Brooker, who frequently reviewed Doctor Who on his TV series Screenwipe and even contributed to Doctor Who guide Behind The Sofa: Celebrity Memories of Doctor Who, added that he and his sons loved Whittaker’s performance.
“I’ve got my kids who are four and six years old and they’re both boys. Our four-year-old wanted to see Doctor Who, which I told Jodie about before the show went out, so I got him started on that.”
Jodie Whittaker and companions (Getty)
Brooker added that having Whittaker as his son’s ‘first’ Doctor would be a novel experience for him – and a valuable one.
“For him, the Doctor is a woman, that’s the default to him. One day he will understand Doctor Who was a man at one point,” Brooker said.
“Within 10 seconds of [Jodie] appearing she was the Doctor. She took it all in her stride and made it her own. Which is exactly what the show should be doing and what is has done – again, reinventing itself.”
Brooker, who said in a 2006 episode of Screenwipe that he “loves Doctor Who as it bypasses the cynical, nasty, gnarled bit of his brain”, was once previously approached to write for the show – which is currently headed up by Chris Chibnall.
“I was approached for Doctor Who and I just didn’t have time, he told The Independent in 2016. “It was really annoying. I was really busy and they haven’t asked me again since. It was a bit like the Home Office asking you to do something.”