Still The Same Doctor Fans Have Come To Love
♦ We’ve had the first trailer and a panel on the new Doctor Who at San Diego Comic-Con. Variety just chatted to Jodie Whittaker on the new Who so here is that conversation…
Here’s what Radio Times had to say about the new doctor a few days ago in a constantly updating post:
What’s the thirteenth doctor like?
Each incarnation of the Doctor from William Hartnell to the present day has had their own unique personality and quirks, while still maintaining the core nature of the character – and while we haven’t seen much of Whittaker in action, her character’s brief appearance post-regeneration in the 2017 Christmas special gives us a flavour.
Catching sight of herself in a reflective surface, the Thirteenth Doctor exclaims “Oh, brilliant!” – a far cry from the melancholy exit for Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor, and perhaps a suggestion of this new Doctor’s more positive outlook.
“In such a tiny moment, she’s given us the Doctor we’ve always known, but in, to say the least, a new way,” ex-showrunner Steven Moffat said of the actor’s first scene in the role. “We are in for a very exciting run.”
And more recently, series showrunner Chris Chibnall has given us a more in-depth description of Whittaker’s incarnation.
“She’s absolutely the Doctor,” the screenwriter told Radio Times. “But there’s a new calibration, a new mixture of Doctorishness.
“The Thirteenth Doctor is incredibly lively, warm, funny, energetic, inclusive – she’s the greatest friend you could wish to have as your guide around the universe.”
For her part, Whittaker has recently said that her Doctor”speak[s] at a hundred miles an hour” – and apparently, she shares some similarities with a former incarnation….
“She has a similar energy to Matt Smith’s Doctor,” new companion Mandip Gill revealed. “Very high energy. Jodie has that about her Doctor.”
And of course, fans glimpsed some of that energy and mischievousness in the first teaser trailer for the series (above), released in mid-July.
Who are Jodie Whittaker’s new companions?
Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor will have a lot of new faces joining her on her new adventures when she takes over the Tardis, with long-rumoured companion Bradley Walsh joining the cast of Doctor Who in the role of Graham and newcomers Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill also enlisting in the Tardis crew as Ryan and Yaz. Sharon D Clarke has also joined the series in a “returning role”.
“The new Doctor is going to need new friends,” showrunner Chris Chibnall said in a statement. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show.”
Jodie Whittaker said: “I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It’s a dream team!”
Bradley Walsh added: “I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan. I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full length feature film made in glorious colour. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!”
Mandip Gill said: “I am over the moon to be joining the Doctor Who family. This is an iconic show with an amazing fanbase and I look forward to everything that brings. Certain roles seem unattainable and this is one of those, so much so I didn’t believe it to be true for the first few weeks. To be working alongside the likes of Jodie, Bradley and my old friend Tosin is thrilling. This show is worlds away from the work I’ve done previously and that’s the part that excites me the most.”
Tosin Cole said: “I’m grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team. I’m looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe.”