“I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman,” Chris Chibnall, the show’s new head writer and executive producer, said on Sunday. “We’re thrilled to have secured our number one choice.”
Whittaker herself had urged fans on Sunday “not to be scared by my gender.”
Colin Baker, who played the sixth Doctor, was among those who lauded the decision, tweeting that “the BBC really did do the right thing and let the Doctor be in touch with her feminine side.” He added: “As a father of daughters - result!” He later also wrote: “Change my dears and not a moment too soon - she IS the Doctor whether you like it or not!”
Tracy-Ann Oberman, who has appeared in Doctor Who in the past, wrote: "A generation of young Whovians who will now know that as a female in the Universe you don't have to be the assistant."
They joined other positive reviews for the casting decision, which included such tweets as “Jodie Whittaker is an awesome choice” and “The Dr.Read more at HollywoodReporter