Doctor Who’s new Doctor has a few things to say about her moment in the sun. The first female lead in the show’s long and storied run, Jodie Whittaker made history as the Thirteenth Doctor after a Christmas regeneration.
Now, in an interview in the latest print edition of Total Film, Whittaker explains why, though this is a “f**king brilliant” moment, she wishes it wasn’t.
While she opened Doctor Who to women, Whittaker focuses on giving a role model for “young children, boys or girls, or teenagers, or adults, [that comes] in different forms.” Wishing it was “not so much of a surprise” that a woman could be cast as a role traditionally played by a man, Whittaker isn’t unappreciative of the milestone, calling it “the defining moment of my life.”
Explaining that the Doctor is a role that does away with many of the entertainment industry’s hang-ups on appearance and voice, Whittaker comments that “there’s nothing unattainable about [her]. I don’t look like I’ve been carved out of rock. I don’t sound like I’ve had the extraordinary glamour.”
This allowed a “normal” person like her to play what amounts to Britain's greatest superhero.
And now, with this “f**king brilliant” moment having had its splashy debut, the actress has her entire tenure as the character to help normalize the most-played role on TV as one played by a diverse group of performers.
(Total Film via io9)