If only our former editor Sabba Rahbar was with us today, she could give so much more insight to what this means for Doctor Who.
The 13th Doctor was announced in a much-anticipated reveal by the BBC on Sunday.
Speculation has been rife over who might play the Time Lord in the character’s 13th iteration, after the 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi, announced he would step down from the role in December after four years on the show.
Jodie Whittaker will be the first woman to play the Doctor.
Here was the announcement on Twitter:
Whittaker released the following statement regarding the news:
“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris [Chibnall, the showrunner] and with every Whovian on this planet.
It’s more than an honor 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.”
You may recognize Whittaker from shows including Broadchurchand Adult Life Skills.
The Doctor is a Time Lord, an alien species with the ability to “regenerate” into a new physical form when critically wounded, a plot device that was invented back in the original run in the 1960s to allow the show to continue running with a new actor when William Hartnell — who played the First Doctor — chose to leave the show.