Jodie Whittaker reveals the inspiration behind her Doctor Who costume

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

Jodie on BBC Radio 2

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.

Jodie Whittaker, who became a household name thanks to her role in TV drama Broadchurch. pops in ahead of the first episode of Doctor Who. In July 2017 it was announced she would become the 13th Doctor, and the first female one. The new series starts on Sunday 7th October on BBC 1.

Jodie Whittaker on Doctor Who: ‘A woman as an alien – gender’s not the weird bit’

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.

Jodie Whittaker is set to appear on our screens as the first female Dr Who.

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.”

Jodie Whittaker Brings ‘Doctor Who’ Its Biggest Change in 55 Years

Written by admin on September 22 2018

Jodie Whittaker for the New York Times.
The New York Times
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.”

Mr. Chibnall, who had previously written several “Doctor Who” episodes, said he wanted his incarnation of the series to be “incredibly emotional,” with “stories that resonate with the world we’re living in now, and I wanted it to be the most accessible, inclusive, diverse season of ‘Doctor Who’ that the show has ever done.”

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.

Jodie Whittaker on how she reinvented Doctor Who

Written by admin on September 18 2018

Stylist Magazine-Jodie Whittaker’s star turn as the first female Doctor Who is the most hotly anticipated television event of the year. The 13th Time Lord tells Stylist how she reinvented a British icon.

Here are a few of the things women were once told they would never do: 1. Work after marriage. (Bans on married women in the workplace were once common practice; Lloyds Bank didn’t abolish theirs until 1949.) 2. Go into space. (In the early Sixties, astronauts had to be military test pilots, a career not available to women.) 3. Play football. (Until 1971, the Football League declared the game “unsuitable for the female body”.) 4. Be Doctor Who. Thankfully, women have proved the doubters wrong on every count.

On 25 December 2017, Jodie Whittaker became the first female Doctor to step into the Tardis since the show started in 1963. Regardless of whether you’re a fully-fledged Whovian or have never seen the show (doubtful – it has 110 million viewers worldwide), you’ll likely understand the gravity of this casting. This is a show with the kind of fans who consider themselves a ‘family’, who have strong opinions on who their Doctor should be and who really shout about them. It’s a show rooted in tradition in many ways, as innately British as Marmite, builder’s tea and Only Fools And Horses. But it’s also a show that captures children young enough for the hero’s gender to significantly impact how they view the world. Casting a woman was a bold and important move.

“All I’ve ever felt throughout my entire career is love and support from my sisterhood”

It’s a significance that the 36-year-old actor understands. “What an extraordinary thing [to be the first female Doctor],” she exclaims. “Let it be a moment in history, but let it move forward to the extent that it never gets talked about… that’d be ace.” Despite the drama around the announcement, the reaction has been largely positive, helped not least by how loved Whittaker is following her brilliant performance as Beth Latimer in Broadchurch. Today she’s fizzing with excitement at the “honour” of the role and the diverse cast of ‘friends’ – characters who are replacing the Doctor’s traditional companion.

During our interview she talks (in a broad Huddersfield accent) of “luck” frequently – somewhat ironic given she’s the 13th Timelord, a traditionally unlucky number. The luck that saw her cast in Venus, alongside Peter O’Toole during her final year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2005. Her luck at working on Broadchurch with Chris Chibnall, who went on to be the executive producer of Doctor Who. How lucky she is to have avoided sexual assault throughout her career (more of which later).

I don’t think anything about her success is down to luck. I have never met anyone with so much energy, who is so unapologetic about what she wants and how hard she works to get it. She’s full of chat, and interested in every topic from wine to feminism, but guarded when anything remotely personal is hinted at. She brings her mum along to our shoot but has never revealed the name of her three-year-old daughter with her American actor husband Christian Contreras. Even if I wanted to cross the line, I wouldn’t. She’s strong, this northerner who grew up with her parents and brother in Skelmanthorpe, West Yorkshire. I can’t think of a better person to play a modern hero.

“When we were at school I remember who I was being taught about and it wasn’t women”

Tell me about the audition process for Doctor Who.

It was gruelling in the sense of it being a long process, and hard because of how secretive it was. I found out I had got the part in the third audition and I just burst into tears.

What’s most appealing about the character to you?

There are no rules. You’re an alien but you’re in a human body, so you can physically be anything. And that’s the thing about this character – it fizzes out to every part of your body in a way I’ve never experienced. You’re moving – either mentally or physically – constantly, so the energy that’s required gives you this massive adrenaline rush. I wanted to play this Doctor like a light going on in a cave for the first time, and the wonder that you find because every encounter is new: the friends, the worlds, the monsters – everything is new.

Which of the previous Doctors did you speak to about the role?

I was lucky in that I got to speak to David [Tennant, who starred alongside her in Broadchurch], Peter [Capaldi, the 12th Doctor] and Matt [Smith, the 11th Doctor] before I was announced. The [feedback] that was unanimous was that it will be like nothing you have done before and nothing you will do again. That is extraordinary and overwhelming.

“Let’s not limit ourselves to only looking up to people who look like us. That’s the future”

How did you deal with the fan reaction?

There have been compilations of people’s reactions to the reveal, which are bizarre to watch. We live in a very unique time, people upload every moment to the internet so you can see the excitement and, in some instances, the fear people have. But when you see those videos, from all different ages of all different people from all different worlds about a show – and I hadn’t even done it yet – that’s ace because, if they’re accepting me into their family, what we want to do is make that family bigger.

The significance of Doctor Who being a woman is huge. How important does it feel?

It’s a moment that’s incredibly important, but also slightly depressing that it’s 2018. I want to enjoy it. I mean what a thing, for the rest of my life, for that to be me. But this has got to be the end of it being a big surprise. This is hopefully a moment that leads to us realising that we can have female heroes. Gravity [the Oscar-winning film starring Sandra Bullock] made millions and millions of dollars; Wonder Woman made millions and millions of dollars. We should look up to characters regardless of their gender. And I’m playing an alien after all! Let’s not limit ourselves to only looking up to people who look like us. That’s the future we want. And to realise that having different points of view in a situation is interesting and exciting, not terrifying. And mine isn’t that different. I sometimes feel like being a woman is like talking about being an alien.

Do you realise the impact this will have on children who are bombarded with very gendered toys and TV programmes from an early age?

I can’t even begin to talk about [my anger at] that. Every single part of the day can be difficult if you really look at the subliminal messages that are passed through in kids’ TV. When we were at school I remember who I was being taught about and it wasn’t women.

“Now, it’s time for us all to contribute like it was time for us all to listen”

How important was negotiating equal pay to Peter Capaldi, the most recent Doctor?

It didn’t need to be demanded. This is not the show that would have the moment of revelation that I wasn’t paid the same. I was never going to accept less, I am equal to everyone else and have never thought of myself as anything other than that. I don’t enjoy being thought of as less than for doing the same job, no woman does. But in this particular job I didn’t need to demand it because it was already in place.

But it’s great that you’re talking about what was previously a taboo subject.

That’s new, isn’t it? We have to acknowledge that when something’s talked about, and passionately so, it’s got to be heard. And that’s what excites me about this time that the united voice is finally being listened to. We will look back on this time and be really proud of the united voice and what it can accomplish.

How much have the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements changed the industry?

I have never experienced any sexual assault. Full stop. When I was first asked about this I would say, “I’m really lucky”, and that depresses the sh*t out of me that I consider myself lucky, but I do. I’m one of the lucky ones that it didn’t happen to. In hindsight, have I experienced sexism? I can’t think of any incidences, but I do think about what I have been programmed to accept as normal. What has changed is that everyone – men and women – will be intolerant to things that could have been swept under the carpet before.

Now, if somebody says that something has happened, there is no way they can be talked out of sharing that with someone higher. Now, it’s time for us all to contribute like it was time for us all to listen. All these brave people have put themselves out there and we’ve got to respect that and honour it.

The pressure for this role is immense, what’s your coping mechanism for stress?

I love wine. With my accent, if I’m in a restaurant, they often give the wine list to someone else and I’m like, “No, no, no, no, no!” I might not sound like a wine connoisseur but I know my wine. My choice depends on what I’m eating. To me it’s got to be paired with food and if it’s pre-food it’ll always be a white or a rosé. I’m really passionate about it. A wine shop is like a book shop for me, I get completely immersed. So, at the end of a very long day, I will always reward myself with a couple of glasses of wine.


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You spend huge chunks of your life on set. How important is home to you?

You get used to making wherever you are a mini home. I over-pack so that there is far too much stuff of mine everywhere, I put stuff on walls to make it feel like my own space. Work is hard in the sense of long hours, but I’m not a nurse in A&E. I get coffee brought to me, somebody gets my lunch, I’ve got friends who make me laugh all day, and I play pretend. This job is so extreme, you can sit for hours waiting for something to be set up.

In that time, you’ve fired off a million WhatsApps, you’ve looked at #braddersbangerz on Instagram [videos of Whittaker’s co-star Bradley Walsh singing in the back of his car], you’ve rung your mate who gets annoyed because, “I can’t answer at 3.15pm on a Tuesday because I’ve got a proper job”, and then suddenly it’s like, “Go, go, go!” and you’ve got to be immediately on it. The main difficulty is realising that, when you get home, people aren’t there to get you sh*t.

How did your childhood in Yorkshire shape you?

I was brought up in a very playful household. I have an older brother and was brought up no different to him. We both did cricket training, we both did football training, we both did squash training. I was unintentionally brought up gender neutral by Mum and Dad. I also had the p*ss ripped out of me, there were absolutely no barriers there so you had to have a sense of humour.

Also, I was encouraged to be off in my own world. We lived in the countryside, I could go off and play and I was allowed to watch films that didn’t always have the right rating for my age, because they knew I was passionate about it. They didn’t laden me with an importance of academia because I’m not academic. For them, as long as I tried, as long as I asked questions, as long as I wasn’t a bully, they were happy.

They thought being able to play on a team and play out with a group of mates was as important as being studious, which was progressive without them realising it. I found most classes confusing except for PE and drama and I realised I had a big enough ego to need to be good at something. My careers advisor said: “Only one in 10 actors make it so you probably won’t.” I was so lucky I went home to parents who said: “If you put all your efforts into your back-up plan, you’ll never do the first.”

You’ve talked about luck a lot.

But it is luck. There’s a drive in me but there’s a drive in a million phenomenally talented artists, musicians, actors. There is also the right place and the right time and Venus [her first film] was my right place, right time. It could have cast the year before I graduated, or three years after I’d left when I’d given up acting because I hadn’t had a job. I was given that very golden ticket. I can take credit for the fact that I did a really good performance, but I didn’t cast myself, I wasn’t my agent who signed me and put me up for it. So, I defy anyone to suggest that there aren’t moments for them that were pure luck.

Your husband is also an actor…

I’m lucky that I get to go home and talk to someone who is in the industry, but that is about as much as you’ll get.

What’s your next ambition?

Now I have put a little chink in my ceiling I feel like the possibilities are endless. I would love to be in a Western. Shows like Godless and Westworld are extraordinary, I love those ensemble casts where every role is meaty and rich. Doctor Who is a huge box ticked for me, but would I want this to be the only time I tick a box? No.

What inspires you?

When people speak up for what they believe in. There have been times when I’ve shied away from having a voice because of fear of how it would be received, so I take inspiration from the people who do speak out.

Gillian Anderson tweeted, “Yes! #breakthemould #13thDoctor”, when you were revealed as the next Doctor. Do you feel any affinity with actors, like Anderson, who have changed the landscape of the sci-fi genre?

I don’t feel an affinity; I look up to them. It’s such a myth about actors – particularly with women – that we don’t get on, that we’re competitive. All I’ve ever felt throughout my entire career is love and support from my sisterhood. If I didn’t get a role I would obviously be personally gutted but delighted to see someone else do it. A perfect example of that is when I auditioned for The Seagull at The Royal Court and I lost out to Carey Mulligan. I went to see it and I thought, ‘That’s why I didn’t get it.’ For most actors it’s just exciting when we see really good shows. And, when those shows have mixed gender and ethnicity, it’s even more exciting. Hopefully that will just become normal.

Photography: Tom Van Schelven

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