Waller-Bridge had been linked to the role that eventually went to Whittaker
New Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker has said that she wants to apologise to Phoebe Waller-Bridge for having to deal with speculation over the role.
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Whittaker is set to become the 13th Doctor when she takes over from Peter Capaldi. She will become the first female doctor in the show’s 54 year history, a move that has been warmly received by previous stars including Colin Baker who hailed the decision as a ‘result’.
Waller-Bridge had been widely rumoured to be in line for the role that eventually went to Whittaker. Speaking to Dermot O’Leary on BBC Radio 2, Whittaker said: “It was just amazing that Phoebe Waller-Bridge had all that and she dealt with it all so amazingly and gracefully.”
She said that she wants to apologise, adding: “At no point could I just text her and go, ‘I’m so sorry’ – because I was under the radar the entire time until the last few days.”
Elaborating on the secrecy behind the announcement, Whittaker said: “I told my husband – that doesn’t count does it? – and I told my mum. And then my dad was furious!”
“It was a full military operation – I basically whispered for three months. It was getting really tedious that even in my own kitchen I was still talking like that. If the window was open I’d get like, ‘what have I said, what have I said?!'”
Whittaker will relieve Capaldi of his cosmic adventuring duties this December in the Doctor Who Christmas special that airs every year.