According to news, the actress will leave the BBC series after three years at the end of the next series.
Following news that she will quit Doctor Who at the end of the next season, speculation is growing about Jodie Whittaker’s future, ending her tenure in the Tardis after three years. On Sunday, the Daily Mirror confirmed that Whittaker expects to leave the BBC series, which returns in the fall, with an unnamed source suggesting that when the next “regeneration” takes place, a new Doctor will appear. She subsequently quit the program on New Year’s Day with her co-stars Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole. Whittaker made history when she became the first woman to play the Doctor after Peter Capaldi and made her first appearance in the Christmas special of the show in 2017. With Whittaker’s iteration of the show featuring a reduced number of episodes and a new Sunday night slot, the actor’s time in the Tardis indicated a shift in the way the show operates, with Whittaker’s iteration of the show featuring a reduced number of episodes and a new Sunday night slot. Described as one of the “highest-profile and high-pressure returns in its history,” the career of Whittaker’s Doctor Who was considered a success. With a virtual reality episode released in 2019 and a mini-DIY episode of the BBC series airing in March, shortly after national coronavirus lockdown steps went into effect, the show has also grown during its tenure. Whittaker spoke about the difficulty of playing the role, telling a crowd at Comic Con in 2018 that she “kind of represents all the women who have ever played this role,” while her male counterparts who were new to the show did not have the same focus. Speculation is mounting on who, when she leaves at the end of Season 13, will replace Whittaker. One of the most desirable and high-profile acting roles in the U.K. remains the role of the Doctor. Reportedly, Friday Night Dinner’s Tom Rosenthal, Death in Paradise’s Kris Marshall, Fleabag founder Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Homeland actor David Harewood are names in the running for the role.