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‘Fleabag’ star Phoebe Waller-Bridge definitely isn’t the new Doctor Who

Ellie Walker-Arnott

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is 100 percent, absolutely, definitely NOT going to be the new Doctor. The 31-year-old ‘Fleabag’ writer and actress has been named as a potential replacement for Peter Capaldi when he gives back the keys to the Tardis later this year, but speaking backstage at the TV Baftas on London’s South Bank last night, Waller-Bridge said: ‘I am not going to be the first female Doctor, not that I know of.’ 

Instead, she’s focusing on the second series of her now Bafta-winning comedy ‘Fleabag’ (she won best Female Performance in a Comedy Programme). ‘There was some time when I wasn’t sure if I would write another series because it felt like quite a complete story,’ she told the press after her win. ‘Then I had an idea on a bus and I was like: Damn, I might be able to open it up again now.’

‘You’re living in your own head for so long with something like this and then all that self-doubt – you don’t know if you’re talking shit or everything you’re saying is really truthful. This [award] is just the biggest reward,’ she added. 

Oh and Waller-Bridge is still going to be in the new stand-alone Han Solo movie. She was trying desperately to perfect her ‘poker face’ backstage and keep ‘Star Wars’ secrets under wraps, saying ‘I started thinking I’d make up a completely ridiculous plot to the film and tell everyone that was the plot. But I’ve been advised heavily not to do that…’

‘Fleabag’ is available to watch on BBC iPlayer. 

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And read our interview with new ‘Doctor Who’ companion Pearl Mackie

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