Jodie Whittaker: Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord to be a woman

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Current Doctor Peter Capaldi stepped down this past January and will end his run with this year's Christmas special.

Some say the character was written as a male, has always been a male, and should remain a male.

Capaldi became the 12th Doctor Who in December 2013. Capaldi is an immensely brilliant actor, capable of great range and extraordinary skill in the tasks he is set.

The announcement was teased during coverage of Roger Federer's semi-final clash with Tomas Berdych on Friday evening, while the official Doctor Who Twitter account also released a trailer. In the clip, the new mysterious doctor was shown walking through a forest wearing a long hooded jacket.

This was also Steven Moffat's final season as the showrunner and head writer on Doctor Who. A spokesman for Jodie Whittaker was unavailable for comment.

Jodie Whittaker has been confirmed as Doctor Who's 13th Doctor, the Whoniverse's first leading lady, and I'm really quite sad.

He brought the series back!

When and where will it happen?

Whittaker's other credits include "Black Mirror", Sky 1's "The Smoke", and 2008's "Venus".

On Sunday night, the speculation will finally come to an end. The power of his voice, and the echoes of Malcolm Tucker it brought, will surely be missed.

It's very nerve-racking, as it's been so secret!

Think Princess Leia in Star Wars, Dana Scully in The X-Files, and of course the groundbreaking Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, in the Alien films.

PM 'pleased' with BBC's decision to cast woman in iconic TV role.

Whittaker is expected to first appear in the Christmas Special and take over the role in the following season.

The actress has previously asked fans to not let the fact she is a woman worry them.

Rather than a huge announcement, some fans feel like it would be better to have the show surprise us.

In an interview with BBC of America, Jodie Whittaker shared her excitement on the upcoming series. The full power of Capaldi's craggy, harsh yet soft voice has been used for a range of things throughout his tenure. As she takes her place in both time and our television screens, there can be no doubts about her suitability for the role. As a British chameleon of impeccable talent, the next saga in the Whovian universe is sure to be in the hands of a master of transformation.

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