Actress Julie Hesmondhalgh has led tributes to her Broadchurch co-star Jodie Whittaker after she was revealed as the first female Doctor in Doctor Who.
Hesmondhalgh described the Yorkshire-born actress as one of the “acest” and funniest people she had ever worked with adding she was “over the moon” in a post on Twitter.
Other stars from across the world of TV and film joined in on the praise with former Doctor Colin Baker lauding the BBC for “doing the right thing”.
And Tracy-Ann Oberman has previously starred in Doctor Who posted: “A generation of young Whovians who will now know that as a female in the Universe you don’t have to be the assistant.”
Well I never the BBC really did do the right thing and let the Doctor be in touch with her feminine side. As a father of daughters - result!— Colin Baker (@SawbonesHex) July 16, 2017
Dark Mirror creator Charlie Brooker – who cast Whittaker in the first series of the hit show – said it was a “great choice”.
Jodie Whittaker = great in everything she's done. Co-starred in Black Mirror S1E3, "The Entire History of You" (aka "the rewindy-eyes one").— Charlie Brooker (@charltonbrooker) July 16, 2017
Other celebrity fans of the hit sci-fi show, including actress Angela Griffin and broadcaster Matt Edmondson, also welcomed the news.
Matt Edmondson tweeted: “Woo Hoo! I bloody love Jodie Whittaker – met her at a party once, and she was beyond pleasant. What a top bit of casting.”