Jodie Whittaker revealed as first woman Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker revealed as first woman Doctor Who

The BBC on Sunday released a minute-long video of a cloaked figure walking through a forest towards the Doctor's signature blue telephone box spaceship, the Tardis.

The Broadchurch star succeeds Peter Capaldi, who took the role in 2013 and leaves in this year's Christmas special.

Whittaker's casting marks the first ever woman to play the role since William Hartnell originated it in 1963.

As Capaldi just finished filming his scenes in the upcoming Christmas special last weeks, it is likely that the first scene with Whittker is set to shoot on Monday, July 17.

The actress told BBC it was "overwhelming, as a feminist" to become to next Doctor.

She said: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet". Some praising the BBC for making a "progressive decision" while others are critical saying that the decision was not made to benefit the show, but to be "politically correct".

"I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman".

"[Jodie's] audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away". Moffat has been involved in the resurgence of both Doctor Who and another famed BBC series, Sherlock.

"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 added.

Capaldi described Whittaker as "a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm".

Whittaker previously starred on Broadchurch, Black Mirror, The Smoke and several miniseries including The Assets and Wired.

'I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change, ' she explained. It was Chibnall's call to cast a female Doctor, too.