Doctor Who role a life-altering one for Jodie Whittaker

Doctor Who's new lead writer Chris Chibnall (above) says Jodie Whittaker (top) can handle the character's emotional complexity.
Doctor Who's new lead writer Chris Chibnall says Jodie Whittaker (above) can handle the character's emotional complexity.PHOTO: NYTIMES
Doctor Who's new lead writer Chris Chibnall (above) says Jodie Whittaker (top) can handle the character's emotional complexity.
Doctor Who's new lead writer Chris Chibnall (above) says Jodie Whittaker can handle the character's emotional complexity.PHOTO: NYTIMES

The London-based actress is keenly aware she is making history by being the first woman to play the character in a long-running series

SAN DIEGO • When Jodie Whittaker was asked to audition for a role in Doctor Who, she said: "Can I play a monster with loads of prosthetics?"

After she was told she would be trying out for the starring role, she asked: "If I don't get it, can I still play a monster?"

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 24, 2018, with the headline 'Doctor Who role a life-altering one for Jodie Whittaker'. Print Edition | Subscribe