Jodie Whittaker To Reportedly Quit ‘Doctor Who’ After Three Years, BBC Responds To Claims

Jodie Whittaker Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker, known for essaying the role of the first-ever female doctor on BBC’s Doctor Who series, is reportedly set to quit the show. Word on the block is Whittaker, who has been a part of the long-running television series since 2017, will leave after the upcoming thirteenth season. BBC, which has produced the acclaimed show since 1963, declined to comment on the speculation around Whittaker’s departure.

According to initial reports by The Mirror, 38-year-old Whittaker has taken the decision to leave after three years on the show in line with her predecessors. It is reported that out of the twelve actors who played reincarnations of the Time Lord Doctor on Doctor Who, many left after three seasons.

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Speculation Around The Female Doctor Leaving

A source was quoted saying, “It’s all very hush-hush but it is known on set that Jodie is leaving and they are gearing up for a regeneration. Her departure is top secret but at some point over the coming months the arrival of the 14th Doctor will need to be filmed. It’s very exciting.”

Meanwhile, according to Deadline, BBC producers neither rubbished nor confirmed news of Whittaker leaving. On Monday, a BBC spokesperson was quoted saying, “We won’t be commenting on any speculation around Jodie’s future on the show.”

Whittaker’s Doctor Who co-stars Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole are also reportedly set to leave the show soon.

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About Jodie Whittaker On Doctor Who

Television series Doctor Who, which forms an integral part of British pop culture, has seen a line of prominent actors succeed each other in the role of the Time Lord character known simply as Doctor. Jodie Whittaker became the thirteenth actor to play the role in 2017, markedly as the series’ first female Doctor. Her departure, if true, will simply prompt another actor to replace her seamlessly through the show’s concept of regeneration, where the Time Lord takes a new shape every few years.

Whittaker, in early 2020 remarking on her Doctor Who role had said during an interview, “I absolutely adore it. At some point, these shoes are going to be handed on, but it’s not yet. I’m clinging on tight!”