The first woman to star in the series Doctor Who since 1963, the year the first version premiered, Jodie Whittaker has confirmed that she will be leaving the show’s cast after the end of Season 13. The actress served for three years as the title character and entered the franchise’s history.
The BBC network confirmed the departure of Jodie this Thursday (29) along with the current showrunner, Chris Chibnall. It was the executive who decided to cast a woman for the first time as the protagonist of the series.
The actress will be remembered as the first woman to play the Lord of Time, bringing freshness and (more) comedy to the role. His departure has been speculated since the beginning of the year and is in line with that of his predecessors, including David Tennant and Matt Smith, who also completed three seasons in the role before moving on to other projects.
Chibnall took charge of the attraction after the departure of Steven Moffat, one of the longest running showrunners in the series’ history. It was he who also cast supporting cast members Tosin Cole (Ryan), Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Bradley Walsh (Graham), who accompanied Jodie’s Doctor during her journey on the series.
In a press release, the actress declared her love for Doctor Who and all fans of the franchise and thanked Chibnall for the opportunity.
My heart is full of love for this show, for the team that makes it, for the fans who watch and for what they brought to my life. I can’t thank Chris enough for trusting me with his amazing stories. We knew we wanted to catch this wave side by side and pass the baton together. So here we are, weeks away from completing the best job I’ve ever had.
“For the past four years, Chris and Jodie have made Doctor Who history, and their times on the show are definitely etched in our memories. that they have in store for us this new season,” added Piers Wenger, director of the BBC drama department.
The channel has yet to say who will assume the role of Doctor Who after the departure of Jodie Whittaker. Due to the Covid-19 crisis, the next season was shortened and will only have eight episodes. The premiere is scheduled for the last quarter of 2021.
In addition to season 13, Jodie will live the Doctor in three more Doctor Who specials that will air in 2022. The first one will air on January 1st, while the last one will be for the second half of next year, as part of the celebrations of the BBC’s centenary. It will be in this episode where the character will regenerate, and fans will meet his new incarnation.
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