DIGITALSPY.COM: Doctor Who star Mandip Gill has praised new Doctor Jodie Whittaker, saying that she “really is the Doctor” ahead of the show’s series 11 premiere tonight (October 7).
The actress, who plays the Thirteenth Doctor’s friend Yasmin Khan in the new series, revealed on Sunday Brunch this morning that fans won’t need to take any time to get used to the new Doctor.
“She’s absolutely great, and I’m not just saying this because she’s a friend,” Mandip explained to hosts Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer.
“She just genuinely has nailed it. She’s the Doctor – she literally is the Doctor. There were no, ‘Maybe she’ll become the Doctor in a few episodes’. She completely is.”
The actress also added that while she doesn’t know what will happen after the episode premieres, she’s willing to embrace any changes that follow.
“I don’t know what to expect,” she added. “I will embrace it if there is change. But I’d like to be able to go into town with no make-up on!”
Whittaker, on the other hand, is taking everything in her stride, with Mandip adding that the actress doesn’t seem fazed at all about the huge role she’s taking over.
“I’m not quite sure she understands the gravitas of it because she just takes it in her stride and is really cool about it,” she continued. “It’s a massive responsibility. I genuinely don’t think I would be able to do what she does – the amount of lines she learns on a daily basis!”
Talking about her character, Mandip says that Yasmin is a “very capable” girl who may just get more than she bargains for.
“One day she phones her boss and says, ‘Look I want more’, and she gets more – and it completely changes her life,” she teased. “And that’s all I’m going to say.”
Doctor Who returns with ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ tonight (October 7) at 6.45pm on BBC One, while Sunday Brunch continues on Channel 4.