Last year’s Doctor Who Christmas Special was bound to cause ripples. Not only did it spell the end of the brilliant Peter Capaldi as The Doctor and the end of Steven Moffat as showrunner, it also heralded the start of a whole new direction for the show.
After 55 years of male doctors, we were introduced to the very first female incarnation of the character, in the form of multi-award-nominated Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker.
I say introduced, but the new incarnation had barely time to draw an excited breath before the introduction was rudely interrupted by the TARDIS bucking a bit as the end credits sound.
Fortunately, Entertainment Weekly visited the Cardiff, Wales, set of the new series for a quick chat to the new Doctor and find out what the new show has in store for us.
“Well, I would say that it’s hopeful and fizzing with wonder.” Jodie told EW. “I’ve absolutely shot myself in the foot for any [Automated Dialogue Replacement] because I get in there, and realize I speak at a hundred miles an hour”
The new Doctor sounds very excitable. Chris Chibnall, the new showrunner, explained that Jodie’s Doctor has a very similar spirit to Matt Smith’s incarnation with very high energy.
“She’s incredibly lively, she’s funny, she’s warm, she’s inclusive, she’s energetic,” he said. “She’s the greatest friend you’d ever want to have as your guide around the universe.”
So lively, hopeful energy is what we can expect from our new Doctor. At least, once she manages to get the TARDIS to behave.
The new Doctor Who will return to screens in UK and US in a ten episode season towards the end of this year. The BBC are keeping the actual date under wraps for now.
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