ACTRESS Jodie Whittaker is planning to skip the country to avoid a public backlash to her Doctor Who debut.
Sci-fi fans will get their first glimpse of her Tardis adventures next month.
But Jodie, who has replaced Peter Capaldi as the time-traveller, will not be among the millions tuning in.
Instead she plans to hop on a plane and get as far away as possible – in case viewers react badly to the first female Doctor.
She said: “[I’ll be] somewhere far away, so I don’t watch it in the same time zone. I’ll be turning my phone off and hoping for the best!”
The ex-Broadchurch star said she was delighted to land the role, and she felt like “a kid in a toy shop”.
She added: “I feel like I’ve been handed this amazing world.”
Jodie, 36, revealed she has been encouraged by lead writer Chris Chibnall to bring her own approach to the role.
She explained: “Doctor Who wasn’t something that was on TV in my house when I was growing up, so I thought I’d have to cane it before the first audition and watch every single episode.
“Thankfully, Chris said, ‘I don’t want you to. I want you to come in with fresh eyes and bring what you would do in this environment’.”
The BBC said that the long-running show is moving to Sunday nights, with the first episode –The Woman Who Fell To Earth – on Sunday, October 7.
Jodie will be joined by on-screen companions Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Ryan (Tosin Cole).
Executive producer Chris wrote: “New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting.
“Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time. (Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits).
“The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it’s going to be a blast.”