Doctor Who: First actress announced as Doctor

The next star of Doctor Who has been announced, with the role being given to a woman for the first time ever.

Jodie Whittaker will play the 13th Doctor in the sci-fi drama series. It was announced on BBC One at the end of the Wimbledon Men's singles final.

The 35-year-old takes over from Peter Capaldi, who took over in 2013.

It comes after months of speculation the Broadchurch star could take out the part.

"It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be," Whittaker told The BBC.

However the gender change isn't sitting well with some. Many have taken to Twitter to criticise the decision.

Site Editor at Doctor Who Online Sebastian J Brook says he's "appalled" at some of the comments.

"Whether you agree or disagree with the BBC's decision, there is no place for hate speech," he says.

Mr Brook says it was always planned for the Time Lord to be "metamorphosed into a woman".

Whittaker says fans shouldn't be scared.

"The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one."