Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker has been talking about the upcoming eleventh series of Doctor Who, describing her experience on it as ‘absolutely incredible’.
The Doctor Who star was speaking to the BBC’s Lizo Mzimba on the red carpet ahead of last night’s BAFTA Television Awards, where she enthused about her time filming on the show so far:
“It’s like nothing I’ve ever done before, it’s absolutely incredible… I must smile every single morning knowing I’m going to work to do it. I’m very lucky, it’s brilliant.”
Questioned on the show’s new cinematic feel, she said:
“It feels incredibly epic, and the ambition is wonderful and something that we’re all fighting every day to have the energy to back it up with.”
In a separate interview with Capital FM’s Roman Kemp, Whittaker discussed last year’s reveal of her landmark casting as the show’s first female Doctor, which was in the running for an award as one of Virgin TV’s Must-See Moments of 2017:
“I think the magic of the Doctor Who series as a phenomenon is to keep their fans engaged and to keep everyone guessing what direction it’s going to go in, and really trying to be secretive in the best way and that, as a reveal, was amazing ‘cos no one had any idea.”
Although the Thirteenth Doctor reveal ultimately lost out to David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II, Whittaker still made it up onto the BAFTA stage alongside Doctor Who co-star Bradley Walsh to present the first award of the night for Best Drama Series (which went to Peaky Blinders).
Before taking to the stage Walsh posted a video on Instagram of himself and Whittaker waiting backstage, with the pair in high spirits even if they did disagree on how to pronounce ‘BAFTA’:
Whittaker and Walsh will be joined for the eleventh series of Doctor Who by fellow newcomers Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, with the show set to return with ten new episodes this autumn.