Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the first woman to portray Doctor Who drew polarizing reactions when it was announced in July, but in her first interview since snagging the coveted role, the actress admits she was fairly oblivious to it.
Speaking to BBC 6 Music, Whittaker says, “I’ve missed a lot of the fun stuff and probably the bad stuff because I’m not on any type of social media and never have been.”
The 35-year-old adds that she’s now seen some of the online responses, but largely from her friends.
“If I get sent something, it’s a mate screen-grabbing something, and they obviously edit,” she says. “But there’s an amazing video of a young girl watching it and finding out that [the role is] being played by a girl. Seeing things like that are really amazing.”
As for her own reaction to earning the part, Whittaker reveals she was “incredibly emotional.”
“My entire life, as a child, all I ever wanted to do was be an actor, and I wanted to do it because I wanted to play pretend, and that is the ultimate,” she explains.
Though filming has yet to begin on the new series, the actress is optimistic about what she’ll bring to the role – besides being female.
“We can celebrate differences,” she says. “I hope my gender isn’t a fearful thing. In this [Doctor Who] world, there aren’t rules.”