Jodie Whittaker 'had fun' getting exterminated by Daleks in Doctor Who special

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Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker enjoyed filming scenes in which the Doctor is exterminated by her greatest enemy, the Daleks.

The actress was stunned when she read the script for the upcoming New Year's Day special to see the Doctor dying at the hands of the Daleks in the opening moments of an episode with a time-loop plotline.

"When I read this episode for the first time and in one of the opening moments get exterminated I genuinely thought, 'Somebody has decided to write me out a bit sooner than I thought!'" she said in an interview released by the BBC.

"It's brilliant to play because the first time, for the Doctor, it's as if you're grasping at those seconds and that realisation that it could be your last moment. And for you to be killed by a Dalek would be so horrendous!"

Once Jodie understood the time-loop plotline though, she realised she could have fun with repeated death scenes and trying out different ways of dealing with her demise.

"Then once you realise you're in this time loop the anticipation of the pain and the fun that can be had with that," she explained. "It's the first time in my career I've died so many times in an episode, there's always a first!"

The star also enjoyed shooting the latest episode - which guest stars Aisling Bea and Adjani Salmon plus series regulars Mandip Gill and John Bishop - as it was shot at breakneck speed due to its repeating plot.

"I have to say, being on set, the episode feels like it's going at a million miles an hour even though you're hitting the same moment every time, so I found that fascinating," she revealed.

The new instalment, titled Eve of the Daleks, will air on the BBC on New Year's Day. Jodie will bow out as the Doctor later next year.

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