Whittaker is first female Doctor Who

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British actress Jodie Whittaker, 35, whose casting was unveiled on Sunday, will take over from Scottish actor Peter Capaldi later this year as the 13th incarnation of the Time Lord.

David Tennant won't be the only Broadchurch actor who has played Doctor Who anymore as another face from the ITV drama is about to take on the famous character.

After months and months of speculation, the identity of the thirteenth individual to step into the role of the titular hero in Doctor Who has now been revealed.

TV critic Maureen Ryan, writing in the Variety trade publication, was more circumspect: "I do want to see a woman of colour, or a non-white man, as the Doctor, of course".

Dr Who, a time-travelling, humanoid alien who traverses the universe, has won a loyal following since the show first aired in 1963, reported Agence France-Presse.

What does Whittaker have to say about being the next Doctor Who?

Wide-eyed In the episode most people have a chip implanted in their ear which allows their memories to be played back to them so they are essentially travelling through time

The impact of the casting does not escape the series' new star.

Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change.

Yep, before she became a championed pissing away million of pounds of public money on a stupid garden bridge, she (very) briefly played one of science fiction's most iconic characters.

In an April interview with USA TODAY, Capaldi said that the doctor could "absolutely" be a woman and/or a person of color.

The final episode of the Moffat and Capaldi era is a special scheduled for Christmas Day. Chibnall, who will be replacing Steven Moffat as showrunner, explained.

"After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we're excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor", Chibnall said in a statement of his own.

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