Jodie Whittaker says her gender is irrelevant in Doctor Who: ‘I’m playing an alien’

New Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker has revealed she was up against other actresses for the iconic role

New Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker says her gender is irrelevant in the show – because ‘I’m playing an alien’.

The star, 35, has been cast as the first female Time Lord in Doctor Who’s long history, taking over from Peter Capaldi in the TARDIS.

But she told Rolling Stone magazine: “I’m playing an alien and gender is not a part of that.”

Jodie Whittaker
Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor in Doctor Who (BBC/Colin Hutton)


“A moment like this, of being the first woman cast as something, it makes you really think about your sex, whereas actually what you want to do is play a part where your gender is irrelevant.”

The Broadchurch and Trust Me actress added: “I am a woman, so I don’t need to play that. And so for me, this was the most freeing experience because there’s no right or wrong way to do it. The rules went out the window.”

Jodie said that she was ‘up against other actresses’ for the iconic role.

Peter Capaldi
Peter Capaldi (Ian West/PA)


“It was very much that (new show boss Chris Chibnall) was auditioning people for the first female Doctor,” she said.

Actor, comedian and quiz show host Bradley Walsh has been rumoured to be the Doctor’s new assistant.

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