Jodie Whittaker will replace Peter Capaldi as the 13th Doctor Who, becoming the first female doctor it has been confirmed.
The BBC released the first trailer for the new series, with the Doctor walking through the woods, discovering the Tardis and revealing their new look.
Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker was one of the bookies favourites to take the role.
Jodie played Beth Latimer in all three series of the hit ITV drama, but as the time loomed for the announcement Ladbrokes dropped her odds to just 5-4 to become the first ever female doctor.
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She previously denied involvement with Doctor Who, however in a recent YouTube interview she remained cagey not confirming she wasn’t the new Doctor.
Jodie has also previously appeared on Black Mirror and reality-based spy drama miniseries The Assets on ABC.
Jodie said in a statement: “I’m 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.”
New showrunner Chris Chibnall added: “After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.
“I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth 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 Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”
Outgoing Doctor Peter Capaldi added: “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm.
“She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said: “Making history is what Doctor Who is all about and Chris Chibnall’s bold new take on the next Time Lord is exactly that. The nation is going to fall in love with Jodie Whittaker – and have lots of fun too!”
Piers Wenger, Controller BBC Drama also said: “Jodie is not just a talented actor but she has a bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor.
“She aced it in her audition both technically and with the powerful female life force she brings to the role. She is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.”
Doctor Who will return to BBC One for the Christmas special.