This means that each transition can feel strenuous for fans, as new TV shows often take a season or two before they really nail down their town and message. Whittaker’s era has received mixed reviews since she became the Doctor, with some saying her take is excellent and others feeling as though her era lacks the qualities that make Doctor Who a favorite.
According to Radiotimes, she told BBC Radio that Capaldi’s regeneration scene made her panic about her own performance of the Doctor. Watching it made her think that she had been “doing it wrong.” But showrunner Chris Chibnall assured Whittaker that she was here to bring a fresh perspective of the Doctor, not become a copycat of Capaldi’s version or other previous iterations. Whittaker’s full comment can be read below:
“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. 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.”
Regardless, Whittaker is set to stay for at least another season on the show, which will give Whittaker and Chibnall a chance to explore this version of the Doctor more.