Jodie Whittaker will play a doctor on TV screens sooner than you think

The actress will star in Doctor Who this Christmas, but first...

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Even alien life-forms on far-flung planets from Thraxis to Mahtosttu Major must surely know that Jodie Whittaker has been cast in Doctor Who by now, given the huge reaction to the show’s first female Doctor.

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But before she becomes the Thirteenth Doctor, Whittaker will first star as an actual doctor in BBC drama Trust Me – or, in fact, as woman who pretends to be a doctor but is completely bluffing it. 

The gripping psychological thriller stars the former Broadchurch actress as Cath Hardacre, a hardworking and skilled nurse who is forced out of her profession after whistle-blowing. Losing her job leaves her desperate and struggling to support her young daughter, as well as her ex who has also lost his job and turned to alcohol.

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Seeing a chance to escape her life and and realise her secret ambitions, she steals her best friend’s identity as a senior doctor and starts a new life in Edinburgh.

In Trust Me we’ll see Whittaker as an impostor doctor, a far cry from the alien life form she’ll play in Doctor Who. 

But given that Doctor Who fans will have to wait until the Doctor’s regeneration at Christmas to see more of Thirteen in action, it’s a great opportunity to see the actress take on a new role.

Written by doctor/screenwriter Dan Sefton and starring Emun Elliott, Sharon Small and The Inbetweeners’ Blake Harrison, Trust Me is expected to air later this summer.

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