It was revealed by BBC’s drama controller that the Jodie Whittaker’s portrayal of the iconic Doctor Who will be something that will be an entirely “unexpected” experience for the fans of the show.
Ever since it was announced that the iconic BBC series would feature Jodie as the 13th Doctor, the debates have been raging among fans and critics of the show.
Piers Wenger, the show’s producer, talked about the role played by the star and discussed how she had absolute clarity of thought about her portrayal of this long time fan favorite character.
Piers was at the Edinburgh Television Festival yesterday, and this is what he had to say on the topic, “Chris [Chibnall] had a very clear sense of where he wants to take the show and the sort of qualities he was looking for in his Doctor and Jodie fitted that.
“She read for the part, she auditioned and came back a few times and had a very clear sense of the point of having a female doctor and what she wanted to do with that role. It will be unexpected,” he said.
Jodie Whittaker’s selection as Doctor Who has caused a huge controversy
Piers also revealed that Jodie’s association with Broadchurch and her relationship with the new showrunner of this science fiction series also influenced this casting decision.
The 45-year-old said: “He obviously had a relationship with her from Broadchurch… And she herself has a very clear sense of the point of having a female doctor and what she wants to do with that role, and I think she will make her unexpected and iconic.”
BBC’s content director Charlotte Moore who was also present at the event assured the fans that there is plenty to look forward to in this show with this change of direction.
Someone asked her about the thought behind the decision of casting a female in the lead role, she acknowledged that this was quite a drastic change, but, said enthusiastically, “When Chris told us about it we said that’s inspired, that’s fantastic.”
There were reports earlier this week that Jodie will be accompanied on this show by ITV’s comedian and presenter Bradley Walsh.
An inside source from BBC reportedly informed The Mirror about how the actor was excited after “joining the cast of Doctor Who in such a key role,” and also said that he would still be continuing his stint on The Chase, a popular quiz show.
They also indicated that it is yet to be seen how his new role impacted his TV appearances and said, “It means that his schedule over the coming months will be jam-packed – so he won’t be able to continue with the full range of programs he currently makes for ITV.”
BBC One is likely to air season 11 of Doctor Who in autumn 2018.