The first publicity photos that follow the announcement of a new actor taking on the role of The Doctor in “Doctor Who” usually shows said actor in regular clothes.
This is because the signature outfit of that particular actor in the role has yet to be decided and won’t be until shooting on their first run of episodes gets underway.
The same is holding true of actress Jodie Whittaker who was announced as the newest incarnation of the Time Lord yesterday via a video announcement and publicity photo which saw her dressed in a combination of black hoodie under a grey tweed jacket.
It was clothing very similar to that of the titular character in the “Alan Wake” video game series and has sparked a small amount of like/dislike debate. However, Whittaker was asked in a new interview on The BBC if that was her outfit to which she said “No”. When asked what is she going to wear, she replied: “Don’t know yet”.
Whittaker has also spoken at length about getting the role:
“To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place. To be able to play someone who is literally reinvented on screen, with all the freedoms that brings: what an unbelievable opportunity. And added to that, to be the first woman in that role.
It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible.
If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part, and the part isn’t right for you. I also think, for anyone taking this on, you have to want to fight for it, which I certainly had to do. I know there will have been some phenomenal actors who threw their hats in the ring.
I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender. Because this is a really exciting time, and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”
Two other key actors in the franchise have weighed in. First up, outgoing Time Lord Peter Capaldi says: “Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”
Also offering commentary is Alex Kingston, The Doctor’s wife Professor River Song herself, who found out the news at a convention and offered a fun reaction. You can see her response in video form below: