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Following Peter Capaldi’s January announcement that he plans to step down from the iconic role of The Doctor, the BBC have announced that for the first time ever, a female actor will take up the reins as the 13th Time Lord.

And that female actor is none other than Broadchurch star Jodie Whittaker.

After much speculation, a trailer was released on Friday (July 14) featuring the number 13 in different locations, and it finished with the caption “Meet the 13th Doctor after the Wimbledon men’s final, Sunday 16th July.”

Whittaker rose to fame through her roles in Black Mirror and Broadchurch, the latter of which saw her become one of the most talked about actors in Britain.

Whittaker will officially succeed Peter Capaldi, who took over from Matt Smith in 2013, in the 2017 Christmas special, and in doing so she will make history as the first ever female Doctor.

Capaldi made the announcement about his decision to quit during an interview with BBC Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley in January.

The Glasgow born star of The Thick of It said: “I feel it’s time to move on. I feel said, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on.”

The popular sci-fi series features a Time Lord, known only as The Doctor, who travels through time and space in the Tardis, which resembles a 1960s police telephone box.

The main character has the ability to regenerate, a quirk that has allowed a number of actors to play the role over the years.

Since debuting in 1963 (fun fact: the first ever episode was delayed because of the extended coverage of the Kennedy assassination which took place on the same day), the show has become a cultural phenomenon both in the UK and oversees.

Sophie Aldred, who played Doctor Who’s companion Ace in the 1980s, said: “I’ve been lucky enough to meet most of the doctors and they’ve all been amazing people. Slightly eccentric in some way…very talented actors.

“They just have to be a person who (has) really got something different about them.”