British actress, Jodie Whittaker, spoke to The Big Issue about her time as the 13th incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who.
Actress, Jodie Whittaker, arrived late to her interview with The Big Issue, explaining: “I’m doing fine. I just need to keep a better diary. I should have come up with a really cool excuse, like some rock and roll thing I was doing. But alas, no.”
She continued: “One of the best things about doing Doctor Who was that I knew where I had to be every day. I knew I’d be in every scene, every single day, all the time, for a whole year. So I never had to write anything down. Now I’m on maternity leave, I’m a lady of leisure in absolute chaos.”
On becoming the Doctor, Jodie previously explained that she had wanted to bring inclusivity and hope to the role: I suppose I can’t take much credit for most of it, because that is down to the writing. But that was the overriding feeling of The Doctor I wanted to bring. And I feel I was given that opportunity, and that this show, at this time, represents everything I wanted it to be.”
The episode Rosa got a lot of criticism and was accused of “wokery”, on this Jodie said: “Whichever angle you look at it, racism is horrific. And wrong. So to me that’s not political, that’s a fact. It was amazing to bring that story to a younger generation that might not have done it at school or who might know who Rosa Parks is but not the details. You never want to appear as if the Doctor is getting credit for something that has nothing to do with them – it’s actually real people in history. But Rosa felt very special to all of us.”
Jodie “In real life I can be quite fidgety and a bit manic and all those things that I often have to rein in to find a natural stillness in the characters I play. Not this time. I had to take it and dial it up for the Doctor – and Chris was brilliant at pushing me in that direction.”