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BBC Drama’s Piers Wenger: Whittaker’s Doctor will be ‘unexpected’ and ‘iconic’

The controller of BBC drama, Piers Wenger, has been talking about the decision to cast Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.

Speaking at this year’s Edinburgh International Television Festival, Wenger, who was previously an executive producer on Doctor Who between 2010-2011, said:

“[Showrunner] Chris [Chibnall] has a very very clear sense of where he wants to take the show and has a very clear sense of the sort of qualities that he’s looking for in his Doctor and Jodie fitted with that.

“He obviously had a relationship with her from Broadchurch. She read for the part, she auditioned for it and she came back a few times. And she herself has a very clear sense of the point of having a female doctor and what she wants to do with that role and I think she will make her unexpected and iconic.”

Wenger’s comments come on the heels of Jodie Whittaker’s interview in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, in which she looks ahead to what the role of the Doctor holds for her:

“One of the best things about the role is that all the other Doctors have brought so many exciting elements to it. It’s brand new each time, and there aren’t those rules in place that say you have to behave like this or speak like that. That’s so liberating and exciting for me as an actor. I have the ultimate freedom in approaching the role – the same freedom that every previous Doctor has had.”

Whittaker will make her first appearance as the Doctor in this year’s Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time, a multi-Doctor adventure featuring Peter Capaldi’s departing Twelfth Doctor alongside David Bradley as the First Doctor. A full series of Doctor Who – Chibnall’s first as showrunner – will follow in 2018.

[Source: DWM, Radio Times]