In absolutely amazing casting news, British actor Olivia Colman will be playing Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix's epic royal drama The Crown, in seasons three and four. Getty Images / Hulton Archive If you are unfamiliar with The Crown, it tells the story of the British Royal family, particularly the relationship between The Queen and Prince Phillip, from 1945 to the present day. As each season examines one decade, they have decided to replace the entire cast of the show every two seasons to make it look as authentic as possible. So, Claire Foy, who is on the left, has one more season as the current Queen and Olivia Colman, on the right, will take over from her next year. Netflix / Getty Images tl;dr The Crown is basically Doctor Who but with crown jewels instead of a TARDIS. The casting news has excited a hell of a lot of people, particularly Gillian Anderson. Twitter: @GillianA And many people made this point. Vinay Patel @VinayPatel But she’s already a queen tho https://t.co/gJeVyI77ys 12:06 AM - 27 Oct 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite And there's this to think about too. Alex Trimboli @Nicole_Cliffe I'm so happy about Olivia Colman taking on The Crown, she is a genius and she will elevate this whole thing. But who will play crap Philip?? 11:05 PM - 26 Oct 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Colman is one of Britain's finest actors. Everything she does is bloody great, from DI Miller in murder detective show Broadchurch... ITV / Kudos Film and Television and Shine ...to Angela Burr in the alluring Night Manager... BBC / AMC ...to Deborah in Flowers, to Godmother in Fleabag, to Sally in Twenty Twelve, to Marion in Thomas the Tank Engine.... BBC (I've been watching Thomas the Tank Engine with my three year old Nephew, Jack, and can confirm that she is very good in it). ...to Doris Thatcher in the epic Hot Fuzz. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF Working Title And that's not forgetting her roles in Peep Show, Rev, Mr Sloane, that one episode of Doctor Who. I could go on all day. Oh and all of these too (confirmation that she is fantastic in all of these things and you should watch). monster ☠️ meg @megistheworst OLIVIA COLMAN SYLLABUS FOR THE UNINFORMED: 1. BROADCHURCH 2. FLEABAG 3. FLOWERS 4. THE NIGHT MANAGER 5. THE LOBSTER 10:28 PM - 26 Oct 2017 Reply Retweet Favorite Olivia Colman + The Crown = cannot bloody wait. ITV / Kudos Film and Television and Shine Let us know in the comments if you have any ideas of who should be Prince Philip (it's currently Matt Smith).