The world changed when it was revealed none other than Jodie Whittaker would be the face of the upcoming series of Doctor Who. It was the first time those behind the show had been brave enough to let a woman take the reins of the hit sci-fi drama, delivering a much-needed dose of modernisation to a series that, to many, was becoming quite stale. We know Whittaker won’t allow her gender to define her in the role however, and so that got us thinking – exactly what else do we know about her upcoming incarnation of the Doctor? Here are 5 things we know about Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord.
5. She’s got new companions
Jodie's not the only new face we should expect to see when the show makes its return, with Bradley Walsh—yes, the host of The Chase—joining in the role of Graham, alongside Tosin Cole as Ryan and Mandip Gill as Yaz (see image below). Having all of these talents on board should ensure that Doctor Who gets a complete regeneration, and takes its first steps into the future with a group of people who are more than willing to help see it succeed.
4. Her outfit is a modern nod to the past
There’s nothing too fancy or eccentric about this new Doctor’s outfit; there are some sea blue trousers held up with braces, and a black shirt with colourful stripes running across it. The same pattern is emulated on the large grey and blue coat Jodie can be seen wearing, and the Doctor’s even got an earring in for the first time ever. Don’t expect to see this straight away however – Jodie’s Doctor will likely be forced to wear Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi’s outfit in her first episode.
Series designer Arwel Jones has been hard at work on the brand new Sonic Screwdriver, which looks completely different to anything we’ve seen in the past. The futuristic gadget has a curved handle, not dissimilar to some of the wands we’ve seen in the Harry Potter film series, and contains stripped lights on the sides to match the larger light on the end. Silver and cracked, the piece lights up in orange rather than the greens and blues we’ve had before. All in all, it looks like a beautiful addition to the show.
2. The Doctor keeps Jodie’s Northern accent
If one thing became clear in Jodie’s first scenes as the Doctor, it was that she would be keeping her Northern accent in the show. Ex-showrunner Steven Moffat even went as far to say that viewers would “spend more time in that first episode reacting to her accent than her gender”, in a chat with SFX magazine. There’s just something about Jodie’s Yorkshire twang that already makes her Time Lord one of the most relatable of all time…
1. They’re reminiscent of Matt Smith’s incarnation
While we don’t know exactly what to expect from Jodie’s Time Lord, we do know that she’ll have “a similar energy to Matt Smith’s Doctor”, at least according to co-star Mandip Gill. “Very high energy. Jodie has that about her Doctor,” says Mandip. Still, viewers will be able to have their own say very soon, if recent rumours suggesting a premiere date of September 23 are to be believed. Bring on the adventures...