Jodie Whittaker wants fans to embrace Doctor Who changes
18 March 2018 - 8:00 PM

Jodie Whittaker wants fans to embrace Doctor Who changes

Share article:

Jodie Whittaker doesn't want "Doctor Who" fans to be "scared" about her taking over the lead role in the show.

The 35-year-old actress admitted it is "overwhelming" to be the first woman to play the time traveller but she thinks the changes to the show that come with her casting are "really exciting".

She said: "It feels completely overwhelming; as an actor, as a woman, as a feminist, as a human, as someone who wants to continually challenge themselves and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be.

"I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender because this is a really exciting time and "Doctor Who" represents everything that's exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one."

But despite feeling overwhelmed by the show, Jodie didn't feel daunted when she auditioned for the part.

Russell T Davies: The world is ready for a female Doctor

Russell T Davies: The world is ready for a female Doctor

10 April 2018 - 11:00 AM

Russell T Davies: The world is ready for a female Doctor

She told the Sunday Times newspaper: "I went to the audition excited, but I always walk into the room with an attitude of "I sound like this, I look like this, but, believe me, I can do it"."

The actress never watched the show when she was growing up, but became "much more aware" when it was rebooted in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the TARDIS, and when it comes to her favourite incantation of the Time Lord, she'd choose her "Broadchurch" co-star David Tennant.

David Tennant cheated death aged 12

David Tennant cheated death aged 12

9 April 2018 - 1:00 PM

David Tennant cheated death aged 12

She said: "It's wonderful and I absolutely love it. As a family we didn't watch it except at other people's houses. But I was much more aware of it when it came back with Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith."

Asked her favourite Doctor, she added: "David [Tennant], of course, because I know him. I think he was amazing. But there is no right or wrong, there are no rules."

Jodie's casting in the show was shrouded in secrecy, so when it came to discussing the part with her agent and family, she referred to the part as "the Clooney" because she and her husband Christian Contreras - the father of her two-year-old child - were big fans of actor George Clooney.

She explained: "To me and my husband, George is an iconic guy. And we thought, what's a really famous iconic name? It was just fitting."

Megan McKenna and Mike Thalassitis split
24 April 2018

Megan McKenna and Mike Thalassitis split

Megan McKenna and Mike Thalassitis split
Phillip Schofield to co-host ITV royal wedding coverage
24 April 2018

Phillip Schofield to co-host ITV royal wedding coverage

Phillip Schofield to co-host ITV royal wedding coverage
Jason Donovan will 'never' reprise Neighbours role
24 April 2018

Jason Donovan will 'never' reprise Neighbours role

Jason Donovan will 'never' reprise Neighbours role
Stephen Mangan wants 'emotional pain' from The Split
24 April 2018

Stephen Mangan wants 'emotional pain' from The Split

Stephen Mangan wants 'emotional pain' from The Split
Jason Flemyng 'blown away' by Lennie James' Save Me performance
24 April 2018

Jason Flemyng 'blown away' by Lennie James' Save Me performance

Jason Flemyng 'blown away' by Lennie James' Save Me performance
Chelsee Healey plans 3rd boob job
24 April 2018

Chelsee Healey plans 3rd boob job

Chelsee Healey plans 3rd boob job
Steve Pemberton to play Tony Martin
24 April 2018

Steve Pemberton to play Tony Martin

Steve Pemberton to play Tony Martin
Ferne McCann lets go of anger for Arthur Collins
24 April 2018

Ferne McCann lets go of anger for Arthur Collins

Ferne McCann lets go of anger for Arthur Collins
Sally Dynevor 'sad' about Kate Oates departure
24 April 2018

Sally Dynevor 'sad' about Kate Oates departure

Sally Dynevor 'sad' about Kate Oates departure
June Brown signs new EastEnders deal
24 April 2018

June Brown signs new EastEnders deal

June Brown signs new EastEnders deal
Mary Berry: Britain's Best Home Cook won't have 'complex dishes'
24 April 2018

Mary Berry: Britain's Best Home Cook won't have 'complex dishes'

Mary Berry: Britain's Best Home Cook won't have 'complex dishes'
Jasper Carrott: I thought I was immortal
24 April 2018

Jasper Carrott: I thought I was immortal

Jasper Carrott: I thought I was immortal