Jodie Whittaker to play the Thirteenth Doctor after departing star Peter Capaldi makes his final appearance as Twelve in this December’s Christmas special.

The highly anticipated casting was announced following the conclusion of the Wimbledon men’s final on Sunday.

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey with [new showrunner Chris Chibnall] and with every Whovian on this planet,” Whittaker said in a statement. “It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

Season 10 of the revived Doctor Who, Capaldi’s third as the Time Lord, came to a close on July 1. In addition to Capaldi, showrunner Steven Moffat is also on his way out, to be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chibnall in Season 11.

Whittaker’s previous TV credits include Black Mirror, Cranford, The Night Watch and Tess of the D’Urbervilles.

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