Doc­tor Who star Jodie: It feels like a mo­ment

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Jodie Whit­taker has said the sig­nif­i­cance of be­com­ing the first fe­male Doc­tor Who has not been lost on her. The Broad­church ac­tress stars as the 13th Doc­tor when the new se­ries starts tonight on BBC One.

“Ob­vi­ously I can only de­scribe it from my own per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, but I ap­pre­ci­ate it as a ‘mo­ment’ in tele­vi­sion and in film and for Bri­tish culture,” she said.

“At the end of the day, though, women are not a genre,” she added. “We are the other half of the pop­u­la­tion.

“So to see us do­ing things like this shouldn’t be such a sur­prise. It is a mo­ment, and I’m part of it and I’m proud of it, but I can’t wait for it not to be a mo­ment as well.” Af­ter some ini­tial jit­ters, she is grad­u­ally eas­ing into the fa­mous time trav­eller role.

“There are the nat­u­ral nerves you have with any job you do that you are pas­sion­ate about,” said Whit­taker.

“Cut to the re­spon­si­bil­ity of those shoes to fill and I would be ab­so­lutely ly­ing if I said I didn’t feel it.

“But once you have done your first set-up for your first scene and it’s tat­tooed on film for­ever, you’re like ‘Ah, it’s not that bad!’”

The first episode, ap­pro­pri­ately named The Woman Who Fell To Earth, will see Ms Whit­taker joined by Bradley Walsh, Gra­ham O’Brien and Mandip Gill.

New Doc­tor Jodie Whit­taker

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