Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker Apologises To Phoebe Waller-Bridge Over Rumour Buzz

The 'Fleabag' star was a hot favourite to take over the Tardis.

Forthcoming ‘Doctor Who’ star Jodie Whittaker has apologised to Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who took a lot of the heat when speculation about who the new Time Lord would be was at its peak.

Since Peter Capaldi was revealed to be leaving the hit sci-fi show, rumours were rife about who should replace him in the lead role, with many, many discussions about whether it was time for a woman to take over the Tardis.

Because Phoebe’s name was thrown around as a rumoured star for the role, including during a segment on the BBC’s ‘Newsnight’, she frequently came up in debates both and for and against a female Doctor.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Phoebe Waller-Bridge
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Speaking to Dermot O’Leary on Radio 2, weeks after she was revealed to be the show’s new lead, Jodie addressed this, claiming: “It was just amazing that Phoebe Waller-Bridge had all that and she dealt with it all so amazingly and gracefully.

“And 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.

“It was a full military operation – I basically whispered for three months. [Keeping the news secret] 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?!’”

Jodie Whittaker
Jodie Whittaker
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Since Jodie was revealed as the new Doctor, past incarnations of the role have all spoken out in support of her, including David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.

However, past Time Lord Peter Davison caused controversy when he admitted the one thing that concerned him about Jodie’s appointment was that young boys who watch ‘Doctor Who’ could potentially lose a role model with a woman at the helm of the show.

He’s since deleted his Twitter account, in response to the backlash he received from fans of the show.

Jodie’s first appearance as the Doctor will be in this year’s Christmas special, which will also be Peter Capaldi’s final appearance.

Anne Robinson

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