How Did Jodie Whittaker React to Finding Out She’s the Thirteenth Doctor?

Well, hello chums! I’m glad to see that all this fuss about a female playing the Doctor has died down and we can get on with looking forward to a revitalised show with a new Doctor and new showrunner next year…

And in totally unrelated news, I haven’t been on the internet for three weeks and have been hiding under a rock in Norway with a variety of digital appendages stuck in my ears.

Anyway, it would appear that our new Doctor has a sensitive soul as she revealed yesterday, whilst speaking on Radio 6 Music, that she cried when she discovered she had won the role of a lifetime.

She was in the middle of filing new BBC 1 drama Trust Me when she was given the news. How fitting is that?! Trust me… I’m THE Doctor, indeed!

She went on to say:

“I’m about to play an alien – as a girl, who knew?! And that’s incredible and it’s really emotional because of that and I feel I’m immersing myself into a world and the love of it.

“The fans are the most kind of creative and enthusiastic people and it’s so exciting to be a part of that. I know quite a few people who have been in it and talking to them it’s a moment in their life and there’s only a few people who know what it’s like. There’s only thirteen of us.”

She also confessed that she had spoken to several former Doctors for advice, but is understandably cagey about who and what they might have said. This is quite an exclusive club, after all.

And we all know that the first rule of The Former Doctors Club is that you don’t talk about The Former Doctors Club…

What do you think their advice might’ve been? “Stay off Twitter”…?

  • DonnaM

    Why in heaven’s name do so many adult women insist on calling themselves “girls”? If a man in his mid-thirties described himself as “a boy” I’d think he had a few maturity issues.. sorry, probably just me gets irritated by that.
    As to “Stay off Twitter”… well, that’s probably good advice for anyone who values their sanity 🙂

    • daft

      Lol! Too much of Beyonce’s brand of feminism-lite, probably. 😀

    • Peter Rabytt

      Not just you that’s irritated by that. Having had to work with many men who use girl in a patronising or inappropriate way when talking about women, it grates me a bit to see it being reinforced as a respectful way to refer to a woman, even if its herself. Though I am sure Jodie did not mean to do that in any way and was just enthusing without thinking about it too much. It is perhaps less common for men to talk about themselves as boys, though sadly some middle aged men do refer to their ‘boys toys’, some things being a ‘boy thing’ and being ‘one of the boys’…..that’s a bit weird, even sad, but doesn’t really have the same potential sexist undercurrent as calling a woman a girl.

    • Turdformers 6: Age of Dog Mess

      I an forty and I have no problem referring to myself as a boy. To me it only denotes my gender. It’s just a word. A series of letters and noises. It can mean whatever you want it to.

      I agree that if used by the opposite sex towards me it might seem condescending, but using it myself? That’s my choice.

      • reTARDISed

        Where I grew up (in rural East Anglia), everyone was a boy or a girl until they died (they might be “old boys” or “old girls” by then). I’m not sure how that terminology differs (if at all) from “lads” and “lasses”.

    • bar none but PC

      Context is everything. One of my favourite old comedies has one MAN shouting ‘C’mon Girls!’ to a load of other MEN. They were all busy in the middle of a Buzby Berkleyesque dance routine, and the call was an invitation to join a general punch-up and melée! (Blazing Saddles, if anyone’s interested)

      • Peter Rabytt

        Sorry for the delayed response Bar, been away camping for a few days. I just wanted to say that i totally agree that context is everything.

    • ColeBox

      I think both the term “boys” and “girls” are mainly used as less-formal language. The best examples I can think of are “girl’s night out” postings on social media, “girl power!” and group names like the Spice Girls, Girls Aloud and The Mary Jane Girls. Replace “girls” with women in those examples and they end up sounding more formal. Similarity, “boy’s night out”, “boys and their toys” (although that’s used in a condescending manner and it rhymes), The Pet Shop Boys, The Beach Boys and, well, Boy George! None of those has the same ring where “boy” is replaced by “men” or “man”.