Jodie Whittaker shares hopes for Doctor Who return

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Jodie Whittaker made history as Doctor Who’s first-ever female Time Lord in 2017. The 40-year-old actress’ tenure as the BBC programme’s protagonist has almost come to an end and the next Doctor will be Ncuti Gatwa. However, Jodie has not ruled out the possibility of coming back to the beloved sci-fi series in the future.

Jodie’s final Doctor Who episode was filmed this time last year when she was in the early stages of pregnancy. 

She admitted she felt extremely sick while filming and nobody on set knew as she did not want to worry them. 

The actress is now on maternity leave but never thought she would need time off for the birth of her second child at the age of 40. 

When she does return to acting, she told Radio Times she knows there is no other character quite like Doctor Who. 

She also knows Doctors never retire as former Time Lord David Tennant, for example, is making a return to the show next year for the show’s 60th milestone.

Reflecting on a potential return to the drama series, Jodie explained: “I said to [showrunner] Russell T Davies, ‘Don’t ever think of it as being ‘too soon.'”

Jodie, who was hugely popular with Doctor Who fans, added: “If I’m not asked back, I will be devastated. 

“I know it might need to be a few years, but Russell knows – I’m going to be like a little terrier at his heels.”

Jodie has one last adventure as the 13th Doctor with her companion Dan Lewis (played by John Bishop) before the reins are handed back to returning showrunner Russell.

“This family grows, and it will be bigger than us and it will go on,” Jodie said of the show’s future.

The actress feels Ncuti will be extraordinary in the leading role of the iconic series. 

She added: “He’ll bring an audience that we haven’t reached and his performance will be so magical.”

The new Doctor, Ncuti, is best known for his performance as Eric Effiong in Sex Education, the best friend to series lead Otis Milburn (Asa Butterfield).

The actor has also starred in Horrible Histories’ Rotten Romans movie and the romantic drama The Last Letter from Your Lover.

Despite his hectic schedule, Ncuti has found the time to return to the fourth season of Sex Education which will be released on Netflix next year. 

Speaking on his new role, Ncuti said: “There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. 

“A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared. 

“This role and show mean so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care.”

The star added: “I will endeavour my utmost to do the same.”

Jodie’s full interview is in this week’s Radio Times. 

Doctor Who: The Power of the Doctor premieres on BBC on Sunday, October 23.

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