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Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker says pandemic has ‘skyrocketed my paranoia’

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Jodie Whittaker is raring to get back to work on Doctor Who (Picture: Rex)

Jodie Whittaker says the uncertainty around the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has made her ‘paranoid’.

The Doctor Who star, who will soon be back on our screens in a Christmas special, shared that she struggles unless guidelines are ‘really clear’ and fears making someone else ill.

She told Stella magazine: ‘I’m pretty anxious anyway, so it [the pandemic] has skyrocketed my paranoia.

‘That worst-case scenario, that I cause someone ill health, I cause them long Covid…

‘I’m a follower of a rule and I need things to be really clear, otherwise it sends me into an apocalyptic panic attack.’

Before returning to Wales for filming, she took a mandatory test for coronavirus, and described her negative result as ‘the highlight of my day’.

Jodie Whittaker with Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole in Doctor Who (Picture: BBC)

‘You take going away for granted so much until it’s gone,’ she said.

The Broadchurch star is raring to go on her third series of Doctor Who.

She ‘can’t wait’ to get back to Cardiff, bringing husband Christian Contreras and their five-year-old daughter.

‘Lockdown reminded me that I really love my job,’ she said.

The actress will be back in Christmas special Revolution of the Daleks (Picture: BBC)

Jodie will be back as the Time Lord in the Christmas episode Revolution of the Daleks.

The TV star made history by becoming the first female Doctor when she took over from Peter Capaldi in 2017.

It was a moment she didn’t take lightly, and was even concerned she hadn’t got the part right after watching back her first-ever episode.

‘When I saw the episode, where Peter’s [Capaldi] Doctor regenerates into myself,’ she told BBC Radio 6 Music.

‘We were midway through shooting and that was the first time in a long time that I’d been watching it – I hadn’t watched it to try and give myself that freedom to step on set.

‘I was like, “Oh my God, I’ve done it wrong. I’ve done it wrong,” and we were only like six weeks in and I had seven months left.’

The 38-year-old pressed: ‘I came in to work I was like, “You should have told me, I’ve been doing it wrong!” They said, “No, this is the point,’ like, “You know, you aren’t supposed to be doing what someone else did.”

‘But all the energy of the Doctor and all the references and the Whovian kind of pearls are in there. And you then take it and run with it, and actually it’s much more freeing.’

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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