Jodie Whittaker Praises ‘Loyal, Wonderful Fanbase’

Jodie Whittaker sat down on Lorraine’s comfy sofa to talk about keeping her fingers crossed that her casting as the first female Doctor will attract a new audience to the show.

Speaking to Christine Bleakley on ITV’s Lorraine about new BBC series Trust Me, which started this Tuesday, Whittaker emphasised opening up the show to new viewers:

“It’s got a huge audience, and a huge fanbase, and a loyal, wonderful fanbase.

“But you know, maybe this will open it up to maybe some new young faces who haven’t necessarily been introduced to it yet.

“Cos what you forget is, we’re so lucky – if I’m the Thirteenth [Doctor] there’s so much to watch and catch up on, that it doesn’t matter what age you come into it. You’ve got this wealth of amazing television to watch.”

That legacy is something that Whittaker clearly takes very seriously, as she recounted how she cried when she learned that she had landed the part of the Thirteenth Doctor.

She said:

“To be a part of that, I’ve said so many times, is really emotional,” she said. “And overwhelming – completely overwhelming.

“You can’t get a job like this and not get knocked sideways by it. You should be!”

Doctor Who returns Christmas Day with Twice Upon a Time while Trust Me continues next Tuesday on BBC One.