WHO BET­TER?

Six of Jodie Whit­taker’s col­lab­o­ra­tors on why she’s tai­lor-made to play The Doc­tor

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Ja­son Isaacs CO-STAR, GOOD

“Jodie’s go­ing to own The Doc­tor for a gen­er­a­tion. I al­ready feel sorry for the next one. She’s funny as fuck, kind in a way that’s un­fake­able and can si­mul­ta­ne­ously be ut­terly in­no­cent and choke-on-your-tongue filthy. I can’t wait for my two ma­jorly Who­vian daugh­ters to see her — not as a fem­i­nist role model, but be­cause she’s go­ing to blow them away.”

Alice Lowe CO-STAR, ADULT LIFE SKILLS

“She’s some­one you feel like you know when you see her on screen, yet she in­hab­its the char­ac­ter en­tirely. She’s got this un­canny abil­ity to switch from heavy drama to comedy, which not many can do. It’s a bit greedy of her, re­ally, to be so good at stuff. She’s go­ing to be an amazing role model for tiny fe­male sci-fi fans.”

Michael Ber­liner PRO­DUCER, ADULT LIFE SKILLS

“She has such a strong sense of fun, even though a lot of au­di­ences may not have seen it yet. She’s so warm and charis­matic with such energy, and al­most an imp­ish­ness. An­other thing about Jodie is that she’s got a strong sense of fair­ness — she al­ways fights for the un­der­dog and against any in­equal­ity. She’s per­fectly suited to be­ing The Doc­tor.”

Paddy Con­si­dine DI­REC­TOR, JOURNEYMAN

“Jodie has a tenac­ity and an au­then­tic­ity she brings to her work, and as long as they in­vest in her nat­u­ral qual­i­ties she will be a great Doc­tor — po­ten­tially the best ever. All the gen­der bull­shit aside, they have cast a bril­liant, in­quis­i­tive ac­tor. She gets in the trenches when she has to, and she’s a fighter. She will si­lence a lot of crit­ics, I have no doubt of that.”

Joe Cor­nish DI­REC­TOR, AT­TACK THE BLOCK

“For Jodie to even agree to do At­tack The Block, a film with a first-time di­rec­tor and a cast of un­known teen ac­tors with al­most zero ex­pe­ri­ence, shows how ad­ven­tur­ous, imag­i­na­tive and ballsy she is. She’s strong and funny and smart, and a bril­liant choice for Doc­tor Who. Plus, I know from ex­pe­ri­ence that when it comes to play­ing a kick-ass med­i­cal prac­ti­tioner who fights aliens, she’s the best there is.”

Lor­raine Ash­bourne CO-STAR, ADULT LIFE SKILLS

“Jodie is an in­spired choice for the role. I can’t think of any­one bet­ter to smash all pre­con­cep­tions as­so­ci­ated with this iconic role. She’s a beau­ti­ful ev­ery­woman with an ex­traor­di­nar­ily wicked sense of hu­mour and a quick­fire wit. There’s a de­li­cious naugh­ti­ness about her. She’s truly one of our finest ac­tors and the TARDIS will be lucky to have her.”

“Ad­ven­tur­ous, imag­i­na­tive and ballsy”: Jodie Whit­taker slips on the great­coat of cos­mic ad­ven­ture.

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