Jodie Whit­taker

The Doc­tor Is A Pil­lar Of Hope!

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As Doc­torWho makes a re­turn this week­end, the new­est Time Lord, Jodie Whit­taker, has lots to say about be­ing the first ever fe­male Doc­tor!

“This is a mo­ment I never thought would hap­pen. As a girl born in the 80s, the Doc­tor did not look like me. So this is a big mo­ment!”

This will be the 11th sea­son of tele­vi­sion’s long­est run­ning sci-fi show, which be­gan back in 1963 and fast be­came a sta­ple in Bri­tish pop-cul­ture.

As the 13th Doc­tor in a

long line of male ac­tors, Jodie is en­thralled.

“This is a jour­ney you can’t ex­plain. You just have to do this [pinch­ing her­self] all the time. It’s just mag­i­cal!

“Be­ing Bri­tish, Doc­torWho is kind of in the fab­ric of our child­hoods. You might not have sat and watched it, but the Tardis is part of ev­ery­body’s vo­cab­u­lary.

“So, I think ac­tu­ally be­ing the first woman to play the Doc­tor is in­cred­i­bly lib­er­at­ing.”

Al­though there were mixed re­ac­tions when Jodie was re­vealed last sum­mer, she adds with a small lau ugh, “I’m not on so ocial me­dia so I chose to think the rea ac­tion was 100 per cent pos­i­tive and the ere were no ne ega­tive com­ments!”

It did take some tim me to ad­just as she too ok over from the

pre­vi­ous Doc­tor, Peter Ca­paldi.

“My first two days shoot­ing, I was in some­body else’s cos­tume. I was on their set and in their Tardis.

“I was ner­vous to touch any­thing! I felt very much in some­one else’s shoes, which is a won­der­ful way to kind of start this jour­ney.

“I’ve never shot any­thing like that – it was brand new. And I know for a fact, speak­ing to pre­vi­ous Doc­tors and com­par­ing it to any other job I’ve done, this can’t com­pare!”

When asked which Doc­tor she would take with her on a trip in the Tardis, Jodie jumped straight to David Ten­nant, who was hugely sup­port­ive and gave her some very sound ad­vice be­fore she started film­ing.

“I asked him about a mil­lion ques­tions and all I re­mem­ber him say­ing was, ‘This is the most amaz­ing thing that can hap­pen to you and there’s only a few of us who know how it feels.’

“I knew be­ing the first fe­male, it was go­ing to come with ex­tra re­spon­si­bil­ity. But it’s in­cred­i­bly in­clu­sive and it im­me­di­ately felt like this huge fam­ily that you want to be a part of!”

Jodie be­lieves it’s im­por­tant that the younger gen­er­a­tion have solid fe­male role mod­els to as­pire to, but is aware that men of­ten

get such roles in film and tele­vi­sion.

“It’s OK to look up to women! As an ac­tress, I didn’t want to stand at the side gig­gling and clap­ping. I wanted to run and jump about but those peo­ple didn’t re­ally look like me.

“It will be re­ally ex­cit­ing when women aren’t treated as a genre, just as cast mem­bers. If a woman leads a show, it doesn’t mean it’s for women.

“And to me, the Doc­tor is a pil­lar of hope, striv­ing for bright­ness and in­clu­sion.”

Al­though ev­ery­one is mak­ing a huge deal about the first fe­male Doc­tor, Jodie says she never once ap­proached the role with gen­der in mind.

“I never thought, ‘How would a woman play this role?’ be­cause I just am one. I don’t think a guy has ever gone, ‘How would a guy do this scene?’

“My ap­proach to this is com­ing from a very in­stinc­tive place which feels gen­der­less to me, be­cause it’s never been in­grained in me that there’s a spe­cific way a woman be­haves and a spe­cific way a man be­haves.

“The best thing about The Doc­tor is I’m not play­ing ei­ther – I’m an alien. So there re­ally are no rules.

“And I’ve got two hearts… so I can do what­ever I want!”

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