Jodie Whittaker has been confirmed as the 13th Doctor in BBC’s Doctor Who, meaning she will be the show’s first female incarnation of the Time Lord since the show first began in 1963.
The Broadchurch star was announced in a trailer after the men’s Wimbledon final, and succeeds Peter Capaldi – who leaves at Christmas – in the lead role of the Time Lord.
Many have campaigned for the Doctor to become a woman – even Peter Capaldi suggested that his replacement should be female, and new showrunner Chris Chibnall – also of Broadchurch – said that the 13th Doctor was always going to be a woman:
“I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice.”
Jodie Whittaker said that it was “more than an honour” to be selected to play the Time Lord.