Jodie Whittaker has spoken about how her Doctor Who casting is a triumph for diverse storytelling on TV, telling Radio Times, “It’s a mistake to think that the only heroes are white men.”
In the latest issue of Radio Times magazine, Whittaker speaks to broadcaster and writer Emma Freud about preparing for the role of the Thirteenth Doctor, and why she feels she doesn’t have to “defend” her casting against critics.
The 36-year-old actor says that while the announcement of her casting may have been a major moment in the TV landscape, she hopes that in the future it will not be seen as remarkable.
“I truly hope that in a couple of years casting a woman in a traditionally male role won’t be so exciting – because when it’s not celebrated, it will mean it’s no longer unusual to have this sort of parity,” she said.
“Stories shouldn’t always be told from the same perspective,” Whittaker added. It’s a mistake to think that the only heroes are white men. I’ve spent the last nine months hanging out with my Doctor Who family – Tosin [Cole], Bradley [Walsh] and Mandip [Gill] – and those are very different points of view. I get to see the world for a fleeting moment through their eyes. How lucky am I? It’s the representation of humanity that matters. That’s The Conversation.”