She is the new Doctor Who

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"I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet", Whittaker said.

British actress Jodie Whittaker, 35, whose casting was unveiled on Sunday, will take over from Scottish actor Peter Capaldi later this year as the 13th incarnation of the Time Lord.

As our colleagues at HuffPost U.K. noted, this kind of response shows exactly why it's so important for iconic characters to be played by both men and women, much like the impact of Wonder Woman has been demonstrating this summer. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope.

Capaldi paid tribute to Whittaker.

"It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, 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", said the actress, adding, "It feels incredible". "She's going to be a fantastic Doctor". 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.

Johnny's Tweet prompted a number of responses, including a few pointing out that Whittaker would be the 13th, not the 14th, doctor, to which Johnny replied: 'Ha!

Moffat is leaving the show with Capaldi and has a new project and a Dracula series in the making with Gatiss. Whittaker will work alongside Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who takes over as executive producer.

"I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our No. 1 choice", Chibnall said, assuring fans that "The 13th Doctor is on her way". "Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role".

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