"I was delighted [by the casting]," Bradley told Digital Spy and other press. "I was wondering if Chris would pick someone from the Broadchurch cast.
"As we saw in Broadchurch, she's got this emotional reserve that… there's no limits. She's capable of great emotion and passion."
But, and this is key, Bradley also insisted that off-screen, Whittaker has a great sense of fun that she can bring to the part.
"Anyone who's hung out with her for a while, which I did, knows that she's also got a wicked sense of humour. She's got that playfulness. I think she's got all the skills.
"I think the Doctor basically has got this childlike quality, this curiosity about the universe and everything in it, and that sense of fun and playfulness. He gets it wrong sometimes. He's not perfect. Sometimes he gets into deep water, and he nearly kills himself and everybody else with him.
"So he's not the Lone Ranger. He's not perfect. Which makes him very vulnerable and that, to me, makes him very human. And I think Jodie will be fantastic."
Bradley plays the very first Doctor (as originally portrayed by the late William Hartnell) in this year's festive Doctor Who special, 'Twice Upon a Time'.
He'll team up with Peter Capaldi's current Doctor, before the show ushers in a whole new era with Whittaker and new showrunner Chris Chibnall.
18 days to go...
Doctor Who: 'Twice Upon a Time' airs on BBC One on Christmas Day at 5.30pm.
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