The new Doctor Who has been announced - and it's a woman YAAAAS

British actress, Jodie Whittaker was named as the 13th Doctor on the show and she will be replacing actor, Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord.

Why did she want the role of "Doctor Who"?

The move was announced by the BBC overnight with new head writer Chris Chibnall saying Jodie's audition was incredible: "After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we're excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor", he said.

"Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change", she said.

Whittaker will relieve Capaldi of his cosmic adventuring duties this December in the Doctor Who Christmas special that airs every year.

The actress told BBC it was "overwhelming, as a feminist" to become to next Doctor.

The likes of Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, and David Harewood had been tipped to take on the part, but Whittaker's odds shortened dramatically with bookmakers in the UK in the hours before the July 16 announcement.

"It's more than an honour to play the Doctor", she explained.

"I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice".

Whittaker, whose previous roles include Broadchurch, succeeds Peter Capaldi, who took the role in 2013.

In a publicity chat with the BBC, Whittaker urged Whovians to be open about the Doctor's gender switcheroo.

For the first time in 54 years, the role is going to be played by a woman. The 13th Doctor is on her way.

Whittaker, 35, is best known for starring in ITV drama "Broadchurch".

"To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings - what an unbelievable opportunity".

Doctor Who first aired in 1963 and celebrated its 50 anniversary four years ago.

  • Leon Brazil