Doctor Who series 11 star Sharon D Clarke discusses her character's impact on the show

Doctor Who star Sharon D Clarke has opened up about the impact that her character Grace has had on the series, and while we know her episode aired a good few weeks back now, we’re still adding in a spoiler warning.

So don’t go any further if you’ve somehow missed the series 11 premiere and still don’t want to know what happened.

At the end of series 11’s first episode, ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’, Clarke’s character Grace sacrificed herself to save her family and friends. Speaking on Graham Norton’s Radio 2 show today (November 10), the actress joked about her short stint on the show.

“It must be so exciting to get a Doctor Who script,” Norton said. “How disappointed were you when you got to the end of it?”

“Oh, ok, dead again,” Clarke joked, before adding that she was warned her character wouldn’t survive long. “Yeah, ‘Enjoy this one, because there may not be much more’.”

Still, after Norton commented that it was “brave” of the show to kill Grace off, Clarke added that she believes it was actually a great move for the series, particularly because of what it means for Grace’s grandson Ryan (Tosin Cole) and her husband Graham (Bradley Walsh) going forward.

“I think it was a great device,” she said. “Because now you’ve got the glue that is going to cement Graham and Ryan. They have this grief, and they have to choose to stick together now, so it’s a great device.”

As for the whole, you know, being on Doctor Who part, Sharon added that it was brilliant to be a part of the show’s history-making turn.

“For me, it was just… this is history, this is absolute history,” she continued. “There has never been a female Doctor and here I am, on the frontier of time, with Jodie who is doing the most phenomenal job.

“I think she’s absolutely brilliant in it, just her energy, compassion, her empathy, her quirkiness… She’s fab.

“And I’m just really, really pleased to have been a part of it. When people go back in history and look at the first [female] Doctor Who… I’ll be there. For a short time, but I’ll be there.”

Doctor Who continues on Sunday (November 11) at 7pm on BBC One.

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