The answer to many fans’ question has been answered.

The next Doctor Who taking over from outgoing Peter Capaldi has been revealed to be Jodie Whittaker.

Capaldi announced in January that he would be quitting the long-running TV programme.

The role of Time Lord will for the first time be assumed by a female character who would be playing the 13th Doctor in the BBC1 drama.

Whittaker’s selection has been applauded both by audiences and critics at large, as well as within the programme’s camp.

According to the new executive producer and head writer, Chris Chibnall, “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.

“I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice. 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. The 13th Doctor is on her way.”

Whittaker said she’s “beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honour 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”.

Doctor Who has been running on BBC1 since 1963- with a revival in 2005- and has had 12 doctors so far.

Capaldi became the 12th Doctor Who in December 2013.

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