She apologises for all the speculation that her co-star got earlier this year.
Jodie Whittaker is glad that she can finally reach out to Phoebe Waller-Bridge and apologise for all the 'Doctor Who' rumours she had to deal with in the run-up to the announcement of the thirteenth Doctor. Jodie was so under scrutiny that she couldn't so much as text her friend.
Jodie Whittaker snapped outside the ITV studios
The BBC always like to keep the identity of the next Doctor super secret until the right moment, which put a lot of pressure on Jodie Whittaker when she was told she was to take over from Peter Capaldi. She opened up about her big secret to Dermot O'Leary on BBC Radio 2 and apologised to her 'Broadchurch' co-star.
Tennant, who played Doctor Who for five years until 2010, was asked about Whittaker's appointment by US chat show host Stephen Colbert.
Amid the backlash from some quarters against the casting of a female Doctor Who, the BBC sci-fi show’s former star David Tennant has backed the newly announced Jodie Whittaker, saying that her gender will be “irrelevant almost immediately” when she makes her debut.
The 46 year old actor, who played the Time Lord between 2005 and 2010, chatted with American talk show host Stephen Colbert on ‘The Late Show’ on Thursday (August 10th). He said that although Whittaker’s appointment was the first time a woman has played the Doctor, the character has never been of any fixed gender, so a male actor is as relevant to the part as a female one.
“Whenever the Doctor changes, there’s a backlash,” Tennant explained. “Sure, Jodie is from a different gender – but that will be irrelevant almost immediately when she takes the part. It’s about finding the right performer at the right time, and that’s Jodie without a doubt.”
Jodie Whittaker's incarnation of the Doctor could called for 'girl on girl'.
With the new Doctor Who becoming a woman for the first time, there are rumours that there may be some sexual fluidity for the first time too. It certainly makes sense; while the Timelord's biological make-up changes with each regeneration, the memories of lost loves always stays the same.
Jodie Whittaker at the British Independent Film Awards
We know that the Timelord civilisation is far more advanced than mankind; as the Doctor (Peter Capaldi) mentioned in 'World Enough and Time' when he blasted gender stereotypes; so there's no reason why the Doctor can't be totally bisexual too. Michelle Gomez, who plays Missy (formerly the Master), hinted at as much recently when talking about the arrival of Jodie Whittaker.
Continue reading: Here's Why Reports Are Saying Doctor Who Will Be Bisexual
We just can't wait until winter for 'Twice Upon A Time'.
The trailer for the forthcoming 'Doctor Who' Christmas special has arrived, and it's times like this that make us yearn for December. We already know that we'll get to meet Jodie Whittaker for the first time, but what final adventure is in store for Peter Capaldi's Doctor?
Continuing on from season 10 episode 12, 'The Doctor Falls', we see the Doctor on an adventure with the first ever incarnation of himself in 'Twice Upon A Time'. Obviously, William Hartnell is no longer around to be in any more series, but David Bradley has turned out to be quite a convincing replacement.
Continue reading: 'Doctor Who' Christmas Special Teaser Starring David Bradley Looks Epic
Kris Marshall may have missed out on the main role, but he could yet feature as Jodie Whittaker's assistant.
Having been pipped to the post of the role as the next ‘Doctor Who’ by Jodie Whittaker when the BBC made its big reveal last weekend, Kris Marshall could reportedly yet land a place in the Tardis as the next Doctor’s assistant.
The 44 year old English actor had been the bookies’ favourite to be named as Peter Capaldi’s successor after he steps down after the upcoming Christmas special. However, the BBC confirmed on Sunday that the 13th Doctor would be 35 year old Whittaker, one of the stars of ‘Broadchurch’, who would be the first woman to play the Time Lord.
However, despite his disappointment at missing out on the title role, new reports suggest that former ‘Death In Paradise’ and ‘My Family’ star Marshall could be in line to be the new Doctor’s companion.
Monday's 'Newsnight' appeared to suggest Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be Peter Capaldi's successor - but the actress's agents quickly squashed it.
The BBC may have just dropped a significant hint as to who Peter Capaldi’s successor as the Timelord will be on ‘Doctor Who’.
At the end of Monday night’s (July 3rd) episode of ‘Newsnight’, presenter Evan Davis suggested that ‘Fleabag’ actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge would be the next Doctor on the long-running BBC sci-fi series.
“If you watched ‘Doctor Who’ on Saturday there were some pretty heavy hints that the next Doctor might be a woman,” Davis said to camera. “Well the bookies’ favourite Phoebe Waller-Bridge has denied claims that she’s going to be the first female Doctor… But then Joanna Lumley has already played the role for Comic Relief, so that would technically be true.”
Clara Oswald may have one last goodbye for the Twelfth Doctor.
The forthcoming Christmas special of 'Doctor Who' is set to be quite the ride for viewers, as not only will we get our first glimpse of the eagerly anticipated Thirteenth Doctor, but will also get to see one final appearance from one of the Doctor's previous companions.
Jenna Coleman at The Fashion Awards
There are all sorts of rumours flying about regarding the actor or actress who will embody the next incarnation of the Doctor, but to add more excitement to the mix, we'll get to greet good old Jenna Coleman once again as Clara Oswald who we thought had made her last appearance in series nine.
Continue reading: Is Jenna Coleman Coming Back For 'Doctor Who' This Christmas?
Episode 3 sees 'Doctor Who' challenge ideas about race in honour of Bill.
The third episode of 'Doctor Who' series 10 is coming this weekend, and with it some very serious themes regarding race and the 'whitewashing' of history. Previous episodes have already touched on LGBT issues and the dangers of technological advancements, but this could be the most important episode yet.
With the Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) latest companion being the mixed-race Bill (Pearl Mackie), she's raised some questions about how her race might affect how people treat her when they go back in time in the TARDIS in the next episode 'Thin Ice'. Of course, the Doctor's seen more race wars in the history of the universe than anyone, so we're sure he'll have some insightful comments to make on this subject.
Continue reading: Race Becomes An Important Theme For 'Doctor Who' Season 10
Rumours surface that Kris Marshall will star as the 13th Doctor.
Reports are starting to emerge regarding the identity of the actor who is set to take over Peter Capaldi as the 13th Doctor in 'Doctor Who' later this year, with many news outlets naming him as Kris Marshall. Of course, not all DW fans are happy about it.
Kris Marshall at the 'Best Men' photocall
Despite whispers everywhere that the next Doctor would be female, it seems BBC producers are dead-set on sticking to the safe option by enlisting 44-year-old 'Death in Paradise' star Kris Marshall as the next incarnation of the flighty Time Lord. Plus, rumours also suggest that we'll get our first glimpse of the new actor at the end of this current series.
Continue reading: Will Kris Marshall Take Over Peter Capaldi On Doctor Who?
Moffat addressed the backlash directed against the new Doctor's assistant Pearl Mackie after she announced her character would be gay.
‘Doctor Who’ writer Steven Moffat has dismissed the controversy that greeted the recent news that the Timelord’s assistant will be a gay woman as “nonsense”, saying that the move was the “minimal level of representation” that TV should be making.
Cast newcomer Pearl Mackie, who is to play Bill Potts in the tenth series of the revived BBC sci-fi favourite later this month on April 15th, revealed earlier this week that her character will be the Doctor’s first openly gay companion.
However, addressing the backlash, the Guardian reports on Wednesday (April 5th) that he doesn’t understand “all the fuss” that was made after Mackie’s announcement.
Continue reading: 'Doctor Who' Showrunner Steven Moffat Brushes Off Gay Assistant Backlash
He wants to experience different challenges.
It was going to happen sooner or later, but it still comes as a surprise that Peter Capaldi is set to leave 'Doctor Who' after three years following the completion of the upcoming series. The actor confesses that with the end of his contract approaching, he wants to move on to other projects.
Peter Capaldi is set to leave Doctor Who
Peter Capaldi made his first appearance on the show in the 2013 Christmas episode 'The Time of the Doctor'. He completed two seasons, with his third and final to be aired in the Spring this year. The new season will also mark Steven Moffat's final work on the series after seven years as the lead showrunner.
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Is Moving On After The Next Series Of 'Doctor Who'
The best of British TV over the holidays.
Christmas telly is the best, and this year's no different. Instead of re-watching the old holiday movies you've seen numerous times, get stuck in to what the BBC and Sky have to offer over the festive period. From 'Bake Off' to 'Sherlock', you're sure to find something to glue you to the box.
Here are our top 10 Christmas must-see shows:
1. The Great Christmas Bake Off (Christmas Day and Boxing Day - 4.45pm on BBC1)
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Could he replace Peter Capaldi after season 10?
There's a rumour going around that former 'Doctor Who' star Matt Smith is set to return as the Doctor following the departure of Peter Capaldi, despite the fact that no Doctor has ever returned on a long-term basis before. Moffat, who is also preparing to leave the show in 2017, talked about the actor's regret about leaving.
Matt Smith wants to come back to 'Doctor Who'
Series 10 is set to air next year and will be the final series starring Peter Capaldi. There's no word yet on who might replace him, but Moffat has hinted that Smith could be a contender once again. While it's very unlikely that Smith will come back to the show (except on a brief cameo basis) given that no other Doctor ever has, whispers of his return started after 'Doctor Who' writer Steven Moffat confessed that the actor missed the show.
Continue reading: Will Matt Smith Fulfill His Wish Of Returning To 'Doctor Who'?
Capaldi described an early photoshoot that he and 'Doctor Who' co-star Jenna Coleman had to do.
‘Doctor Who’ star Peter Capaldi has spoken in harsh terms about the state of gender equality in the entertainment industry, describing the relative depiction of male and female characters as “ridiculous”.
Capaldi, 57, recently won praise from female fans of the BBC sci-fi series when he insisted that it would be “creepy” if any sexual element were to be added to the on-screen relationship between the Doctor and his current, much younger assistant, Clara, played by Jenna Coleman.
Peter Capaldi addressed sexism and ageism in the TV industry
Continue reading: Peter Capaldi Describes TV Industry Sexism And Ageism As "Ridiculous"
The pair starred in the ever-popular BBC sci-fi series from 2006 to 2010, and will reprise their roles in three audio productions for Big Finish next year.
The 44 year old Scottish actor, who played the tenth incarnation of the Doctor from 2005 to 2010, will be reunited with his on-screen assistant Catherine Tate, who once again plays the Doctor’s companion Donna Noble.
Tennant proved to be a hugely popular Doctor Who, taking over from Christopher Eccleston who helped re-boot the series the year before. He was last seen in the 50th anniversary special in 2013, briefly reprising his take on the regenerating timelord.
Continue reading: David Tennant To Reunite With Catherine Tate In 'Doctor Who' Audiobooks
Capaldi took over the role of The Doctor from Matt Smith in 2013.
Peter Capaldi will reportedly be staying with ‘Doctor Who’ for at least one more series. There had been fears that the actor would not renew his contract and BBC bosses were even said to have drawn up a shortlist possible replacements, but according to The Mirror that won’t be necessary anymore.
Peter Capaldi has reportedly signed on for one more year of 'Doctor Who'.
A BBC source told the newspaper, “Peter has made it clear he is happy playing the Doctor for as long as the BBC – and viewers – want him. We are very happy with him and viewers are also warming to him.”
With Jenna Coleman about to leave the BBC series the question is, who will be the next Doctor’s assistant?
‘Doctor Who’ writer Mark Gatiss has revealed he’s open to the idea of the next Doctor being female with a male assistant. Currently Jenna Coleman stars as the Doctor’s assistant Clara Oswald, but the actress will be leaving the show before the end of this series, making room for the Timelord’s new companion.
Jenna Coleman plays the Doctor’s current assistant Clara Oswald.
Speaking after the Attitude Awards in London, Gatiss said, "It would be very interesting if the Doctor had a male companion... but then it would be a very male show.” The writer then went on to say that he would be "delighted" if in the future the Doctor is played by a woman.
Continue reading: Could 'Doctor Who' Soon Have A Female Doctor With A Male Assistant?
The ‘Game of Thrones’ star will play a Viking named Ashildr on the sci-fi series.
‘Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams has spoken about her latest role, as a young Viking named Ashildr on ‘Doctor Who’. Williams stars in this Saturday’s episode of the sci-fi series titled ‘The Girl Who Died’, as the Doctor find himself in a Viking village where all the warriors have just been slaughtered.
Maisie Williams is guest starring in ‘Doctor Who’ as a young Viking.
Speaking about joining the ‘Doctor Who’ cast Williams said, “I was approached for the role, I didn’t know much about it but knew they were introducing a new character to work closely with the Doctor.”
Continue reading: Maisie Williams Reveals Secrets Of Upcoming 'Doctor Who' Role
A drop in ratings means the BBC could decide to move ‘Doctor Who’ to ‘Sherlock’ style special episodes.
We may be only three episodes into the new series of ‘Doctor Who’, but BBC bosses are reportedly already panicking over the drop in viewing figures. According to The Mirror, the dip in viewer numbers is causing the Beeb to consider scrapping next year’s series of ‘Doctor Who’ in favour of airing 'Sherlock' style feature-length special episodes.
‘Doctor Who’ could soon get the ‘Sherlock’ treatment, with feature-leith style special episodes.
A BBC source admitted to the newspaper, “'Doctor Who’s' decline is very worrying and needs to be addressed. At this stage all options are being considered. Everyone accepts that drastic action may be needed.”
The spin-off series, aimed at a dystopian fiction-loving teen audience, is being written by acclaimed author Patrick Ness.
In a bid to expand the captive audience for ‘Doctor Who’, the BBC has announced the launch of a spin-off series of the sci-fi mainstay written by young adult author Patrick Ness, aimed at a Hunger Games-loving teen market.
The new eight-part series will be called ‘Class’, and is set in contemporary London at the fictional Coal Hill school – incidentally, the scene of the very first ‘Doctor Who’ episode in 1963. ‘Class’ will be broadcast on BBC Three at some point in 2016, and is described by the BBC as “action, heart and adrenalin of the best YA [young adult] fiction… …’Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ [and] Hunger Games”.
A new 'Doctor Who' spin-off series 'Class' will be debuting in 2016
Continue reading: 'Doctor Who' Spin-Off Series 'Class' Heading To BBC Three In 2016
Doctor Who Monday 21st November 2011 Bemused shoppers walk past the Doctor Who Tardis outside Westfield Stratford City station London, England