The 35-year-old actress will take over the reins from the current Doctor, Peter Capaldi, in a December after he "regenerates" into the 13th incarnation of the character. "Massive insult to the non-binary, gender- neutral community".
The new Doctor was revealed in an interstitial after the climax of the Wimbledon men's tennis finals on BBC One and on the official "Doctor Who" Twitter feed.
The clip sees Jodie obscured with a hood before she walks towards the TARDIS and shows her face, revealing her to be the next Doctor - how exciting! "Dr Who just made a step in the right direction".
As our colleagues at HuffPost U.K. noted, this kind of response shows exactly why it's so important for iconic characters to be played by both men and women, much like the impact of Wonder Woman has been demonstrating this summer. "She's going to be awesome!" while The Night Of star Riz Ahmed wrote, "Jodie Whittaker is an incredible actress, an fantastic person, and I'm so glad she's the new #DoctorWho".
But lest some fans worry that her interpretation of Dr Who could prove to be a bitter pill to swallow, she added: "I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender".
"This is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change", she told the BBC. While the news of a female Doctor came as a pleasant surprise to many, some wondered if the choice was deliberate, or as a reaction to fan campaigning. Moffat is leaving the show with Capaldi and has a new project and a "Dracula" series in the making with Gatiss. Whittaker will work alongside Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall, who takes over as executive producer.
"Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away", he said.