She is the first woman to sign on as the lead in the show, which has been running for 54 years.
TV critic Maureen Ryan, writing in the Variety trade publication, was more circumspect: "I do want to see a woman of colour, or a non-white man, as the Doctor, of course". The accolade of being The Doctor means Whittaker can add her name to an impressive list comprising of William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker, Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy, Paul McGann, John Hurt, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, who have portrayed the Timelord since his first adventure back in 1963.
Yesterday the internet rightly celebrated as it was announced that Jodie Whittaker would become the first woman to take on the role of The Doctor.
"Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away", he said.
"I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender", she said. Whittaker and Chibnall previously worked together on "Broadchurch". Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. "She is PERFECT." However, not everyone was happy with the casting, with The Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon commenting: "I'm absolutely for progress and inclusiveness but it is fair to worry when nearly every ep of Doctor Who revolved around his big ol' d**k".