Jodie Whittaker to Leave ‘Doctor Who’ in 2022

There have been rumblings and rumors before that Jodie Whittaker and Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall were thinking of leaving for some time now, but this time, sadly, it seems to be true. Chibnall, himself, (via Games Radar) has stated that he’d made a “3 series and out” pact with Whittaker when their adventure started together on the iconic BBC series in 2017.

“Jodie and I made a “three series and out” pact with each other at the start of this once-in-a-lifetime blast. So now our shift is done, and we’re handing back the TARDIS keys.

Jodie’s magnificent, iconic Doctor has exceeded all our high expectations. She’s been the gold standard leading actor, shouldering the responsibility of being the first female Doctor with style, strength, warmth, generosity and humour. She captured the public imagination and continues to inspire adoration around the world, as well as from everyone on the production. I can’t imagine working with a more inspiring Doctor – so I’m not going to!

For me, leading this exceptional team has been unrivalled creative fun, and one of the great joys of my career. I’m so proud of the people we’ve worked with and the stories we’ve told. To finish our time on the show with an additional Special, after the pandemic changed and challenged our production plans, is a lovely bonus. It’s great that the climax of the Thirteenth Doctor’s story will be at the heart(s) of the BBC’s centenary celebrations.

I wish our successors – whoever the BBC and BBC Studios choose – as much fun as we’ve had. They’re in for a treat!”

Jodie Whittaker also graciously thanked her showrunner and team on the BBC series that began way back in 1963. She reflected on her grand adventure the past couple of years as a part of this series that has been beloved and celebrated worldwide for generations of fans. 

“In 2017 I opened my glorious gift box of size 13 shoes. I could not have guessed the brilliant adventures, worlds and wonders I was to see in them. My heart is so full of love for this show, for the team who make it, for the fans who watch it and for what it has brought to my life. And I cannot thank Chris enough for entrusting me with his incredible stories. We knew that we wanted to ride this wave side by side, and pass on the baton together. So here we are, weeks away from wrapping on the best job I have ever had. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express what this role has given me. I will carry the Doctor and the lessons I’ve learnt forever. I know change can be scary and none of us know what’s out there. That’s why we keep looking. Travel Hopefully. The Universe will surprise you. Constantly.”

Whittaker will still appear as The Doctor for some time to come, with season 13 airing later this year and several specials to be seen until Fall 2022 when the 13th Doctor is expected to regenerate. 

Doctor Who season 13 cast

Source: Games Radar

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