'Doctor Who' fans cheer first female Doctor's debut

Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who: Watch the Doctor's first female regeneration

Jodie Whittaker has made her debut as the first female Time Lord in the Christmas special of Doctor Who.

The five-minute video, which was the end of the series' Christmas special, features outgoing star Peter Capaldi regenerating into Whittaker, who will become the 13th time lord in the franchise's more than 50-year history.

The good news is that it's very easy to watch Doctor Who in the UK. Knowing this allows Moffat to play around with his characters and show how, despite being an inherently good and heroic character that travels all of time and space righting wrongs, the Doctor is also a fascinatingly flawed individual - one that is nonetheless capable of embracing change.

This is another unusual move for the show as the Doctor tends to regenerate with an audience (his companions), but Whittaker's new Doctor will find herself alone in the TARDIS console room. The Broadchurch actress was cast with much fanfare this past July, and will be the first woman to helm the TARDIS - although, judging by yesterday's episode, the ship is in need of some fix. Additionally, Bradley will also appear, portraying the First Doctor.

After 54 years and 826 episodes, the Doctor has regenerated as a woman.

The actress embarked on her Doctor Who journey with a bang as she fell from the Tardis moments after transforming into the Time Lord. Perhaps new showrunner Chris Chibnall will take the more traditional route and leave us all waiting until the Fall to hear her first words?

Whether or not Whittaker does is yet to be seen.

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