To say that Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the Thirteenth Doctor sparked debate online would be a massive understatement, but there’s no question that most, if not all of the reactions that have surfaced since the big announcement have been overwhelmingly positive.
Be it former Doctors or Steven Moffat himself – the outgoing showrunner who will bid adieu to Doctor Who following this year’s Christmas Special – many of the show’s key players have voiced their support of Whittaker in the titular role. And Matt Smith is no different.
Having heaped praise on the incoming Doctor several times already, the actor was recently asked if he’d have any interest in returning to the sci-fi series to team up with Jodie at some point. Unsurprisingly, he seems into the idea, but not just yet.
“Why not? I’d come back,” Smith told MTV. “Yeah, if the timing was right. I think we’ve gotta give a few years to Miss Whittaker to get the Tardis under her belt, as it were, and then yeah – one day. Look, I’ll be back one day – when I’m old and grey. Which isn’t far off…”
Elsewhere in the interview, Smith was asked if he had any advice for Whittaker, to which he replied: “Yeah, I will tell her what I told Peter – listen to no-one. Listen to no-one!”
Doctor Who will be back on our screens this festive season with the premiere of “Twice Upon a Time.” It’s poised to be an emotional gut-punch, too, what with the long-anticipated transition (read: regeneration process) that will result in Peter Capaldi passing the torch over to the incoming Jodie Whittaker.
As mentioned above, the Broadchurch actress has been roundly endorsed by the BBC, Moffat, David Tennant, Capaldi, the overwhelming majority of Who fans and, of course, Matt Smith, but what are your thoughts on her casting? Do let us know in the comments section below.