The BBC revealed the news shortly after the men’s Wimbledon final; a joke that is only now beginning to dawn on people.
Whittaker, whose Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman was a favourite to take over in the TARDIS, will be the 13th official Doctor, and the first woman to play the role.
Doctor Who‘s new head writer, Chris Chibnall, who also created Broadchurch, said he had been clear about the direction he wanted to take the show.
“I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice,” he said. “Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away.
Whittaker said she couldn’t wait to begin a journey “with every Whovian on the planet”.
“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.”
Inevitably, disgruntled male fans of the show have started ballaching about the casting decision, but this has simply led to some charming smackdowns on Twitter.
The BBC had been criticised this year after the Doctor’s popular companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie, was killed off at the end of the series, despite being the first major gay character on the show.
Many fans had hoped that the 13th Doctor would be a woman, after Peter Capaldi announced his departure from the programme in January this year.
Fleabag and Star Wars actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Tilda Swinton, had also been rumoured to be contenders for the role.
Guys…we’ve got a female Doctor! THIS IS THE BEST!
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