"I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey, with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet", Whittaker said.
Broadchurch star Whittaker replaces Peter Capaldi, who became the 12th doctor in 2013 and who told BBC radio in January that it was "time to move on".
British actress Jodie Whittaker was announced Sunday as the next star of the long-running science fiction series "Doctor Who" - the first woman to take a role that has been played by a dozen men over six decades.
In a testament to the place "Doctor Who" holds in Britain's cultural life, the revelation was made on live television after the Wimbledon men's tennis final.
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". Moffat has stated that Chibnall will write the end of the 2017 Christmas special, which will introduce Jodie as the 13th Doctor. "She's going to be a fantastic Doctor".More news: Jack Wilshere Transfer Reportedly Wanted by Sampdoria
The actress, who starred in British award-winning crime drama Broadchurch, is ready to stamp her mark on the character.
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.
Moffat is leaving the show with Capaldi and has a new project and a Dracula series in the making with Gatiss. Capaldi will step down after three series and 39 episodes in the role.
"I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman", Chibnall revealed in an official statement, "and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice".