Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker shares who she wants to replace her ahead of her last episode

Survivors of The Flux, The Doctor, Yaz and Dan are back in action this week, much to the delight of Doctor Who fans.

This unique special sees the team take on the dreaded Daleks, with guest stars including Aisling Bea (from Channel 4’s comedy This Way Up), Adjani Salmon (from BBC Two’s Enterprice) and Father Ted’s Pauline McLynn.

We caught up with time partners Jodie Whittaker and her right-hand man Mandip Gill, aka The Doctor, and Yaz to find out more about what to expect and their thoughts on who the new Doctor should be …

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Jodie Whittaker is back as the Doctor

Tell us about the special …

Jodie: It’s a really fun episode, actually. There is a time loop, so there are a lot of elements of farce, doors that open and are not where you think you are. But the danger level is still 10. We’re stuck in a time loop with Daleks. A nightmare!

Mandip: Yaz and The Doctor are together for much of the episode, which is great.

Jodie: I always write on WhatsApp Chris [Chibnall, the Doctor Who showrunner] complaining when we’re not!



Mandip Gill reveals that his character, Yaz and the Doctor, spend a lot of time together in the episode
Mandip Gill reveals that his character, Yaz and the Doctor, spend a lot of time together in the episode

How were your guest stars Aisling, Adjani and Pauline?

Jodie: We usually have multiple main characters, but this episode was really intimate. It meant we had three comedians on set, so it was incredibly fun between scenes. Pauline has a very important role, but she did her thing on a different day, so we didn’t have any interaction.

Mandip: We only watch episodes when they air, so sometimes you say, “Oh, that’s what they did on my day off.”



Jodie Whittaker reveals that the Doctor and his gang are reunited with Daleks
Jodie Whittaker reveals that The Doctor and his gang are reunited with Daleks

What do you think of Congressman Nick Fletcher who says having a female doctor helped undermine male role models?

Jodie: I think it’s funny on the one hand and nerve-wracking on the other. As much as I like to think that the world revolves around me, I don’t think I have much control. But there is one sinister thing for me, and that is that women are blamed for the actions of men. It is a very dangerous statement. I think women are excellent role models. Someone who is replaced is not taken away. It is broadening your horizons.



Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill open their hopes for who the next doctor would be
Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill open their hopes for who the next doctor would be



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Finally, who should be the next Doctor?

Jodie: Thaddea Graham [who was in the recent Flux series]. When we did the reading, I texted Mandip and said, “He should have been the new doctor.”

Mandip: We were like “You missed a trick!”

Jodie: But the great thing is, it could be anyone.

Mandip: We know Whoopi Goldberg is really involved. It would be great. I showed up on set every day.

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