While everybody tried and failed to predict who the next Doctor would be, a fair few people did accurately guess that Peter Capaldi’s successor would be a woman. However, while the bookmakers and fans heads were turned by Fleabag writer and creator, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, it turned out to be a colossal waste of money but that didn’t stop Waller-Bridge from receiving more than her fair share of press attention.
In fact, so great was that attention that the thirteenth Doctor herself, Jodie Whittaker, wanted to contact Waller-Bridge and apologise.
Speaking to Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2, Whittaker said:
“It was just amazing that Phoebe Waller-Bridge had all that and she dealt with it all so amazingly and gracefully.
“And at no point could I just text her and go, ‘I’m so sorry’ – because I was under the radar the entire time until the last few days.”
As Whittaker went on to reveal, she didn’t even tell her close family members about the news. Leading to some rather awkward dinner table conversations.
“I told my husband, that doesn’t count does it, and I told my Mum,” Whittaker recalled. “And then my Dad was FURIOUS!
“It was a full military operation, I basically whispered for three months. It was getting really tedious that even in my own kitchen I was still talking like that. If the window was open I’d get like, ‘what have I said, what have I said?!’”
At least, Waller-Bridge can console herself with the new series of Fleabag and a part in another much-loved sci-fi franchise, Star Wars, where she is rumoured to be playing the first female droid in the Han Solo spin-off movie.
Doctor Who will return this Christmas with Twice Upon a Time on BBC One.