In an exclusive new interview with The Sunday Times, Jodie Whittaker tells fans not to fear a female Doctor Who and talks about exciting times ahead.
Chrissy Isley in today’s Sunday Times puts the big question to Jodie Whittaker that everyone wants to ask – how it feels to play the first female Doctor. “It feels completely overwhelming,” says Whittaker, “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.”
The amazing woman who will play the Thirteenth Doctor goes on to say, “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.”
Whittaker recalls Some Like It Hot being an inspirational film for her when she was a child. Tellingly, she says that she wanted to be the Jack Lemon character – a man masquerading as a woman – rather than Marilyn Monroe’s Sugar Kane.
Jodie Whittaker famously played Beth Latimer in ITV’s Broadchurch alongside David Tennant who she says is her favourite Doctor Who. When asked why she likes Tennant’s Doctor best she reveals, “because I know him. I think he was amazing. But there is no right or wrong, there are no rules.”
On being recognised since being cast as the Thirteenth Doctor, Whittaker says that people have been lovely so far and talks about a ‘little lad’ in Cardiff plucking up the courage to speak to her. While she remains a private individual, Whittaker wants to make it easy for fans to talk to her, although she does say she may need to start wearing a hat on the Tube.
In the ST interview, Whittaker talks about the Thirteenth Doctor’s relationship with her new companions and says it’s too early yet to know if there will be any romance. “I’m only a few weeks in. I don’t know the answers to quite a lot of questions yet,” she says.
Whittaker talks about her life with husband Christian Conteras, who is an actor and a writer, and their life in London and Los Angeles, as well as er roots in Yorkshire. She also tells the ST about her first post-drama school film, Venus, which she made with the legendary Peter O’Toole.