The Sydney Sunday Telegraph The Binge Guide of January 3-9 2020 has a feature on Revolution of the Daleks, with this coming just after its TV screening and now streaming on iview, and an interview with Jodie Whittaker.
It came under the headline “Doctor’s Orders” and the subtitle of “Jodie Whittaker Has Well And Truly Settled Into The Iconic Role of The Beloved Doctor Who” and written by Katie Ellis.
In Ellis’ introduction says that while Jodie would love a sonic screwdriver of her own in real life, Jodie is more than happy with what fantasy and Doctor Who has brought her so far.
Ellis says that while the return of the Daleks will thrill diehards, Jodie says that The Master has been her favourite villain so far.
Just because the writing and the length of scenes for me and Sacha (Dhawan) were just brilliant. We would have four or five pages of stand-offs. I love this trickery, his revenge and how he is so quick to switch on you. I found all of that incredible.
Playing the Doctor, with all of these classic villains and monsters, is amazing but The Master and I have our own relationship and our own experience.”
Jodie recalls her first days playing the Doctor:
“I remember my first big speech on a bloomin’ crane. [she reveals this with a laugh]
I was completely obsessed with the health and safety of the crane. Once we went and we realised it was alright and me and Tim Shaw weren’t going to fall off, we got into it.”
Afterwards she says that it was raining too, really Welsh weather and everything about it was epic.
She also talks about her fan encounters:
“Do you know what happens to me?
It’s brilliant …people make things for me. I love stuff like that and I love how creative the fans are. In every walk of life, there’s Whovians.I love the unexpectedness of it all, the unexpected warmth and how uniting it is. We have this forever connection because of what the show means to them, to me and everyone on the show.”
Ellis brings up David Tennant as Tennant had said the most gut-wrenching scenes he filmed as The Doctor were his last ones.
This leads to the prospect of Jodie doing the same one day with it being too emotional for her to face and this was published before rumours had surfaced that the next season will be her last.
“If I even think about leaving, it makes me cry.
When it happens, I can pre-empt that it will be my most devastating moment.”
Ellis says that Jodie still regards her first episode [The Woman Who Fell To Earth] as the most special in her career.
“It was an incredible way to jump into this adventure. The way the character enters through the train but also continues in Peter Capaldi’s Doctor costume until the end is how my Doctor arrived as part of the family.
Emotionally, that is the episode that is the most special to me.”
Ellis wraps up her feature by asking Jodie her greatest lesson from the Doctor.
“That love and hope transcends time and space.
That’s a big lesson to learn in these challenging times. I think that is the thing that is a wonder to play and I hope, the older I get, that I don’t lose that in life – that light at the end.”
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