Steven Moffat on Jodie Whittaker: “We Are In For A Very Exciting Run’

While there’s still four months to go before Jodie Whittaker makes her debut as the Thirteenth Doctor, there are a select few who have already seen her first moments as the Doctor and quite rightly, they’ve been teasing everyone about it – and by ‘a select few’ I mean Steven Moffat.

Based on his reaction to her debut, it’ll certainly be worth the wait. Speaking in a commemorative video for digital artist and colourist Stuart Humphryes (whose work includes restoring classic Doctor Who episodes) YouTube channel Babelcolour, (via the Radio Times) Moffat said:

“Doctor Who has an amazing future, and I’ve seen part of it.

“I’ve seen Jodie’s first scene as the Doctor, and trust me we are in for a thrill ride. She is already brilliant.

“In such a tiny moment, she’s given us the Doctor we’ve always known, but in, to say the least, a new way. We are in for a very exciting run.”

However, there’s the small matter of the preceding episode, Twice Upon A Time, which will see Peter Capaldi make his final appearance as the Doctor, which Moffat teased:

“Doctor Who has a very exciting present, because we’re still working on the CHRISTMAS present that is… that’s a very bad joke isn’t it? That is the Christmas special, where David Bradley returns as the First Doctor.

“He exquisitely recreates William Hartnell’s wonderful performance from all those years ago. A recreation of such beauty and precision that it would be worthy of Babelcolour itself.

“And of course you’ve got Peter Capaldi in his very last go as the Doctor. He’s going to break your heart! Your heart is going to be in pieces by the end of this.”

He concluded:

“Only Jodie Whittaker will be able to cheer you up again.”

Doctor Who will return on Christmas Day with Twice Upon A Time on BBC One.