Those of us who are excited to see a woman finally play the iconic time traveling Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’ will appreciate the new promo from the BBC. The brand new clip features new Doctor Jodie Whittaker literally shattering a glass ceiling. Loving the symbolism!
Earlier this week, the BBC finally announced that the new season of ‘Doctor Who’ will premiere on BBC America, Sunday, October 7. The episode will then head to its new regular primetime evening slot. The first episode is titled, ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth.’
In addition to Whittaker, the new season of ‘Doctor Who’ will feature Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole, as the Doctor’s companions.
Whittaker does not take the fact that she is portraying the Doctor as a woman for the first time in the show’s 55 year history lightly. She recently opened up about taking on the iconic role and said that she was ready to have some “fun” with her first series of the show. Whittaker said:
“’Doctor Who’ wasn’t something that was on TV in my house when I was growing up, so I thought I’d have to cane it before the first audition and watch every single episode. Thankfully, Chris [Chibnall, the producer] said, ‘I don’t want you to. I want you to come in with fresh eyes and bring what you would do in this environment’.”
She continued, saying:
“I knew that there would be a huge amount of people it would be a shock for. But this job celebrates change more than any other role – you have a physical regeneration, so casting [a woman] supports that story and doesn’t go against the rules of the show in any way. I’m playing a Time Lord who’s essentially an alien and inhabits different bodies and this one is female. The best thing for me though is that, for the first time in my life, I am not playing a stereotypical woman because as much as I approach everything as an actor, I am continually labelled by the female version of that character.”
As for how she will handle the idea of gender, she said:
“I recently had someone ask me, ‘Are you playing it as a girl or a boy?’ I replied, ‘I’m just playing it.’ This is the most freeing role because there are no rules.”
Check out the awesome promo clip below!
— BBC America (@BBCAMERICA) September 7, 2018