Australian fans of Doctor Who have given the thumbs up to the long-running sci-fi TV show’s decision to appoint a woman to star as the famous time lord for the first time.
British actress Jodie Whittaker, 35, was unveiled by the BBC overnight as the 13th Doctor, making her the the first woman in the show’s 50-year history to take on the role.
Fans of the show in Australia took to social media to praise the Doctor’s gender switch.
“Welcome to the Whovian family Jodie! Yes! A female Doctor. Bring on Christmas,” Joy bellz tweeted.
Whittaker is best known for her recent role in the BBC drama Broadchurch, in which she played Beth Latimer, the mother of a murdered boy.
She'll take over from the hugely popular Peter Capaldi when he farewells the series in the program's annual Christmas special.
There had been enormous amounts of speculation about who would take over from Capaldi, leading to division among some fans about whether it was time for a female Doctor.
Adam Richard, co-host of the ABC's Whovians program tweeted: "I'm very excited about Beth Latimer taking control of the TARDIS!"
Members of the Doctor Who Club of Australia largely welcomed the switch to a woman Doctor.
"Welcome to the TARDIS, Doctor. I hope you enjoy your stay, which I also hope is a long one," Stephen Coppins wrote on the club's Facebook page.