Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure rules herself out of replacing Jodie Whittaker on Doctor Who: ‘It’s not for me’


Vicky McClure in Line of Duty
Vicky won’t be swapping AC-12 for the Tardis any time soon (Picture: BBC)

Sorry Vicky McClure fans – it looks like there’s no chance that the Line of Duty star will be filling Jodie Whittaker’s shoes on Doctor Who when a new lead is found.

Ever since it was announced that Jodie will soon be taking her final bow as the Time Lord, Whovians have been speculating who will be announced as her replacement.

From Olly Alexander to Michaela Coel, several names have been thrown into the mix – including Vicky’s.

However, she has shut down the speculation completely, saying that the gig wouldn’t be ‘for her’.

When asked in a recent interview about the fans who hoped she might become the 14th Doctor, Vicky said that the love she’s experienced on social media has been ‘lovely’.

‘It’s a real compliment. It’s an iconic piece of telly that’s been going for ever and ever, and I’m sure will continue to, and I wish it well, but it’s not for me,’ she told The Guardian.

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who
Jodie’s time as the Doctor is coming to an end (Picture: BBC Studios/Ben Blackall)

Continuing, the 38-year-old explained that the TV she watches is usually the same kind of TV that she makes as an actor… and Doctor Who doesn’t fall under that category.

‘It’s not even something I watch. You know, the TV I make is usually the TV I will enjoy myself,’ she said.

‘So what I tend to do is go for parts I feel can stretch my imagination – like, even bomb disposal is so far from my world, but the understanding of fear, we all have. Once we start moving to sci-fi, that’s where I start to lose interest.’

Jodie, who has played the Doctor since 2017, recently opened up about what it was like to film her final scenes in the BBC series, recalling how she felt ‘grief-ridden’.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, she said: ‘I’ve shot my version of regen[eration], and it was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I’ve ever had.

‘It’s a really bizarre feeling, because it’s the best time I’ve ever had on a job, and I made the decision to leave it, so it’s a really strange thing to do to yourself. It feels like you’re giving yourself stitches – like, “Why have you done it?” But… it felt right.’

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She continued: ‘It was a wonderfully-celebratory-slash-grief-ridden day that I could spend with the family that I’d made.

‘I suppose the best thing about it is that the episodes are still on. So until they’re off, I don’t have to really get my head around the fact that it’s not my part!’

Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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