Jodie Whittaker, the newly crowned 13th Doctor, gave her first interview to Blogtor Who! Here are the highlights from her comments.
On being the first female Doctor:
“It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.
“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”
Whittaker says the new executive producer of DOCTOR WHO, Chris Chibnall — who also was her boss on BROADCHURCH — did not have to convince her to take the iconic role.
“There was no persuasion needed. If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you. I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring.”
Watch her announcement video:
And one final point: The outfit she wore in the announcement video will NOT be her costume as the Doctor. That wardrobe decision is yet to be made.
DOCTOR WHO returns to BBC America with its annual Christmas special on Dec. 25. Peter Capaldi makes his last appearance as the 12th Doctor in a story that sees him meet the First Doctor (as played by David Bradley). The Doctor is expected to regenerate at the end of the story — but who knows?