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'Doctor Who's' future is Jodie Whittaker, the first woman in the lead role

Jodie Whittaker is the first woman to lead "Doctor Who." (BBC America)
Jodie Whittaker is the first woman to lead "Doctor Who." (BBC America)

History has been made: BBC and BBC America announced Sunday that the new Doctor Who will be Jodie Whittaker, the first woman in the role. 

"I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey — with [producer] Chris [Chibnall] and with every Whovian on this planet," Whitaker said in the announcement, which made her the 13th person to lead the series. "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.”

Whittaker will replace Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord when he leaves the global hit at Christmas. New head writer and executive producer Chibnall, who takes over from Steven Moffat, made the decision to cast Whitaker. 

"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. "Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role.”

Fans have been demanding a female Doctor for years. Reaction so far? The Internets are celebrating:

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