If you thought playing the Doctor in Doctor Who was all fun and games, then think again – because according to current Time Lord Jodie Whittaker, she had quite a lot of homework to do when series boss Chris Chibnall first offered her the iconic role.
In the podcast, which you can listen to in its entirety now, Tennant and Whittaker also compared their experiences as male and female incarnations of the same character, with Whittaker reflecting that she was asked things about her performance that her predecessors in the role never would have been.
“It’s a funny one because no-one would ever ask you about bringing your gender to a role,” Whittaker told Tennant.
“And you’re not the first person – I am asked all the time about approaching the role from the woman’s point of view.
“No traits really of the Doctor are gender-specific, I don’t think. I think if any of the traits were said to me I’d go ‘Oh yeah, I’ve felt that. I understand that feeling.’
“It might get a different reaction, but my reaction might be similar to you, and maybe not similar to Matt or whoever, or William [Hartnell].”
“I think I agree, but I didn’t have to [deal with that],” Tennant replied.
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