And the new lead of Doctor Who is… Jodie Whittaker. The Broadchurch actor will replace Peter Capaldi as The Doctor in this year’s Christmas special.
After the Wimbledon Men’s Final, which Roger Federer won in straight sets, the BBC announced Whittaker would be the 13th actor, and the first woman, to play the Time Lord.
So, how did fans react to the unveiling? Well, it marked the end of a long day for Whovians…
Firstly, fans had to sit through an ENTIRE tennis match to find who’d be taking control of the Tardis.
— Dana Robinson (@moaning_oldlady) July 16, 2017
— Marie (@mp_lafee) July 16, 2017
— Rosie (@rosieking__) July 16, 2017
And the tennis couldn’t even distract fans from the impending announcement as cameras kept cutting to former Doctor David Tennant in the crowd.
— Guy Lambert (@GRALambo) July 16, 2017
— Graham Leslie (@HeronBlue84) July 16, 2017
Many were begging for the final between Roger Federer and Marin Cilic to be over as soon as possible…
— Tom Beasley (@TomJBeasley) July 16, 2017
— Tricia Grace (@sapphiremoon01) July 16, 2017
While other fans kept their mind occupied imagining how the unveiling would go down…
— Paul Lang (@rudemrlang) July 16, 2017
— Pete (@peteturton85) July 16, 2017
Finally, Federer won the match and fans were glued to screens…
— Kate ???????????????????? (@KateHaus11) July 16, 2017
— Andy (@AndyScrivana) July 16, 2017
— Benjamin Cook (@benjamin_cook) July 16, 2017
— Paul Jones (@Jonesvision) July 16, 2017
— Tuğrul (@TurkTug297) July 16, 2017
And then it happened. Over 35 minutes after Federer won the match, the BBC dropped a video of a hooded character walking through the woods, Tardis key materialising in their hands…
— Doctor Who (@bbcdoctorwho) July 16, 2017
The Whoniverse then gave out a collective cheer of “yes! It’s a woman!”
— parris (@supernovalester) July 16, 2017
— Laura Tisdall (@LauraTisdall) July 16, 2017
— Scott Springer (@scott_springer) July 16, 2017
And better still, it’s Whittaker, an actress the Twitterverse greeted with high praise…
— Edward Behan (@EdwardBehan) July 16, 2017
— Benjamin L Harris, Writer (@benjaminwriter) July 16, 2017
— Sara (@sara_kath) July 16, 2017
Next episode can’t come soon enough.
Doctor Who returns to BBC1 this Christmas