Jodie Whittaker Knows Being The First Female Doctor Who Is A Big Deal To Many, Including Her Younger Self

"The people that are in these roles that we are excited by or passionate about or look up to don’t always have to tick the same box ..."

Ever since it was announced that Jodie Whittaker would take over the TARDIS as the next Doctor Who lead — the first female to take on the role — there have been both positive and negative reactions. Some fans were overjoyed about the casting while others were peeved, leading to responses from the BBC and even Merriam-Webster, everyone's favorite dictionary. But what does Whittaker think about all of the online chatter?


In short, not much. The 35-year-old Broadchurch star gave her first radio interview since she was catapulted into the headlines in mid-July to BBC 6 Music's Shaun Keaveny. Whittaker revealed she isn't on "any type of social media and never [has] been" so "I've missed a lot of the fun stuff and probably the bad stuff." That said, a viral video of a girl finding out Doctor Who would be played by a woman, hasn't escaped her sight and Whittaker finds things like that "really exciting" to see.

It seems Whittaker can relate to that little girl, admitting that the fact that she is playing the 13th incarnation of the beloved TV character means a lot to her younger self. Having been asked what her dream part was growing up, Whittaker said she would "always try and articulate something that is outside of what people have told me I can and only play." Now, taking on an iconic character — and one that generally has been male, no less — is "incredibly emotional."

"As you grow up watching adventure films and TV shows and anything that caters to that belief that anything is possible, this is the job to do and I get to do it, and that was not in the realm of possibility ever, growing up," Whittaker added. "The people that are in these roles that we are excited by or passionate about or look up to don't always have to tick the same box, and that's what's really incredible about it."

The actress is "really excited" to wield the sonic screwdriver and notes that the show will benefit from having Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall — who is taking over Doctor Who from Steven Moffat — in charge, admitting to be looking forward to both "freedoms and fun," as well as the "scale of the storylines."

"We can celebrate differences," Whittaker added, obviously hoping her being a woman won't detract from what she brings to the show about a time-traveling alien. "I hope my gender isn't a fearful thing. In this [Doctor Who] world, there aren't rules."

Listen to the full interview here:

(H/T: BuzzFeed, BBC)

Cover image via @bbc6breakfast / Twitter


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