As The Beatles once crooned, you can find a little from your friends and that goes double when your friends happen to be former Time Lords and you have just taken on the role of the Doctor.
David Tennant has revealed to the Metro that he, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi have all formed a kind of support group for the incumbent Doctor, Jodie Whittaker.
Tennant said that he had a “wee chat” with Whittaker about the show last year and he has every confidence that she’ll be fantastic:
“We had a wee chat, yes. It is quite a unique job, because it’s a show that has so much history to it. And it has a reach that’s quite unlike other things.
“It’s a bit of a kind of cultural thing – who’s going to be the Doctor? – it’s a news story, really. So to find yourself in the middle of that is a bit overwhelming.”
He added that Whittaker had also reached out to Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi too:
“I think inevitably you sort of look to people who’d been there before to go, “What is this like? What is this madness I entered into?” And that’s certainly been the case with Matt and Peter, and now with Jodie.
“I know that Jodie’s talked to Peter and she’s talked to Matt. Just for a little support group. You go, ‘What is this madness? Tell me about it. ‘I think inevitably you sort of look to people who’d been there before to go, “What is this like? What is this madness I entered into?
“And of course, you know, she’s a little trepidatious but she’s basically really excited. She’s such a fantastic choice for it.
“You see it in just those 30 seconds that she did at the end of the last episode. You just go, “Oh my god, she’s all over it.” Brilliant. It’s great.”
Asked about what she would bring to the role, Tennant said:
“…she’s so funny and rude and she’s got this broad accent, and she’s just sort of fizzes with energy and madness. She’s quite unpredictable and glorious and funny.”
Doctor Who will return later in the year.