Hold on to your bow-ties folks, there’s a new Doctor in town. Yes, it is the announcement that all of us Doctor Who nerds have been waiting for: Who is going to takeover the TARDIS after Peter Capaldi’s swan song at Christmas?
And the answer is…Jodie Whittaker.
The news has certainly split the fandom with many celebration with glee (us) at the announcement and others (the wrong people,) noting it is “PC madness gone wrong” and the show is dead. As someone pointed out, all Whittaker has done is take a hood down and everyone is losing their goddamn minds.
As we mentioned above, we’re excited for Whittaker. Not just because a female Doctor is a positive change in dynamics for the show, but because she has proven repeatedly that she is one of our best actresses.
If you want to know more about Whittaker, here’s what you should watch!
Broadchurch (2013 – 2017)
Chris Chibnall is Doctor Who‘s new front-runner, taking the reigns from Stephen Moffat (pause for lots of cheering.) His most acclaimed outing was ITV’s drama Broadchurch. Starring Tenth Doctor David Tennant, Broadchurch revolved around the murder of a young boy in a small seaside town and the investigation into who his killer was.
Jodie Whittaker plays Beth Latimer, the mother of the victim, and has to deal with his death as well as her disintegrating marriage. The performance is intricate, stirring, and encapsulates a mother’s grief in such a powerful way. It twists emotionally and poignantly.
Black Mirror: The Entire History of You (2011)
There is a lot of dislike for Black Mirror’s The Entire History of You but genuinely, this comes from the fact it is a strong episode alongside stronger episodes. If it were a standalone drama, then it would have excelled. That being said, the performances are at the centre of it. Starring Toby Kebbell and Whittaker, the film revolves around a world where your memories are recorded and you can go back over them. As a man uncovers his wife’s affairs, the implants become a source of evidence and strife.
Jodie Whittaker is charming, witty, and still able to play incredulous too; a little manipulative but ultimately realistic.
One of the first cinematic outings for Jodie Whittaker and one of the last for Peter O’Toole, Venus revolves around an elderly actor who falls in love with his friend’s grand-niece, despite the massive age difference. As the pair trot along, they discover an uneasy friendship and it is unclear why the young woman would partake in their companionship…using him for her benefit.
Helping her earn nominations for Best Newcomer and Best Supporting Actress, Whittaker blew onto the screen with a defiant personality unbridled and unmatched since.
Attack the Block (2011)
Starring everyone’s favourite Stormtrooper, John Boyega, Attack the Block sees an apartment block come under siege by furry alien creatures who have colourful blue mouths and eyes. Locked in with them are a team of teenagers and Samantha, played by Whittaker, who has to romp through different levels trying to defeat the creatures in this terrifying lock-down caper.
Kicking ass alongside Star Wars‘ Boyega, Whittaker takes charge in this sci-fi comedy flick. Able to showcase the gravitas of the invasion whilst still producing some hilarious quips, this is brilliant performance by our new Doctor.
Adult Life Skills (2016)
Based on a short film called Emotional Fusebox (Whittaker appears in a lot of short films from the British Industry, and they are all worth a watch, including the Alan Rickman led short Dust,) Adult Life Skills sees Whittaker play a woman living in her mother’s shed after her twin brother has died. Unable to cope with his passing, her eccentricity is confused with immaturity and she often clashes with everyone around her as she tries to process the event. That is until she comes across a young lad who equally needs help when his mother is put into hospital.
Whittaker’s performance here is just terrific. The weirdness of her character Anna is only matched by her late twin and that feeling of loss, reverberating into a sense of loneliness and not belonging. Whittaker is droll yet tragic, and her performance is so greatly realised.
What do you think about Whittaker as the 13th Doctor?