Jodie Whittaker talks about being the first female Doctor on Doctor Who
Jodie Whittaker has spoken out for the first time since being cast in the titular role on Doctor Who last month.
The Doctor, who is a fictional time-travelling alien on the show, has never had a female incarnation before – despite years of fans asking for it.
Whittaker’s appointment is the first time such calls have been answered, although the Doctor’s nemesis the Master has already had male and female forms. She’ll replace Peter Capaldi, who has played the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor since 2013.
Speaking about the mammoth task of keeping her new role secret on BBC Radio 6 Music, Whittaker said: “It’s been quite quiet, I’ve only lied to every single person in my life for quite a while, and it hasn’t been stressful at all. It’s quite nice for the first public time to say, I’ve got a new job.”
She told BBC Radio 6 music host Shaun Keaveny that she cried after winning the role, admitting: “I didn’t faint [when I got the part], I just played it really cool and cried. It was incredibly emotional because as a child, all I wanted to do was be an actor, and I wanted to do it because I wanted to play pretend, and that’s the ultimate, and I’m about to play an alien, a Time Lord, and as a girl. Who knew?
“It’s incredible, and it’s really emotional. I feel like I’m immersing myself into a world that is just – I haven’t even done it yet, but the fans are the most kind and creative and enthusiastic people and it’s so exciting to be a part of that. There’s only a few people who know what it’s like, there’s only 13 of us that know.”