The BBC announced Sunday to the world – and the universe – that Jodie Whittaker will be the new Doctor on the long-running Doctor Who program, the first female doctor in the history of the show that has run for 26 seasons.
Whittaker will be the Thirteenth Time Lord and take over from Peter Capaldi who leaves the show in this year’s Christmas Special.
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet,” she said in a news release. “It’s more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”
Whittaker won’t be the only new component of the series when it returns. New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall will take over from Steven Moffat on the next series. Chibnall, made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role, according to the BBC.
Whittaker is known for Chibnall’s hit show Broadchurch, which also stars former Doctor Who actor David Tennant.