Jodie Whittaker has answered and re-answered a ton of questions about portraying the Doctor for Doctor Who Season 13, One fan recently provided one she hadn’t heard before, inquiring which of the previous Time Lords Whittaker would ask for advice and why,. The actress had a great response, announcing she would ask all the previous Doctors one singular question revolving around beauty.
Many who have played the role of the Doctor have talked about the unique experiences and everything else that comes along with the gig. Jodie Whittaker seems to want to know the absolute best moment of visual splendor each actor has experienced as the Doctor, and if they carried it with them throughout their tenure. It’s a feeling Whittaker seems to have captured early on in her run and has given her an intense feeling she may not have had or experienced in past roles.
Jodie Whittaker’s response, given during a screening of the Season 13 premiere held by EW, also seems to imply she’s curious if more emotional and beautiful experiences come with time in the role, as she mentioned those who have “worn the shoes longer.” That’s nearly everyone, although Whittaker has already missed her chance to talk with the first three actors who played the role on Doctor Who, each is now deceased. That aside, she has the support of most of the post-reboot Doctors to call on, should she ever want to ask that question.
There’s another way to interpret Jodie Whittaker’s response. Perhaps the current Doctor Who lead was responding with a question she’d ask the literal past twelve Doctors, not limited to the lifespan of former cast members. The lore could likely lay out the “single most beautiful thing” each Doctor has seen. After all, being the Doctor is tough work. It wouldn’t be surprising to know each Time Lord has one shining memory they draw back on to give them hope when things seem at their darkest.
Either way, Jodie Whittaker seems to be catching on to what it means to inhabit the role rather quickly. If true, that’s a big plus for the actress, who has many fans watching her every move she as the first female Doctor. With Season 11 underway, the actress finally has her big chance to show the world whether or not she’s worthy of the role, or if she’ll end up being someone that viewers wish time had forgotten.
Doctor Who Season 11 airs on BBC America Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET. It’s one of many returning shows with the potential to excite television audiences over the next few months, so head over to our fall premiere guide to see what else is on the way.