Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker influenced by Coldplay
2 October 2018 - 3:00 PM

Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker influenced by Coldplay

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Jodie Whittaker says "Coldplay album covers" were behind her Doctor Who outfit.

The 36-year-old actress - who is the first ever woman to play the time-travelling alien - has revealed she needed to have "colour" and "rainbows" included in her Time Lord's outfit for the popular BBC One show.

Speaking to the Radio Times, she said: "I found an old black-and-white image on Google that spoke to me. It's of a woman walking with a purpose in crop trousers, boots, braces and a T-shirt, and she just looks so comfortable and non-gender specific - that was my style point.

"And I needed it to have colour because I respond to colour. I really love the use of colour on Coldplay album covers, which I also showed to [costume designer Ray Holman]. Which is where the rainbow came in - nothing evokes a sense of hope in me more than hundreds of rainbows!"

For Jodie's Doctor, the style includes a pair of cropped trousers with much-needed "pockets", slightly undone boots "that are comfortable to run in" and an iconic two-tone blue coat where the "exterior is day but the lining is dark blue for space" with a rainbow trim.

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The former "Broadchurch" actress admitted she "grew up" with "Doctor Who" and when she was invited to audition, Jodie was told to be her "fidgety" self rather than "mimic a previous" Time Lord's "performance".

She added: "Chris Chibnall [the new showrunner] knew he was writing for a woman. We worked together on "Broadchurch" and he asked me to come in to audition with my own accent, and all my fidgeting, really being me.

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"I think I have an energy Chris felt would drive this part. I'm more comfortable viewing things in the child version of me than the grown-up. I wouldn't say it's being fearless - because children aren't scared they don't have the bruises - perhaps more naivety.

"I'd seen some growing up, but once I started auditioning, Chris was happy for me to come in with fresh eyes. Because of the wonders of the internet I was able to do the research thoroughly without actually watching every episode. I wanted to make sure my choices were instinctive to me, rather than mimicking a previous performance."

"Doctor Who" returns to BBC One on Sunday (07.09.18) in "The Woman Who Fell To Earth" at 6:45pm.

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