Early look at Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor Who

An early image of Jodie Whittaker in costume as the Doctor in iconic sci-fi show “Doctor Who” has been released.

Whittaker is seen standing in front of the Tardis in the first official image from the BBC, which comes as filming of the new season of “Doctor Who” gets underway. Whittaker replaces Peter Capaldi, whose final appearance in the title role airs over Christmas.

Casting Whittaker (“Broadchurch”) in “Doctor Who” created headlines, as she is the first woman to permanently land the role. “The people that are in these roles that we are excited by, are passionate about, or look up to, don’t always have to tick the same box, and that’s what’s really incredible about it,” Whittaker said amid the hubbub over her casting.

Other cast members have since been announced, including Bradley Walsh as Graham, Tosin Cole as Ryan and Mandip Gill as Yasmin, the Doctor’s companions in the upcoming series.

"Doctor Who" through the years:

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Doctor Who Doctors throughout the years
22nd May 1965: William Hartnell (1908 - 1975, centre) stars as the doctor alongside Dracula and Frankenstein's monster in 'The Chase', an episode of the long-running television series 'Dr Who'. (Photo by Clive Limpkin/Express/Getty Images)
Actor Patrick Troughton, who played the second incarnation of the Doctor in the long-running sci-fi series Doctor Who.
20th January 1973: English actor Jon Pertwee (1916 - 1996) poses with two daleks, his nemesis in the long-running TV series 'Dr Who'. (Photo by Monty Fresco/Evening Standard/Getty Images)
Actress Mary Tamm, the latest to team up with Dr Who (Tom Baker), in the long running BBC TV series. Mary plays Romana, a Time Lady. Baker carries evidence of an encounter with a friend's dog, hence the plaster in his lip.
UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 21: Davison starred as the time-travelling �Doctor� on BBC TV from 1981 to 1984. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
British Actor Colin Baker Who Plays The Doctor In The Bbc Television Series Dr Who. Pictured Here With His Assistant Peri Played By Nicola Bryant And Extras From The Show, 10.04.1986. (Photo by Photoshot/Getty Images)
Actor Sylvester McCoy as Doctor Who, on location at Cloford Quarry near Frome in Somerset.
English actor Paul McGann, August 1990. (Photo by Terry O'Neill/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Christopher Eccleston backstage at the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards held at the Theatre Royal, London (Mandatory Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment)
David Tennant stands infront of the Tardis after arriving for the Doctor Who Series 4 screening at the Apollo West End in central London.
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