Doctor Who season 11: Jodie Whittaker on casting, secrecy, more

Jodie WhittakerJodie Whittaker is officially the new star of Doctor Whoand the great thing about that is that she’s equally excited as many of her fans. She’s also very well aware of the legacy that comes with her taking on this role.

In a new video via BBC One promoting her role in the upcoming medical drama Trust Me (isn’t that show getting so much more press than it would otherwise), Whittaker makes it clear that she had a hard time with the secrecy of the role, but she is so happy that the secret stayed that way for much of the process. That gave her a chance to avoid having to confirm/deny things, and she was able to focus even further on her current job.

As a matter of fact, working on Trust Me may have been the best thing for her given that she didn’t have much time at all to think about playing The Doctor, and she could just focus on the job that she had and promoting season 3 of Broadchurch, which also was created by new Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Jodie doesn’t have all that much to say about her new take on The Doctor in this video, largely because there isn’t really anything that she can say! One of the biggest things that you have to remember here is that production hasn’t started, and it’s unclear just how much information Chibnall has been able to pass along to her about his vision for the character yet. Like with her, he had Broadchurch to get through, let alone seeing the end of Peter Capaldi’s time as The Doctor. It’s hard to come up with a complete vision without knowing how current showrunner Steven Moffat plans on wrapping things up!

There is of course an ugly side still to the casting news, largely just in how terrible some fans out there want to be about someone new and different getting the role. All you have to do is look at the YouTube comments for proof of that — though to be fair, we don’t actually endorse looking at YouTube comments for almost any video, since the majority of them are often disgusting and/or depressing. It’s not the sort of place anyone should really want to be. Our feeling is that Whittaker is worthy of a chance, and it’s ridiculous to criticize something without knowing whether or not it’s good. It’s like going to a burger joint and saying “that burger looks gross” just because it’s served with turkey bacon instead of pork bacon — it could still be good! You don’t quite know until you give it a go.

We’re excited to give Jodie a go as the new Doctor — the most important thing to us is that she’s eager to play the part, and excited for the legacy that comes with it. She’s already treating the material with enormous respect.

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Then be sure to head over to the link here! Presumably, season 11 of Doctor Who could premiere at some point in the new year. (Photo: BBC.)

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