Doctor Who has revealed its latest time-lord, and at long last, it's just not another wiry, sharp-jawed fella.

UK actor Jodie Whittaker is officially the Thirteenth Doctor, taking the sonic screwdriver from Peter Capaldi as the iconic sci-fi show's first-ever female lead.

BBC made the announcement with this beaut little clip:


In a statement, Whittaker said "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."

On her casting, Whittaker said "as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be, it feels incredible."

35-year-old Whittaker has most recently graced screens as Beth Latimer on the crime drama series Broadchurch, which stars none other than David Tennant - aka, the Tenth Doctor. 

We imagine the pair have already had a bit of a chat about the legitimately huge role. 

There's another connection here, too: Chris Chibnall, the creator of Broadchurch, was also tapped to take over Doctor Who duties from long-running mastermind Steven Moffatt. It was Chibnall's call to cast a female Doctor, too.

Whittaker will be taking over from Capaldi after his final showing for this year's Christmas special. 

Source: The Hollywood Reporter. 
Photo: @bbcdoctorwho / Twitter.