Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th Doctor in the long-running British sci-fi series, “Doctor Who.” BBC

After much buzz, Jodie Whittaker finally made her debut on “Doctor Who” as the first female Doctor. Peter Capaldi, who played the 12th Doctor Who, passed on the reins to Whittaker during the Christmas special of the show.

The final scene of Monday’s episode showed Capaldi’s Doctor Who making one last speech before bursting into flames of regeneration and turning into Whittaker’s new Doctor. When Whittaker emerges, she looks shocked and says with a smile, “Oh, brilliant,” before the TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimension In Space) explodes, propelling her character into space as the show fades to a title card that says “To be continued.”

Whittaker is the 13th Doctor Who in the show’s history, and the first female Doctor Who ever. The actress is taking the reins after Capaldi wrapped Season 10 in July. The Christmas special marked a transition between the two Doctors.

In the upcoming Season 11, Whittaker will be joined by cast mates Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.

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