Gillian Anderson praises new Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker for 'breaking the mould'

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Whittaker, best known for playing the mother of a murdered boy in detective drama "Broadchurch", will replace Scottish actor Peter Capaldi at the end of the year, the BBC said.

But here's the thing: Whittaker isn't actually the first woman to play the iconic role.

But others were thrilled, with one post - retweeted thousands of times - showing a girl watching the trailer of Whittaker walking towards the Tardis time machine in a forest, before exclaiming excitedly: "The new doctor is a girl!"

So while we wait for season 11 of "Doctor Who" to start (apparently in August 2018, according to Digital Spy), we'll be content watching this video over and over, basking in the beauty of one little fan's pure elation. She added, "I've told a whole lot of lies!"

The Attack the Block star's big reveal came in the form of a much-anticipated BBC ad following the network's coverage of the Wimbledon men's final. "She's going to be awesome!" while The Night Of star Riz Ahmed wrote, "Jodie Whittaker is an incredible actress, an wonderful person, and I'm so glad she's the new #DoctorWho".

When asked how it feels to be the first female Doctor, Whittaker 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 and can't be". The outgoing showrunner will be handing over the show to Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall.

On Sunday, Capaldi said, "Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker's work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm (who's) going to be a fantastic Doctor". "Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role".

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