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Jodie Whittaker looking forward to becoming a household name as Doctor Who

The actress still smiles when she recalls the day she was asked to audition for the role.

Jodie Whittaker can't wait for the fame that will come with her new role as the first female Doctor Who, because she's always mistaken for other people.

The Broadchurch star was unveiled as the new TV time traveller last month (Jul17), and she's been busy settling into the role.

And Jodie has no problems with the fact she'll become one of the most recognised people in Britain when she takes over from departing Doctor Peter Capaldi at the end of the year.

"I'm the type of person that you'd walk past and go, 'I think I went to school with her', or 'I know her and I can't quite place it'," she told Rolling Stone. "It certainly isn't, 'I know her full name, and I can tell you who she is'."

Jodie is still reeling from the shock of landing the coveted role and making history as the first actress to play the Doctor in the cult franchise's 50-year history. She can still clearly recall the moment new Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall asked her if she would be interested in auditioning for the part.

"I was like, 'I want to audition now!'" she smiled. "As a young girl, I did not think that 'Time Lord' would ever be on my CV."

Chris, who is also the creator of Broadchurch, in which Jodie plays Beth Latimer, broke the news to the actress in March and she experienced one of the strangest mornings of her life.

"I was just walking about my street, thinking, 'Oh, this is so weird. Right now, I’m completely anonymous. I’ve got four hours'," she remembered.

The Brit has no idea who she beat for the part, but she admits Doctor Who bosses made it clear they wanted an actress for the next Doctor.

Early bookmakers' favourites included Tilda Swinton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Jodie's Broadchurch co-star Olivia Colman, who was quick to take herself out of the running.

"I have no idea who, but I know I was up against other actresses," Jodie added. "It was very much that Chris was auditioning people for the first female Doctor."

Belfast Telegraph