Doctor Who has existed for 36 seasons on the BBC, starting in 1963, with 12 men playing the Doctor over the years.
Of taking on the iconic role, she said: "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey - with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away", reports The Guardian.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Whittaker - who worked with Chibnall and "10th Doctor" David Tennant on Broadchurch - beat out actresses like Tilda Swinton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who will appear in the upcoming Han Solo standalone film, for the Who role. The transition from one lead actor to the next, known inside the show as a regeneration, is a hallmark of the series.
Technologically efficient, the Time Lord keeps a watch on the world from his, her in Jodie's case, spaceship named Tardis.
There will be a familiar face for her on set - Doctor Who's new showrunner is Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall.
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Whittaker is expected to first appear in the Christmas Special and take over the role in the following season.
Doctor Who is a great job but it's a bit of a television factory.
If this fan's reaction is anything to go by, so did everyone else.
First and foremost, Whittaker will become the first female Doctor Who. "I can't wait", Whittaker said.
He then went on to share his disappointment at the negative reactions from fans, especially those who vowed to boycott the show.
"I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender", Whittaker said in a BBC interview after her casting was revealed.
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