Whittaker will officially take over the role in 2018.
Jodie Whittaker will be the thirteenth "Doctor Who". 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.
Finally, the big moment for Doctor Who fans has arrived.
In a separate statement, Chibnall explained why he chose Whittaker.
The notion that Doctor Who should be played by a woman has gained considerable traction among fans in recent years, and many of them have taken to social media to express their excitement over Whittaker's casting.
"Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away", he said.
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For the uninitiated, the BBC series that was first aired in 1963, is about an extraterrestrial being from a planet called Gallifrey.
"It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be", Whittaker said.
For the premiere of "Adult Life Skills", the new Doctor sported pointy-toed pumps with a star-patterned dress.
Why did she want the role of "Doctor Who"? BBC made the announcement after Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title, effectively keeping the blood pressure up for the entire British continent. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part.
She will be the first woman to take the role of the Doctor. But this regeneration's a bit different.
In our recent Ars poll, readers-after some very heated discussions-settled on Kris Marshall to play the next Doctor.