Jodie Whittaker on Doctor Who – ’this is an honour'

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Jodie Whittaker

The latest Doctor Who Magazine – issue 516 out now, more details here – features an exclusive interview with the Thirteen Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker.

Whittaker has been discussing what it means to be cast as the Doctor, she told DWM:

“Chris [Chibnall, new Doctor Who showrunner] wouldn’t have cast me as the Doctor because he wanted me to repeat anything that had gone before. And I think as a fan you don’t want to watch something that’s an imitation of something that’s gone before. Or what would be the point of recasting?”

Jodie was announced last month as the new Doctor and will maker her debut in the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time. She adds:

“I never thought this opportunity would come.

I’m very aware that this is an honour. I would never want anyone to think that I’m underwhelmed by this, because I’m certainly not. In fact I’m completely overwhelmed by it. Of course I’m not ‘it’ yet – Peter [Capaldi] is still the Doctor. But I’m incredibly excited about the fun and opportunity that’s out there. I feel like a kid in a toy shop. I feel like I’m five years old.

In a good way – not a terrifying way!”

You can read the full interview in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine which also includes a preview of the new book from former showrunner Russell T Davies, a look behind-the-scenes of Doctor Who’s monsters with Millennium FX, and much more.

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Doctor Who Magazine Issue 516 is on sale now