Jodie Whittaker speaks at the "Doctor Who" panel on day one of Comic-Con International on Thursday, July 19, 2018, in San Diego.(Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Photo credit: Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Comic-Con fans go wild meeting first female 'Doctor Who'

July 19, 2018 - 1:32 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Some 6,500 Comic-Con attendees cheered on the 13th "Doctor Who" Jodie Whittaker Thursday in San Diego in her first public appearance since getting the coveted role.

Whittaker is the first woman to play the role, which has also been played by Peter Capaldi and Matt Smith.

The English actress described the Comic-Con experiences as "loud" and "amazing" and says she has felt "lots of support."

Many fans in the convention center's Hall H waited in line overnight to get a spot in the panel. Some also wore their best Doctor Who costumes.

Little was revealed about the upcoming season of the highly secretive show. The new showrunner Chris Chibnall says its important to preserve the communal viewing experience.

The 11th season will debut on BBC America in the fall.