2018 will be remembered for a lot of things – football coming home (and then not coming home), Brexit meaning Brexit but nobody understanding it, Dani and Jack on Love Island…
But Jodie Whittaker becoming the first female Doctor on Doctor Who is right up there.
And at the end of her first series as the Time Lord, Jodie says that while she understands what a big deal it is, she doesn’t think of herself as the ‘female Doctor’.
Speaking at a special screening of the New Year’s Day special at London’s BFI, the 36-year-old said: ‘It’s interesting, because it’s a question I have to answer because obviously, the history of the show has always been a male Doctor, but I’ve never walked around thinking “I’m a girl in this situation”.
‘But there have been times when I’ve realised that there may have been some doors that were at a different angle to me because of being a woman, and as an actress, getting the ultimate dream role, I haven’t been necessarily always been able to look back on other people’s careers and seeing a woman having those opportunities.
‘Playing the Doctor, because the Doctor is an alien and has two hearts, you don’t need any qualifications, that can be boy or girl. We know that. But it’s wonderful to be the first person in the position to say “see”?’
Jodie’s first series as the Doctor has received critical praise as well as the highest rated debut since Christopher Eccleston’s back in 2005.
And while we can think of several specific things we’d love about being the Doctor – a sonic screwdriver and the ability to jet off to the moon whenever you fancy, for example – Jodie knows what the best part of being the Doctor actually is.
Speaking to a young fan, the actress said: ‘I think one of the most incredible things is endless possibility. As humans, we don’t often feel like life deals us that card, and being the Doctor makes you feel life in an open-hearted and adventurous way.
‘And it makes me want to share that, and knowing that you as a young Doctor Who fan can potentially carry that on is very exciting.’
Doctor Who fans old and new will want to tune into the New Year’s Day episode, as a trailer for the special, with ‘exterminate’ ringing out over it, hints the most dastardly classic monster in Who history is back to meet a new Doctor.
Doctor Who is on New Year’s Day at 7pm on BBC One.
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by – metro.co.uk