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