New Doctor Jodie Whittaker Signs Autographs For Fans Outside BBC Despite “Nasty” Crowd


Crowd behaviour does not stop Jodie Whittaker from taking some time for fans

By Mélissa M Azombo

On Saturday 12th August, actress Jodie Whittaker left BBC Radio 2 HQ after being on air with Dermot O’Leary to a crowd of fans, not all calmly waiting.

A video has been posted on video sharing platform YouTube by channel John Denny TV, in 3 parts, showing crowds of fans, impatiently awaiting Jodie’s arrival for the chance to have a photo or autograph signed by her. Barely a few seconds after she eagerly approached the crowd to start signing away, the unrest began.

At 0:14, a fan (India Grace Spiteri, who goes by Frankie Grace) can be heard saying “Can you not? Can you f****** not? Can you f****** not?” She says this, as the gentleman behind her repeatedly attempts to extend his hand forwards but to the side of her, so that his picture can be more accessible from behind the barrier retaining fans. After soothingly asking, “Jodie, love?” she continues “Can you move your f****** hand?” to the gentleman behind her, which it is clear from the video Jodie notices at 0:57. However, in true Doctor fashion, Jodie ignores this and continues signing away for fans, not letting this phase her.

JODIE-WHITTAKER-PHOTOJodie Whittaker was happy to take photos with fans, despite crowd behaviour.

The Trust Me actress was at BBC Radio 2 for Dermot O’ Leary’s Breakfast show to talk about four-part BBC drama.

Inevitably though, conversation soon turned to Jodie’s brand new Doctor Who role, playing the Time Lord, which she revealed “I’ve known since March.”

Sally, who delivered traffic updates and information during the radio show, told the Yorkshire actress, “I’ve never seen as many people outside waiting for Jodie. I’ve seen Hollywood actors have less people than you.”

“Last time I came on the show, I got off the shoot, walked in and there were autograph hunters outside who ignored me and walked in, got a pass and that was it. This one, everyone’s like “Hi, hi!”” Jodie explained, showing the massive approval of her casting.

The scene outside BBC Radio 2 HQ though, was an untame one. Fans kept being told to get off the road, possibly squeezed off the pavement towards the front, due to the sheer amount of people there. One fan even threw another fan’s autograph photos on the floor. Meanwhile, the monitored chaotic scene saw some defying the one autograph per person rule (likely put in place, to ensure everyone could get The Doctor’s attention). There was pushing and shoving, more insults and picture snatching, as well as threats of “I’m gonna f****** finish you off, mate,” which received the response
“Go on, then!”
One fan described the scene perfectly “It’s getting nasty in ‘ere.”

The actress also revealed how she got offered the role. Before Season 3 of ITV drama Broadchurch came out, she had just been talking to show writer Chris Chibnall about his new role, who asked
“This is the direction I want to go in i.e. female. Would you consider auditioning?” Then followed a very lengthy audition process.

She added “You have to be put in a position where you are going to fight for a role like this because it’s such an honour, you can’t just be blasée about this.”

It is currently unclear when Doctor Who starts filming or returns for Series 11, as even The Doctor herself doesn’t know. However, Doctor Who returns for the Christmas special on Christmas Day, BBC One which will be 12th Doctor, Peter Capaldi’s last.

The Women Of Doctor Who

As Jodie Whittaker’s historic time as the first woman to play the prestigious role of The Doctor comes to an end, Time Made Of Strawberries looks at 13 fantastic women who were key to the show’s success and fantastic women in their own right.

Verity Lambert

Verity Lambert was the show’s first producer when it first launched in 1963. Recruited by then Head of Drama Sydney Newman who had worked with her at ABC, she was the youngest and only female producer at the BBC. Newman described her as bright and gutsy. He told Doctor Who Magazine in 1993 that at ABC, “she used to fight and argue with me, even though she was not at a very high level as a production assistant.” Verity certainly knew what she wanted when it came to the show and fought for it, which only proved to be in the show’s best interests. In fact, then head of serials Donald Wilson admitted that she clearly knew the show better than he did, when her move to continue with the first feature of the Daleks, against his strong advice to do otherwise, proved successful.

On her departure, Verity commented “It’s not that I wasn’t fond of Doctor Who. I simply felt the time had come… I know people do soaps forever now but I felt Doctor Who needed to come in with a different view.”

The educational science-fiction programme was, according to Wikipedia, “only expected to last 13 weeks.” Defying expectations alongside director Warris Hussein for 2 years, she managed to run a series which would go on to last over 50 years (and counting). Although Verity left us in 2007, the legacy of the hard work and dedication she put into the show during its first few years, lives on forever.

Delia Derbyshire

The famous Doctor Who theme tune is hummed by many, known, as currently composed by the talented Segun Akinola and originally realised by Ron Grainer. However, that is not the full story. Despite her name never appearing in the credits, Delia Derbyshire was instrumental (no pun intended) to the show’s signature sound. Inspired by war sounds, Delia

Julie Gardner

Carole Ann Ford

Jodie Whittaker

Rachel Talalay

Sarah Dollard

Elisabeth Sladen

Hayley Neubauer

Karen Gillan

Jenny T Colgan

Billie Piper

Julie Ankerson

Jodie Whittaker Cast as “The Ultimate Character” – The 13th Doctor

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Almost 54 years later, Doctor Who casts a woman for the prestigious leading role

By Mélissa M Azombo

So, the wait to find out who will play The 13th Doctor is finally over and the time has come for the Time Lord’s next face to be revealed. During today’s Wimbledon final on BBC 1, it turned out to be no other than Broadchurch’s Jodie Whittaker.

During a one-minute clip, the suspense was killing Whovians accross the UK, (soon to be the world, as the clip later made the rounds online) as they eagerly waited to discover who The 13th Doctor was to be played by. After hours of sitting through tennis, when yet again Doctor Who fans were expected to sit through sport for a major Doctor Who reveal (Bill Potts reveal-style), it was unveiled the next Doctor was to be played by a woman, with the face of Jodie Wittaker for the first time.

The 35-year-old actress has a vast acting career in her pocket. Since graduating from Guildhall School of Music and Drama with the gold medal in acting, she has starred in the St Trinnian’s films, Attack The Block and most recently ITV drama Broadchurch, penned by soon-to-be Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Doctor Who actors welcomed the news, with Colin Baker tweeting “Change, my dears and it appears, not a moment to soon. She IS The Doctor, whether you like it or not,” paraphrasing a quote from his run as The Doctor.

Time For Change?

However, not all fans agree with the change. Some fans believe this casting decision alone, will damage the show, while others call it satisfying political correctness. Despite some, already refusing to continue watching the show, a large proportion of the fans are praising this decision. While some are glad it is finally a woman after all previous actors being men, others are just welcoming the casting of a talented actress.

On the topic of being the first woman to play the role, Whittaker told the Doctor Who team “I want to tell fans not to be scared by my gender… Doctor Who fans have lived through so many changes and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”

The Yorkshire-born actress who has already had a brush with the Whoniverse, standing in for past Doctor Who actress Carey Mulligan in stage production The Seagull and acting opposite 9th Doctor Christopher Ecclestone in Antigone at The National Theatre, is “most excited” about fully becoming a part of the Doctor Who family. Talking to the Doctor Who website, she said “To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: this is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place.”

She continued, making it clear that taking on this “unbelievable opportunity”, required no hesitation on her behalf. “If you need to be persuaded to do this part, you’re not right for this part and this part isn’t right for you.”

It is very clear she knows how iconic the role is, even choosing “The Clooney” as a code name for it, at home and with her agent, “because to me and my husband, George [Clooney] is an iconic guy.”

She has called being the 13th Doctor so far “nerve-wracking, because everything’s been so secret.” This is no longer her secret, so hopefully Jodie is now feeling a bit less nervous, ready for fans to see her in the role for the first time during the final minutes of the Doctor Who Christmas Special on BBC 1 on Christmas Day.

In the mean time, the only Doctor fans can see Jodie as, will be as her character who plays a nurse pretending to be a doctor in BBC Drama Trust me on Tuesday 8th August 2017 at 21h00.