Jodie Whittaker has quit Doctor Who and will leave the show at the end of the next series. That’s according to reports by the Daily Mirror, who claim the 38-year old intends to follow in the footsteps of her predecessors by stepping down after three series at the helm of the Tardis.
Both Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi – who Whittaker replaced to become the first woman to take on the role in 2017 – played the Time Lord for only three series; other Doctors to leave after three runs include William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Peter Davison, and Sylvester McCoy.
Despite the reports, the BBC have refused to confirm or deny the rumors of Whittaker’s departure. A spokesperson has simply said: “We won’t be commenting on any speculation around Jodie’s future on the show.”
With the recent airing of Doctor Who, two of the current companions have left the series and we are teased with who will be joining the Tardis in season 13. The season began filming in November and is expected to start airing sometime later this year. The new addition is actor and comedian John Bishop, who will be playing Dan. According to show runner Chris Chibnall, they’d reached out to Bishop prior to the pandemic and then built the character specifically for him.
Bishop replaced Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole who exited the series during the New Years day special. Bishop is a popular stand up comedian along with having appeared in series like Skins and Fearless. He will be traveling with Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor and remaining companion Yaz played by Mandip Gill.
Whittaker’s departure will once again open up the role of the Doctor and prompt questions about a successor.