The end of 2017 gave us our first taste of Jodie Whitaker's 13th Doctor, and though we only hear her utter one phrase, a lot of people are already in love with the line, "Aw, brilliant!" Whittaker talks about her accent for her incarnation of the Doctor, and why she decided to sport the Northern England, Yorkshire accent.
Speaking to Doctor Who Magazine (via ScreenRant), Whittaker explains:
"All the Doctors' voices have been different. There have been various dialects and I knew coming into it that there wasn't a rule that you had to speak a certain way. Obviously anyone who's seen me knows that this isn't the only voice I'm comfortable doing. If it hadn't worked during the scenes in the audition process I'm sure they would have picked up on that immediately. So in a strange way, I don't know how much of an actual decision it was. I think [the decision] happened before I was even cast."
Whittaker won't be the first Doctor to use her own natural accent. Doctor Number Nine Christopher Eccleston also spoke with his natural accent; unlike David Tennant who was asked to keep to a more generic British accent.
Besides all the haters online, reception for Whittaker's Doctor have been overwhelmingly positive. Though some fans are sad to see Peter Capaldi go as the Doctor, Whovians accept that this is natural stage in the grieving process. Everyone will be falling in love with Whittaker in no time.
Whittaker's first episode as the Doctor is expected to come out later this year.