We’re getting braced (yellow, naturally) for the premiere of Doctor Who’s eleventh series in less than three weeks. So it’s high time we heard from the Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker.
“If you’ve never seen the show before this is a great season to start with,” said the Yorkshire-born Whittaker. “The show has a very rich history of about 55 years. The wonderful thing about this is every time there’s new cast members, and new Doctors or new companions, the show is regenerated in a literal sense with the character. New energy is brought into it…It doesn’t need an encyclopedic knowledge of Doctor Who to get into it.”
“If you’ve never seen the show before this is a great season to start with”
“If you’re a fan of the show already, it’s got everything you expect. It’s got new monsters, it’s got fantastic new worlds. It’s also got worlds that we’re familiar with, but are maybe seen from different points of view. It honours everything that has gone before, but it then has a different burst of energy with all the new cast members.”
We’ve written extensively about Jodie Whittaker’s career to date, but if you need a refresher. The 36-year-old actor made her film debut in 2006’s Venus opposite Peter O’Toole and made a name for herself on the stage. She co-starred in the Joe Cornish-directed Attack the Block and appeared in the first series of Black Mirror in 2011. Whittaker was praised for her role as Beth Latimer in the ITV drama series Broadchurch created by incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall.
“Doctor Who is for everyone and anyone…We wanted to make a series that was very inclusive because for people like me, we’re all very new Whovians as well. We’re introduced into this world as new fans will be on this season,” said Whittaker.
“Doctor Who is for everyone and anyone”
When asked what the themes are important in this new series, Whittaker responded, “Friendship and loyalty and survival. All things that are very human, interlaced with things that are very far from human and familiar. It’s a very inclusive world.”
“When I watch TV and film I want to feel engrossed and excited, particularly in this world and genre. Doctor Who in itself is its own genre. I suppose you want it to feel like a roller coaster ride!”