Actress Jodie Whittaker tells us about settling in to Doctor Who, getting to grips (or not) with modern technology, and her first impressions of the new Audi A1
It’s a grey and blustery day in March. There’s a knock at the door. Standing outside is Jodie Whittaker – a ball of energy clutching a reusable glass coffee cup. Her familiar face breaks into a smile and she greets everyone warmly in her broad Yorkshire accent. Moments later, she’s slipped on a leather jacket and is ready to roll. Today, she’s getting up close with the new A1 Sportback. But first, some questions…
You first encountered aliens in 2011’s Attack The Block – did you ever think then that you’d be playing the most famous alien on British television? They were terrifying aliens and I wasn’t as equipped back then as the Doctor is – more petrified and hiding in a police van! I really thought that was my one chance at science fiction and that I’d go back to crying every week in a TV drama, so having the opportunity to play the Doctor… it’s just amazing.
The first photo of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor in the festive special airing on New Year’s Day has dropped.
As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring, from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?
The festive special is written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip, who previously directed two episodes of Doctor Who starring Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor (2017’s Lie of the Land and Empress of Mars) and two episodes of the 2016 Doctor Who spin-off, Class (Detained and The Metaphysical Engine, or What Quill Did). The episode will star Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor, Tosin Cole as Ryan, Bradley Walsh as Graham and Mandip Gill as Yaz.