Former Doctor Who sidekick Anneke Wills says she stopped watching the show after Jodie Whittaker landed main role

IF you thought Time Lords and their trusted assistants stuck together, you’d be very much mistaken.

Actress Anneke Wills, who played one of the BBC show’s most popular companions to the Doctor in the Sixties, has admitted she turned off after Jodie Whittaker landed the leading role.

Anneke, who was assistant to the first ever Doctor William Hartnell and then his ­successor Patrick Troughton, said she would rather than sleep than watch the show.

But luckily, Jodie shouldn’t take it too personally.

Anneke explained: “I have to admit that I’ve fallen off since Jodie has come in.

“It’s nothing to do with her — I think she’s wonderful and great — but this is all part of the new Who.

“It’s too fast, too furious, a bit too frightening. It’s too much for me.”

When quizzed about Jodie’s predecessors David Tennant in 2005 and Peter Capaldi in 2014 however, Anneke could not have been more complimentary.

She added: “I loved David Tennant as the Doctor — he was a bit special — and Peter Capaldi was lovely too.

“I loved the moment when Jodie became the Doctor. I thought, ‘It’s a woman . . .  brilliant!’

“I was convinced that the time was right and we definitely should have a woman.

“Then I watched the first few episodes and thought, “Oh Christ, this is frightening. I think I’ll go to bed.’

“And that’s it, I’ve gone to bed at half past six!”


There’s no pleasing some.

But when it’s a legend like Anneke, I think I’ll let her off.

When asked for her ­opinion on who should replace Jodie, who joined the show in 2017, Anneke suggested it could be someone transgender.

She said: “I’m sure that would be the next evolving.

“Doctor Who will always evolve, it will never die. If you’ve fallen off, so be it.”

Jen 'n' El go retro cool

JENNA Coleman and Ellie Bamber rock the retro look in upcoming true-crime thriller series The Serpent – about a Seventies serial killer.

Ex-Doctor Who star Jenna plays Marie-Andree Leclerc, the partner and accomplice of French psycho Charles Sobhraj – played by actor Tahar Rahim.

Ellie, who starred in last year’s BBC1 adaptation of Les Miserables, plays a diplomat’s wife who with her husband goes on the trail of Sobhraj in India,­ ­Thailand and Nepal as he preyed on young travellers in 1975 and 1976 and was nicknamed The Serpent.

The BBC1 eight-parter starts on New Year’s Day.

Alison addresses the drama

Alison Hammond has had her say on the ongoing This Morning team drama, telling her Instagram followers yesterday: “Strong people don’t tear down ­others”.

It comes days after her breakfast show co-star Ruth Langsford denied making a dig at ­Alison’s ­reality TV past.

Staff got shirty with helper Jez

AS a political interviewer, he’s been involved in more than a few TV and radio skirmishes over the years.

But Jeremy Vine has admitted one of his most humiliating moments came in a London shirt shop.

The host of the Jeremy Vine show, which airs weekly on Channel 5, revealed how he once briefly pretended to help a customer in a store he used to buy clothes from – but got a strip torn off him by a member of staff.

He said: “I really felt humiliated and I never went back. Then six months later they closed – the curse came upon them.”

Don’t mess with Jez.

MTVs tot shots will land with a bump

I HOPE you enjoy listening to screeching babies, because that is the soundtrack to new MTV show Celebrity Bump.

Popular reality stars, who are either pregnant or recently gave birth, will open their homes for camera crews to document each tear and tantrum – and I’m not just talking about the little ones.

It will air early next year and couples already signed up include X Factor’s Jake Quickenden and girlfriend Sophie Church, Towie’s Shelby Tribble and boyfriend Sam Mucklow, Love Island’s Marcel Somerville and fiancé Rebecca Vieira, as well as Olympic athlete Perri Shakes-Drayton and her husband Mike Edwards.

A source said: “Celebrity Bumps is a heart-warming, honest and fun look at babyhood as a host of celebs introduce the next generation of reality TV stars to their fans in the most intimate way.

“MTV has signed up a string of famous faces who are keen to show the highs and lows of pregnancy, the run-up to the birth and looking after their babies around the clock.

“It’s a world away from the glitz and glamour of their normal lives in the public eye.”

Let’s see how these well-known names look with baby sick all down their designer gear . . . 

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