Jodie Whittaker reveals the origins of her ‘Doctor Who’ costume

New timelord will be on our TV screens in September

Jodie Whittaker has revealed the inspiration behind her Doctor Who costume.

The actress, who will be making her full debut in the TARDIS this September, explained that a Google search looking for evocative images led her to a black-and-white photo of a woman “walking in purpose, deep in thought” in short trousers, boots, braces, and a t-shirt.

“The costume kind of felt that it could come from anywhere, and it should feel like that,” she revealed at Comic-Con over the weekend. “I didn’t want something that felt too neat and tailored.”


“This picture was black-and-white, so I don’t know what era that picture is from. It felt like such a wonderful expression, in one image, of timelessness, purpose and inclusiveness. All in one simple look.

“It didn’t feel you needed to be a certain shape, or age, or gender, to wear it. And that’s mainly where it came from.”

She also revealed the Doctor’s costume at the event in San Diego along with the first trailer for the show. You can see both below.


Meanwhile, showrunner Chris Chibnall recently said that casting Whittaker as the first female timelord was an easy decision.

Executive producer Matt Strevens also said that he “saw a few actresses for the part” but that Whittaker was destined for the role.

“She was just so compelling,” he added. “In a way, it was a no-brainer. The fact that we were casting a female Doctor disappeared really quickly from our minds.

“We were just casting the Doctor and she felt like our Doctor.”