Doctor Who is coming back as a woman

Jodie Whittaker is the new Dr Who. Source: BBC

The 13th Time Lord will be a woman for the first time, with the BBC announcing overnight that Jodie Whittaker will replace Peter Capaldi as Doctor Who.

The new Doctor was revealed following the Wimbledon men’s singles final, won by Roger Federer.

Whittaker, 35, from West Yorkshire, is best known for playing the grieving mother Beth Latimer in the ITV drama Broadchurch.

She will debut in the Doctor Who Christmas special as Capaldi makes his farewell.

Here’s the trailer the BBC used to announce the news:

The news was welcomed by one well known former member of the cast:

Along with former Doctor Colin Baker:

Baker also tackled the backlash against the female Doctor: