The new Doctor Who has just been revealed and it's a WOMAN

For the first time, a woman will play BBC time traveler Doctor Who

For the first time, a woman will play BBC time traveler Doctor Who

Whittaker will succeed Peter Capaldi at the Christmas episode. She is the 13th actor and first woman to play the doctor since the series began in 1963.

The Huddersfield-born star had become a late favourite to become the Doctor.

Doctor Who boss Chris Chibnall worked with Jodie on Broadchurch and has explained how she was his top choice for the iconic role.

There's a new Doctor in the TARDIS.

At the 2016 British Independent Film Awards, the 35 year-old actress donned black asymmetrical pumps from Christian Louboutin with a sophisticated black dress.

She is expected to make her debut during the Christmas special.

In a separate statement, Chibnall explained why he chose Whittaker.

Though names like Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Kris Marshall and Natalie Dormer were being thrown around as possibilities, it's Whittaker who will be replacing Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in the upcoming series, to be shown on BBC One and BBC America.

"Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away", he said.

I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet.

Whittaker is best known for her role in ITV crime drama "Broadchurch".

"I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender".

"And added to that, to be the first woman in that role".

Doctor WhoSeason 10 introduced Pearl Mackie as the new companion, Bill Potts, replacing the previous companion, Jenna Coleman's Clara Oswald, who left after Season 9.

The new Doctor was revealed in an interstitial after the climax of the Wimbledon men's tennis finals on BBC One and an the official Doctor Who Twitter feed. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings: what an unbelievable opportunity. Some praising the BBC for making a "progressive decision" while others are critical saying that the decision was not made to benefit the show, but to be "politically correct". "She's going to be a fantastic Doctor".

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