Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker has revealed that she deliberately forgot her lines on the occasion when her co-star Mandip Gill did an audition for the show.

The stars first met at Gill's final audition for the role of on-screen companion Yasmin Khan in the BBC sci-fi series.

"The great thing was, you didn't know your lines!" Gill tells Whittaker in a joint interview in Radio Times magazine.

Whittaker then confesses: "I did that on purpose."

(L-R) Doctor Who stars Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, Jodie Whittaker and Tosin Cole Photo: BBC

Whittaker then explains her decision, which turns out to have been rather thoughtful.

"It's so intimidating when the other actor knows all their lines, but there's meant to be room for playing and having fun," she says.

"I knew you'd be more comfortable if I wasn't overly prepared."

The two friends enjoy each other's company on set and they FaceTime in the evening, even after they have been together all day filming.

Whittaker, who plays the Time Lord in Doctor Who, declares that she would never have contemplated getting the role prior to her own successful audition.

"I didn't look like Wonder Woman, chiselled out of rock. Never in my wildest dreams did I think these barrier-breaking roles would be mine," she says.

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