Following months of speculation, Whittaker was revealed as the 13th Doctor on Sunday (July 15) in a trailer broadcast on BBC One following the conclusion of the Wimbledon men's singles final. "I can't wait." Capaldi, whose Doctor will step down in the upcoming Christmas special, said that Whittaker is a "wonderful actress of great individuality and charm", and that she has "the huge heart" needed to play the Doctor.
We are so bloody chuffed. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away.
"I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey. with every Whovian on this planet", the BBC quoted Whittaker as saying.
He tells the BBC, "I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice". At around 40 seconds in, she reveals her face to the audience, smiles, and heads to the blue police box known as the TARDIS, glowing in a clearing.
35-year-old Whittaker has most recently graced screens as Beth Latimer on the crime drama series Broadchurch, which stars none other than David Tennant - aka, the Tenth Doctor.
While some fans aired their grievances with Whittaker's casting, many others online praised the move - including Baker, who played the Doctor from 1984 to 1986.
Whittaker replaces actor Peter Capaldi, the 12th actor to play the lead, in the iconic role. The BBC reports that she will make her debut on the show around Christmastime. She'll then be on full-time Doctoring duties from 2018, when the next series starts.
Amongst fierce backlash from fans towards the show, Colin tweeted that it was a 'result' to have Jodie taking the helm.