Jodie Whittaker Reportedly Quitting Doctor Who After Season 13

Jodie Whittaker Reportedly Quitting Doctor Who After Season 13

We’ve received a shocking announcement on the Doctor Who front this Sunday. Just two days after her return in the show’s New Year’s special, news has come that Jodie Whittaker may be saying goodbye to the TARDIS after the next season of the sci-fi institution. The actress, who was cast in the role back in 2017, is currently filming season 13 but a new report from The Mirror is claiming that it will be her last.

According to The Mirror’s trusted source, “It’s all very hush-hush but it is known on set that Jodie is leaving and they are gearing up for a regeneration.” The outlet’s insider goes on to say that the BBC is on course to cast her replacement. “Her departure is top secret but at some point over the coming months the arrival of the 14th Doctor will need to be filmed,” the sources notes. “It’s very exciting.”

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While this isn’t official just yet, The Mirror has a pretty spotless record when it comes to Who scoops in recent years. They previously correctly predicted that the Cybermen were returning in season 12 and that Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole were leaving in the recent special. Plus, as The Mirror points out, season 13 is Whittaker’s third season in the part and it’s traditional for Doctors to exit the gig after that number – David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi all bowed out three runs in.

This announcement feels like its coming out of nowhere, though, as Whittaker has previously suggested that she wasn’t going anywhere soon. However, as Mirror’s source says above, producers were hoping to keep this under wraps so she could have been deliberately throwing folks off the scent with her comments. If this really is the case, then, get ready for months of speculation over who the Fourteenth Doctor will be.

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Whatever happens, we’ve definitely got eight more episodes of Whittaker’s Time Lord still to go. Doctor Who season 13 is expected to complete shooting in the summer ahead of its premiere in the fall. How do you feel about getting a new Doctor as soon as later this year? Sound off in the comments.

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