Jodie was on This Morning this week (October 2) I have added images to our gallery big thanks to Sara for sending the photos our way, enjoy viewing them. Be sure to follow our twitter @JWhittakerFan for more updates!
Written by admin on October 03 2018
Radio Times- Jodie Whittaker has revealed the inspiration behind her “timeless” Doctor Who costume, which she co-created with costume designer Ray Holman.
Whittaker, the first female Doctor in the franchise’s history, brought Holman “lots of images and bits and pieces” she’d seen online to their initial meeting, including Coldplay album covers and an image of a “non-gender specific” woman in a T-shirt, cropped trousers and boots (sound familiar?).
“I found an old black-and-white image on Google that spoke to me,” she said during an interview with Radio Times. “It’s of a woman walking with purpose in crop trousers, boots, braces and a T-shirt, and she just looks so comfortable and non-gender specific — that was my style point.”
Her already-iconic rainbow T-shirt was partly inspired by Coldplay’s cover artwork.
“I need it [the costume] to have colour because I respond to colour,” Whittaker revealed. “I really love the use of colour on Coldplay album covers, which I also showed to Ray.
“Which is where the rainbow came in — nothing evokes a sense of hope in me more than hundreds of rainbows!”
Whittaker, who previously worked with Holman during Broadchurch, said she wanted her costume to be “comfortable” and “practical” — “I certainly needed pockets” — and revealed the hidden message behind her long blue coat.
“Ray [Holman] had the idea of my coat representing the sky — so the exterior is day but the lining is dark blue for space,” she said.
However, it seems that there’s still a secret message behind the costume.
“One day I might be able to tell you what it all means,” she teased, “but for now everything is a secret between me and Ray, so I’m not allowed to say.”
Doctor Who returns to BBC1 on Sunday 7th October at 6.45pm
Written by admin on October 01 2018
Jodie was recently on BBC Radio 2 (September 29) which was hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Louis Tomlinson was a guest on the interview too. I’ve added an image of Jodie on BBC Radio 2 to our gallery enjoy viewing. Unfortunately there is no way of sharing the interview link but you can listen to it by clicking this link here.
Written by admin on September 30 2018
Sky News– There was quite the hoo-ha when Jodie Whittaker was announced as the thirteenth Doctor, but she says change should be celebrated.
For a show about an alien able to change every DNA molecule and physical characteristic of its body, there was an awful lot of fuss about the lead character’s regeneration into a woman.
When the 13th Doctor was confirmed as actress Jodie Whittaker some Whovians proclaimed the franchise “ruined” and vowed not to watch the new series.
Former Doctor Peter Davison even suggested the casting of a woman would deprive boys of a vital role model.
However, Broadchurch actress Whittaker is much more upbeat about the phenomenon of a woman taking over the role.
Speaking on the Doctor Who red carpet, the actress told Sky News: “It’s a celebration and a long time coming.
“It’s not that shocking, a woman playing an alien – that’s not the weird bit!
“We are the other half of the population so we’re not that alien!”
She admits it will be welcome when the choice of a woman in the lead role isn’t “a moment” and doesn’t garner such attention.
On the subject of role models, she looked back on her experiences as a child: “For me, with children, it’s knowing that you’re a little boy or little girl and that the people you look up to don’t always have to look like you.
“I always looked up to guys and creatures in films or mystical characters because I could see myself portrayed in many different ways.
“And to suggest that you can only look up to someone because you look similar is a shame.”
Despite this, Whittaker admits the casting of Doctor Who is a special case:
“Fans have this epic journey with someone, and then the rug is pulled and it’s somebody else,” she said.
“For some people it can only ever have happened once because they’ve fallen in love with the show with that Doctor and it’s never happened before.”
But while she understands the fear of change, Whittaker is keen to break it down: “Change is always nerve-racking.
“But this show celebrates it more than any other show and it has done for more than 50 odd years… the world is full of different points of view, let’s see the world through all of them!”
On the weekend her casting was announced, David Tennant, who played the 10th Doctor, told Whittaker that playing the role was “a journey like no other”, adding that it will “go so quickly you just can’t describe”.
Unlike Tennant, who completely changed his accent for the role, Whittaker has plumped to keep her own broad Yorkshire tones, saying: “There’s meaning behind it, because it’s me.”
And from the moment the 13th Doctor literally falls to earth, it’s clear Whittaker intends to make this character fully her own.
She says she wants to bring “brightness and humour” to the role, crediting the show’s new writer (Chris Chibnall) and director (Jamie Childs) with creating the perfect environment to create her character.
Describing herself as a method actor, she explains: “There are no rules, no limits to the time period or etiquette and lots of space to move. I move a lot and I needed space to fizz around.”
Whittaker’s colleagues credit her too, for creating the ideal space to work.
Describing her as a great leader, Mandip Gill (who plays PC Yasmin Khan, one of the Doctor’s new companions) told Sky News: “It’s not only the level of energy she brings to her part, but to the entire floor.
“She talks to everyone. I want to be like her.”
Written by admin on September 30 2018
Jodie was a guest on The Graham Norton Show last night with Lady Gaga,Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling. In the interview she talked about Doctor Who, the audition process for it and other career roles and they also showed childhood photos. Photos of her appearance have been added to the gallery, Enjoy!
Written by admin on September 27 2018
Jodie has been featured on the October issue of Marie Claire UK, looking stunning as always. I have added the images into our gallery, enjoy viewing them all.
Written by admin on September 22 2018
SAN DIEGO — When Jodie Whittaker got the news some months ago that she had been cast as the protagonist of “Doctor Who,” the long-running BBC series, she went through a range of overwhelmed reactions. She cried; she caught her breath; she excitedly squeezed the knee of a colleague sitting next to her.
To be told that she would inherit the role of the Doctor, a time-traveling, space-faring adventurer who is perhaps one of the most recognizable heroes in science fiction, Ms. Whittaker said, “wasn’t part of my mind-set as an actress, that it was possible.”
For Ms. Whittaker, 36, who until now was best known for her work on the British crime drama “Broadchurch,” the casting decision was life-altering, as it would be for any performer — a guarantee that, when it was announced to the public, she would become instantly familiar to a global audience of millions.
In her case, however, there is an added, inescapable distinction: In the 55-year history of “Doctor Who,” during which 12 other actors have officially portrayed the Doctor, Ms. Whittaker is the first woman.
As Ms. Whittaker and her colleagues prepare for their first season of “Doctor Who” to make its BBC America debut on Oct. 7, they are still calibrating how they talk about it. They want to celebrate the show’s inclusivity without chiding the wider genre for a historical lack of representation, and highlight how they have made the series more contemporary and more diverse — behind the camera as well as in front of it — while emphasizing that its fundamental principles haven’t changed.
This is no easy feat for “Doctor Who,” which is accustomed to a certain scrutiny when it replaces its lead actor every few years. The series is also a prominent entertainment property in a field where efforts to diversify are often attacked by a vocal subset of fans.
Despite these challenges, Ms. Whittaker said it was a role she could hardly resist. “There’s no other job like it,” she said. “And I certainly can’t be typecast as it.”
One Sunday in July, Ms. Whittaker was eating breakfast at a hotel here, having made her first visit as a V.I.P. to Comic-Con International the preceding week. This morning, she was daydreaming about returning to the convention center and gawking at other celebrities attending, but, she said: “I’m not allowed. I would need about eight security people.”
A London-based actor who was raised in West Yorkshire, Ms. Whittaker gained early attention for her roles in films like “Venus” (2006), opposite Peter O’Toole, and “Attack the Block” (2011), with John Boyega, before her breakthrough playing the mourning mother of a murder victim in three seasons of “Broadchurch.”
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That proved crucial when Steven Moffat, who had been the showrunner of “Doctor Who” since 2009, decided to leave the series, and the BBC turned to Chris Chibnall, the creator of “Broadchurch,” as his possible successor.
As he considered the opportunity, Mr. Chibnall recalled: “I made a list of pros and cons, and there were 10 cons and one pro — it’s ‘Doctor Who.’ And the moment I start thinking, oh, we could do that story and have those characters, the show started talking to me.”
When it became clear that Peter Capaldi, who became the Doctor in 2013, was also leaving the show, Mr. Chibnall said he had one further stipulation: “I was seeking a female Doctor. I was really clear.”
Though actors like Helen Mirren, Judi Dench and Tilda Swinton had been mentioned as candidates for the role in the past, these rumors never yielded substantive results. A change was long overdue, Mr. Chibnall said, for a character with the ability to shape-shift and regenerate in new forms.
Ms. Whittaker, who he believed could handle the character’s emotional complexity and antic humor, was among his top choices. “The precision of what she does is extraordinary, and her instincts are just so right,” Mr. Chibnall said of Ms. Whittaker, adding that she is “incredibly funny.”
Ms. Whittaker grew up on beloved 1980s genre films like “Back to the Future,” “The Goonies” and “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” never discouraged that there were so few female protagonists to identify with.
But when it came to “Doctor Who,” she said, “The thought that you — that I — could be in it never crossed my mind.” When Mr. Chibnall asked her to consider auditioning for him, Ms. Whittaker said, “I was like, ‘Can I play a monster with loads of prosthetics?’”
(After Mr. Chibnall explained that he wanted her to try out for the starring role, Ms. Whittaker said she answered, “If I don’t get it, can I still play a monster?”)
Following an audition process in which other women were also considered — Mr. Chibnall has not said who they were — the BBC revealed the selection of Ms. Whittaker in a commercial shown after the Wimbledon men’s final in July 2017.
Mr. Chibnall said he expected that it would take some time for the “Doctor Who” fan base to embrace this choice. “I thought it would take people a year,” he said. “We were like: ‘O.K., helmets on. Hunker down.’”
In fact, the announcement of Ms. Whittaker was hailed quickly and widely, but not universally. A disparaging hashtag, #NotMyDoctor, circulated on Twitter and Instagram, and the BBC received complaints from viewers, prompting the broadcaster to issue a statement that affirmed that “The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey, and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender,” adding that Ms. Whittaker “is destined to be an utterly iconic Doctor.”
Peter Davison, who played the Doctor in the early 1980s, said at a 2017 Comic-Con appearance that he felt “a bit sad” at “the loss of a role model for boys,” while Colin Baker, his heir to the role, said those remarks were “absolute rubbish,” adding, “You don’t have to be of a gender of someone to be a role model.”
Ms. Whittaker said she had largely been spared the brunt of this debate because she is not on social media. If an online critic has a premature assessment of her, she said: “It’s not a fact — it’s an opinion. I have no issue with someone having a different opinion from me. I don’t necessarily want to have my last meal with them.”
But if people are claiming that she doesn’t deserve the role or was given it only because she is a woman, “I know I got the role on the merits,” Ms. Whittaker said more sternly. “I didn’t get handed it. I don’t play a gender.”
David Tennant, who was one of Ms. Whittaker’s co-stars on “Broadchurch” and who played the Doctor from 2005 to 2010, said that a certain amount of backlash was to be expected from “Doctor Who” fans.
Viewers form attachments to “their version” of the Doctor, Mr. Tennant said, “the one that they first knew, and there’s always a resistance when their lead actor changes.”
But sure enough, they come to embrace other actors, too: “People who have loved a Doctor before and feel like they can never fall in love again do so with alarming promiscuity,” he said. “It’s unfortunate if that gets made into a gender issue. That’s people just not seeing the woods for the trees.”
Ms. Whittaker said that if some portion of the “Doctor Who” audience was disappointed by the departure of Mr. Capaldi, her predecessor, that reflected well on the series.
Recalling her experience filming the scene in which Mr. Capaldi transforms into her, she said: “I’m in Peter’s costume. I’m literally in his shoes. If someone is devastated at the loss of him, that’s brilliant, because it just means the show is loved. If the fact that I’m a woman is an issue, that’s their issue. I can’t even begin to debate that.”
Throughout “Doctor Who,” its newest recruits say they feel invigorated by the changes taking place there and are ready to carry the show into its next era.