Jodie Whittaker plays a nurse who pretends to be a doctor in new BBC1 drama Trust Me
New Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker says she was pleased her character in medical drama Trust Me is ‘out of her depth’ because it hlped cover her own fumbles!
Before Jodie takes on her role as the 13th Doctor in the sci-fi series she will appear in BBC1’s psychological thriller Trust Me, in which she plays a nurse who steals her senior doctor friend’s identity after losing her own job because she turned whistle-blower.
Under the guise of her friend Dr Ally Sutton, nurse Cath Hardacre takes a job at an Edinburgh hospital as a doctor and must attempt to live this dangerous double life without being discovered.
Jodie, 35, said that taking on the role of a deceitful medical professional in the series came with various challenges.
She said: “I’m not very good with learning dialogue when there are lots of medical terms!
“I enjoy the adrenaline of being on set because I’m quite good at choreography, I respond well to being taught something physically.
“That’s why I was terrible at school, because they talk you through things rather than physically show you. I enjoyed doing the different types of surgery as it was fascinating. It’s nerve-wracking but you realise that you can do it.”
She said she ‘struggled’ with the lengthy speeches with medical terms, adding: “I don’t have a brain for that!”
The Broadchurch star said that it was helpful that her character was ‘out of her depth’, adding that it helped to cover her own personal ‘fumbles’.
“I’m not someone who likes to over prepare for dialogue scenes, because I think that makes me not listen to what the other person is saying as I’ve already decided how I’m going to do it,” she added.
“It immediately makes it interesting and new and you can’t plan for that, which is great.”
She revealed that the show’s writer Dan Sefton helped her to learn medical procedures.
Jodie said: “The writer, Dan, who is also medical consultant and a doctor outside of TV production, showed us a load of stuff that he used when he was training people.
“He brought in the CPR dummy and showed us how to do a cannula and he, very bravely, let me put a cannula in his vein. I did it right, thank God!”
Jodie was recently confirmed to be succeeding Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord, the first female to take on the iconic role.
Trust Me also stars Blake Harrison, Sharon Small and Emun Elliott, and will screen on BBC1 in August.