Jodie Whittaker and Theresa May

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Theresa Might’s approval was confirmed in an announcement from her spokesman

The brand new Physician has a buddy in Downing Road, with Theresa Might saying she is “happy” by Jodie Whittaker’s casting.

The entrance door of Quantity 10 featured in a teaser trailing the brand new Physician’s unveiling, main many to invest the following Time Lord could be feminine, identical to its present incumbent.

Others to welcome Whittaker’s casting embrace Star Wars’ John Boyega, who predicted she could be “awesome“.

Actress Karen Gillan additionally signalled her approval with an enthusiastic tweet.

“Jodie Jodie Jodie Jodie Jodie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” the previous Physician Who companion wrote on Twitter.

“Congratulations Jodie Whittaker!” tweeted Sylvester McCoy, who performed the Physician from 1987 to 1989. “One small step for girls, one large leap for womenkind.”

Gillian Anderson, David Harewood and former Bake Off co-host Sue Perkins additionally applauded her imminent arrival on social media.

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A mean of four.6 million viewers have been watching BBC One when the id of the brand new Physician was revealed on Sunday afternoon.

Whittaker, 35, was seen approaching the Tardis in a clip broadcast on the finish of the Wimbledon males’s singles ultimate.

The information was lined extensively in Monday’s newspapers, a number of of which put Whittaker’s face on their front pages.

Amid the euphoria, although, got here a component of confusion over the place the actress matches into the Physician Who chronology.

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Media captionFormer author for Physician Who tells Right this moment followers do not must be apprehensive in regards to the character’s gender

Whittaker, greatest identified for her function in ITV drama Broadchurch, has been billed by the BBC as “the 13th Physician”.

But Sir John Harm performed an iteration of the Physician within the present’s 50th anniversary particular, main some followers to query whether or not Whittaker’s Time Lord will certainly be the character’s 13th incarnation.

In line with the BBC’s Lizo Mzimba, nonetheless, Sir John doesn’t have the identical stature as the opposite actors to play the function, which in recent times have included Matt Smith, David Tennant and Peter Capaldi.

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Sir John Harm (proper) appeared with Matt Smith and David Tennant in The Day of the Physician

“In 2013, John Harm performed an incarnation of the Time Lord who was retroactively revealed to have come within the Physician Who timeline between the eighth Physician, Paul McGann, and the ninth Physician, Christopher Eccleston,” he explains.

“However Harm’s ‘Battle Physician’ rejected referring to himself as ‘The Physician’, which means the long-established numerical order was maintained.”

Earlier than Broadchurch, Whittaker was seen reverse Peter O’Toole within the 2006 movie Venus, alongside Boyega in 2011’s Assault the Block, and as a firefighter’s girlfriend in Sky 1’s The Smoke.

Earlier than making her debut because the Physician within the Christmas episode of Physician Who, the Huddersfield native will probably be seen as a nurse who pretends to be a health care provider in BBC One drama Trust Me.

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