BBC revealed today that the 13th Doctor in the immensely popular Doctor Who series will be Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker, making her the first ever female Doctor in the series.
Whittaker will be replacing the 12th Doctor played by actor Peter Capaldi. News came way of a reveal trailer form BBC seen below, and Twitter is already buzzing with excitement over the decision to cast a female as the series’ latest lead.
Whittaker will take over the role during the 2017 Christmas special, The Doctors set to air on Dec. 25. The actress is known for her roles in the film Venus, and television series including Broadchurch, Black Mirror, and The Assets.
For those not familiar with the Doctor Who series, the sci-fi show produced by the BBC follows a Time Lord referred to as The Doctor. The recasting of The Doctor is written into the plot of the show though the means of reincarnation, which allows for a transformation of body and personality. This was first introduced to the show when the main actor and first Doctor, William Hartnell, became very sick while filming in 1966 in order to continue the program.