Jodie Whittaker got freaked out by Doctor Who's confusing continuity

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Jodie Whittaker has admitted that she got "stressed" after delving into Doctor Who's rather timey-wimey continuity.

Speaking on David Tennant's new podcast David Tennant Does a Podcast With…, Whittaker said that she found a lot of things contradicted with each other and that only caused confusion when she was auditioning for the role of the Thirteenth Doctor.

"If I were playing Hamlet or Lady Macbeth or whatever, I'm not going to the theatre to watch the most recent production," she said, explaining why she delved into old Doctor Who.

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"[I thought], 'I need to read this'. And there's so much there – I need to read the history of it and the tropes and the rules and all that, which all contradict!

"And I'm like, 'I thought I was auditioning for 13, but now there's like John Hurt and now there's David Bradley – does he count? – and I got so stressed. I was like, 'What does this mean?'"

Whittaker said that showrunner Chris Chibnall eventually gave her a 'continuity bible' of sorts that he had written.

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Photo credit: BBC

"For me, it was reading the stuff. I wanted to read it. I wanted to do my homework," she said. "And Chibs printed me basically an encyclopedia of kind of the facts. It's like a massive Wikipedia. It's like a dissertation.

"It's like, 'This contradicts this, this is a throughline, this could be this but really it's open'."

Elsewhere on the podcast, Whittaker recalled an occasion when a Whovian told her that they wanted Ben Whishaw in the role of the Doctor instead.

Doctor Who airs on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US.

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