Jodie Whittaker has been speaking about the new direction of Doctor Who in an exclusive interview with Doctor Who Magazine, via Doctor Who TV.
The eleventh series is likely to start filming before the end of the year, and even though we found out over a month ago that she’d be the first woman to play the role, it doesn’t seem to be something that’s drifted too far from her mind, as the Trust Me star expounds.
“Chris [Chibnall] wouldn’t have cast me as the Doctor because he wanted me to repeat anything that had gone before. And I think as a fan you don’t want to watch something that’s an imitation of something that’s gone before. Or what would be the point of recasting?”
Whittaker then went on to open up about how much landing the role meant to her.
“I never thought this opportunity would come. I’m very aware that this is an honour. I would never want anyone to think that I’m underwhelmed by this, because I’m certainly not. In fact I’m completely overwhelmed by it. Of course I’m not ‘it’ yet – Peter [Capaldi] is still the Doctor. But I’m incredibly excited about the fun and opportunity that’s out there. I feel like a kid in a toy shop. I feel like I’m five years old. In a good way – not a terrifying way!”
In a further interview with Rolling Stone, she also recalled how she was feeling on the day the big news was announced.
“The morning of the reveal, I was just walking about my street, thinking, ‘oh this is so weird. Right now, I’m completely anonymous. I’ve got four hours time,’” she said, before adding “a moment like this of being the first woman cast as something, it makes you really think about your sex, whereas actually what you want to do is play a part where your gender is irrelevant. I am a woman, so I don’t need to play that. And so for me, this was the most freeing experience because there’s no right or wrong way to do it. The rules went out the window.”
Previously, it was in an interview with BBC Radio 6 that Jodie Whittaker gave her first thoughts about playing the newest Time Lord (Lady?) in Doctor Who.
Addressing a number of elements, she seemed overjoyed that the news of her casting was finally out there, after a post-Wimbledon video revealed the 13th Doctor.
“I knew it were me under the hood! I knew!” the Broadchurch actress exclaimed to host Shaun Keaveny. “I was one of the four people who knew. And I was like ‘Oh God! Look at me I’m walking towards the TARDIS. I’m walking towards the TARDIS!'”
As for being the first female Doctor, Whittaker spoke positively about mixing things up. “The people that are in these roles that we are excited by, are passionate about, or look up to, don’t always have to tick the same box, and that’s what’s really incredible about it.”
And it seems that after nabbing the role in the BBC’s long-running series, she was able to avoid a lot of the subsequent reactions.
“I’ve missed a lot of the fun stuff, and probably the bad stuff because I am not on any type of social media and never have been,” she said, before adding that she had seen one particular viral tweet, that of Jenny Trout’s daughter discovering Whittaker was to be the 13th Doctor. “There’s an amazing video of a girl watching it and finding out and it’s being played by a girl, and seeing things like that are really exciting.”
— %uD83C%uDFF3%uFE0F%u200D%uD83C%uDF08Jenny Trout (@Jenny_Trout) July 16, 2017
Chris Chibnall will be taking over from Steven Moffat as showrunner when Jodie starts her run on Doctor Who in earnest, and she thinks he’ll be able to add a new kind of perspective to the series. “He’s come from the fan point of view, so the direction he’s going to take it in is going to be amazing.”
Some of the previous Doctors – though she didn’t name names – have also reached out with a word or two, upon hearing the news. “The overwhelming sense is ‘this is such an exciting journey that you are about to go on, and it’s to be enjoyed.’ There’s no advice you can give because no person plays the part the same.”
Whittaker will replace outgoing Doctor Peter Capaldi in a forthcoming Christmas special. You can listen to the whole radio interview right here.
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