Thirty-five year old Jodie Whittaker, best known for her role as Beth Latimer in Bafta-winning drama Broadchurch was announced today in a one-minute video clip tweeted on BBC One tweeter handle and aired just after the Wimbledon men’s finals won by Roger Federer.
The current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, who announced earlier this year that the 2017 Christmas special episode will be the last time he will travel in the Tardis.
Whittaker described the role as "incredible" and asked fans of the show "not to be scared by my gender".
She said: "It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can't be.
"Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change... the fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one."
Whittaker revealed she had told "a lot of lies" to keep the announcement secret and used the codename "Clooney" when discussing the role with her husband and agent.
Doctor Who first appeared on BBC TV at 17:16:20 GMT on Saturday,23 November 1963, Whitaker will be the 13th Doctor on the drama.