Jodie Whittaker is officially two seasons into her stint as The Doctor, and while there were initially objections to her casting from some fans, negative talk surrounding her as the first female to lead Doctor Who has more or less subsided. Whittaker has looked comfortable in the role since her very first scene, though the actress recently admitted she was scared to take on the iconic character and feared the level of fame that came with it.
Jodie Whittaker said she hounded showrunner Chris Chibnall about auditioning for the role the minute she heard the news about casting, but when auditions started and the role got real, she began to feel differently. As she explained below, Whittaker felt the gravity of what Doctor Who meant to a lot of people, and how playing The Doctor would change her life forever.
Playing The Doctor follows actors for a lifetime. It's apparent any time Matt Smith pops up in a movie trailer, or when David Tennant tells the story of being approached in a bathroom. Even Karen Gillan still gets Doctor Who questions after all she's done in Hollywood, so Jodie Whittaker had to accept that it's a title that'd follow her for her career and beyond. That's a lot of pressure, especially when considering the added bit of her being the first woman to play the lead.
There's no precedent of The Doctor being played by the woman, so Jodie Whittaker also had to figure out how that looked. The Doctor Who actress told Salon she had thoughts on how to play The Doctor, but also listened to the guidance of Chris Chibnall. Even with Chibnall's notes, Whittaker said the role has so much to it that performing scenes can be daunting.
In Season 11 and through the first few episodes of Season 12, audiences haven't seen The Doctor acknowledge her gender. In fact, the character recently forgot she was a woman entirely, and only stopped to think about it after being corrected after referring to herself as a man during a grandiose speech. Jodie Whittaker teased that while some fans may have felt they missed parts of The Doctor's identity in Season 11, they may surface in Season 12. Could this mean The Doctor will be getting more in touch with her feminine side in Season 12?
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