Note: This article contains spoilers for Doctor Who series 11, episode 1 – ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’.
The new Doctor threw herself into the thick of the action in ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ – and believe it or not, Jodie Whittaker performed all of her own stunts in Doctor Who‘s series opener.
The freshly-regenerated Time Lord climbed to dizzying heights to save crane operator Karl (Jonny Dixon) from an alien huntsman, even making a dramatic leap from one crane to another.
“In episode one, that’s all me!” Whittaker revealed at the launch of the new series. “I’m really proud of that. There are a couple of moments [across the series] where it needed a professional – but in this, it didn’t need a professional, it needed someone who was daft enough to jump between two cranes!”
The climactic sequence was filmed three days in to the series shoot, in the early hours of the morning, with Whittaker admitting that she “absolutely bricked it” before performing the crucial jump stunt.
“I was obviously on a wire, [but] we were about 60 feet up… I was pretty high! It was all safe, there was nothing about it that wasn’t safe, it’s just not something you do every day! But I love the pride in watching it, knowing I did do it all,” she said.
“The wonderful thing about the Doctor is that it’s all about self-belief in so many ways. You don’t have these outlandish or otherworldly skills, physically. You have a body like anyone else and it can and can’t do certain things… so [having] faith to just leap… it was really euphoric.”
Doctor Who continues next Sunday (October 14) at 6.55pm on BBC One.
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