Doctor Who: the decision to use Jodie Whittaker’s Yorkshire accent

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine goes on sale this week, and in it, Jodie Whittaker has been chatting about her take on the Doctor, introduced on Christmas Day. She gets the cover of the magazine too, and rightly so.

In particular, she’s been chatting about her Doctor using her Yorkshire accent, a decision that seemed very matter of fact.

“All the Doctors’ voices have been different”, Whittaker said. “There have been various dialects and I knew coming into it that there wasn’t a rule that you had to speak in a certain way. I auditioned in my accent and at no point did anyone say to do anything different”.

“In fact, they said ‘use your own voice’”.

And that’s exactly what Jodie Whittaker did. She goes on to say in the magazine that she would have been comfortable doing different accents too if that was what was required for the role. But it was never a problem. “In a strange way I don’t know how much of an actual decision it was … I think it happened before I was even cast!”, Whittaker said of the Doctor’s new Yorkshire accent!

Find more on Doctor Who Magazine here. The issue goes on sale from Thursday.