Celebrities praise new 'Doctor Who' Jodie Whittaker for 'breaking the mold'

The 2017 FOX Upfront at Wollman Rink, Central Park on May 15, 2017 in New York City. ( Andres Otero/

Gillian Anderson led the congratulations for Jodie Whittaker after the actress was unveiled as the first-ever female "Doctor Who."

The "Attack the Block" star's big reveal came in the form of a much-anticipated BBC ad following the network's coverage of the Wimbledon men's final. And following the announcement, a host of famous faces took to social media to praise the former Broadchurch actress' casting in the role.

Sharing a link to a story about the new Doctor, "The Fall" star Gillian wrote: "Yes! #breakthemold (sic) #13thDoctor."

"Star Wars" actor John Boyega, who starred alongside Jodie in "Attack the Block," tweeted, "So proud of Jodie Whittaker. She's going to be awesome !!!" while The Night Of star Riz Ahmed wrote, "Jodie Whittaker is an incredible actress, an amazing person, and I'm so glad she's the new #DoctorWho."

Mad Men actress Abigail Spencer peppered her tweet with clapping hand emojis as she wrote, "THIS IS GREAT NEWS!!!", while Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Elizabeth Henstridge tweeted, "YES. THIS. So cool and so deserved!! #Doctor13 #jodiewhittaker #DoctorWho Exciting times.... x"

Former Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan chanted her congratulations by writing "Jodie Jodie Jodie Jodie Jodie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" on her Twitter page, alongside party popper emojis, and Downton Abbey star Tom Cullen concurred, "Suddenly #DrWho is appealing. YES!!! Jodie Whittaker!!! No one deserves the #DrWho mantle more. She is PERFECT."

However, not everyone was happy with the casting, with "The Avengers" writer and director Joss Whedon commenting: "I'm absolutely for progress and inclusiveness but it is fair to worry when almost every ep of Doctor Who revolved around his big ol' [redacted]."

But Jodie did her utmost to silence her critics when she gave her first interview after her casting announcement, urging fans "not to be scared by my gender".

"This is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that's exciting about change," she told the BBC. "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. It feels incredible."