The Thirteenth Doctor is ready to step away. Today, the BBC announced that Jodie Whittaker, who took over the role of the first female lead in Doctor Who in 2017, will be ending her show on the show in 2022. Showrunner Chris Chibnall will also be leaving.
“My heart is so full of love for this show, for the team that makes it, for the fans who watch it and for what it has brought into my life.” Whittaker said in a statement:. “And I can’t thank Chris enough for entrusting his incredible stories. We knew we wanted to ride this wave side by side and pass the baton together. So here we are, weeks away from packing the best job I’ve ever had. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express what this role has brought me. I will carry the doctor and the lessons I have learned with me forever.”
That said, there is still a lot of Whittaker led doctor who between now and then in the store. At SDCC, it was revealed that the show’s delayed Series 13 would tell a single story; it is expected to debut later this year, although there is no specific date yet. In addition, two specials are scheduled for 2022, and the BBC said today that the broadcaster “has now requested an extra final feature film adventure for the Thirteenth Doctor, to form a trio of specials for 2022, before the Doctor regenerates another one.” time.”
Now comes one of the most exciting aspects of a doctor who fan: speculate who will take over next.