"I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice", Chibnell told the BBC. She is going to replace Capaldi in an upcoming Christmas special before she takes on the role in the complete 11th series of Doctor Who next year.
It will also be the first scene scripted by new showrunner Chris Chibnalland is likely to include David Bradley as The First Doctor (played by William Hartnell originally) who popped up in the season 10 finale. "It's more than an honor to play the Doctor". Some praising the BBC for making a "progressive decision" while others are critical saying that the decision wasnot made to benefit the show, but to be "politically correct". "Her audition for the Doctor simply blew us all away", reports The Guardian.
"Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker's work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm." added Capaldi. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part.
The trailer for the new season shows Whittaker pulling back the hood of her sweatshirt, smiling and stepping towards the Tardis, a spaceship that resembles a British police telephone booth.
The show, which first aired in 1963, is produced by BBC Cymru Wales in association with BBC Worldwide.
She will be the 13th Doctor Who, a science fiction time traveler who regularly regenerates, allowing the leading actor to be replaced.
And it's a role Chibnell saidwas always intended for a female actor. "I think that would be a very likely thing to have happen".