The next Dr Who is female

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BBC has announced that Jodie Whittaker will play the thirteenth doctor on its long-running sci-fi series, "Doctor Who".

"I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet", Whittaker said. So while we wait for season 11 of "Doctor Who" to start (apparently in August 2018, according to Digital Spy), we'll be content watching this video over and over, basking in the beauty of one little fan's pure elation.

The 35-year-old actress will take over the reins from the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in a December after he "regenerates" into the 13th incarnation of the character. But perhaps most importantly, it means that the answer to the pub quiz question "Who was the first female Doctor Who?" isn't Jodie Whittaker, but is actually Joanna Lumley. In case you've never seen it, the science fiction series centers around a "time lord" who travels the universe in a TARDIS (time and relative dimensions in space) spaceship.

COMEDIAN Johnny Vegas posted his support for the next Doctor Who actor, Jodie Whittaker, on social media.

The impact of the casting does not escape the series' new star.

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In an April interview with USA TODAY, Capaldi said that the doctor could "absolutely" be a woman and/or a person of color.

"Because this is a really exciting time and Dr Who represents everything that's exciting about change".

The final episode of the Moffat and Capaldi era is a special scheduled for Christmas Day.

Chris Chibnall said of his casting decision: "I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice". Chibnall, who will be replacing Steven Moffat as showrunner, explained. Her audition simply blew us all away.

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