Jodie Whittaker has barely had a minute of screen time as the titular Time Lord on Doctor Who and yet, she’s already proved the role means a great deal to her.
In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, she revealed that she helped costume designer Ray Holman to find the perfect look for her 13th Doctor. “Ray and I designed the costume from scratch,” Whittaker said. “He was able to take a sometimes-bizarre explanation from me and then offer up exactly what I was trying to articulate. I’d have an idea and then he’d take it to the next level. My acorn of an idea would turn into an oak tree as soon as Ray got hold of it.”
Whittaker was announced in July as Peter Capaldi’s successor, but fans didn’t get an official look at her costume until November. The outfit is simple and elegant, yet vibrant and zany. Although she is the first female Doctor, Whittaker’s attire easily fits into the long line of iconic Doctor Who looks.
“We started in August and it went on until October,” the actress continued. “The very first meeting we had about the costume was all very secret and incognito. As we were talking I was completely distracted by the color of the wallpaper behind us. I told Ray I absolutely loved that color, and that’s the color of the trousers.” Whittaker is obviously referring to the vibrant teal, which is the dominating color of her outfit.
Although it hasn’t even seen one second of screen time yet, the costume is already popular among Doctor Who fans, inspiring fan art and cosplay costumes.
Whittaker will be joined in the upcoming 11th season by Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK) as Graham, Tosin Cole (Hollyoaks) as Ryan, and Mandip Gill (Hollyoaks) as Yasmin. At that time, Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) will succeed Steven Moffat as head writer and executive producer. The new season of Doctor Who is expected to debut in the fall.
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