17/07/2017 1:47 AM AEST | Updated 17/07/2017 7:23 AM AEST

New 'Doctor Who' Actor Confirmed As Jodie Whittaker

Jodie Whittaker has been confirmed as the latest actor to take on the lead role in 'Doctor Who'.

The star will become the 13th incarnation of the Time Lord in the sci-fi series, after the BBC announced the news on Sunday (16 July).

Jodie will take over control of the TARDIS during this year's Christmas special, which will also mark the last appearance from the current Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi.

The announcement put an end to the months of speculation as to the identity of the 13th Doctor, and names who were linked to the role included Phoebe Waller-Bridge, David Harewood, Olivia Colman and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Peter Capaldi stepped down from 'Doctor Who' earlier this year

Jodie's first full series as the Doctor will air in 2018, and will also serve as the first episodes from new executive producer Chris Chibnall.

The 'Broadchurch' creator is taking over from current boss Steven Moffat, who has stepped down after six years at the helm.

Peter's last episode will feature the First Doctor - played by David Bradley - after he made an appearance during the series finale earlier this month.

It has also been reported that his farewell would also see the return of a familiar face from The Doctor's past to see him off in style.