Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker is reportedly preparing to step out of the TARDIS for good at the end of the forthcoming series of the iconic BBC show.
According to a report from The Mirror, Whittaker has allegedly shared her intentions to step down from the lead role on the show after three years, with one anonymous source claiming that the team is now “gearing up for a regeneration,” which will need to be filmed “at some point over the coming months” in order to set the stage for the 14th Doctor.
The BBC has refused to comment on the rumours regarding Whittaker, who became the 13th actor and first-ever female to portray the Time Lord after she signed up to take on the beloved role in 2017. In response to the report, a BBC spokesperson told Variety that they would not be commenting on “any speculation around Jodie’s future on the show.”
Whittaker’s co-stars Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole made their final appearances in the long-running series during the New Year’s Day special, Revolution of the Daleks, which also saw the return of John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness, who was first introduced as a recurring guest character in Season 1 of the Doctor Who revival before fronting the show’s spin-off series Torchwood.
In our review of the episode, we praised Walsh and Cole’s final scene for offering “a somewhat satisfying symmetry,” though we also recognised that it included “a note that some might consider overly manipulative in the way that a Hallmark Christmas movie would avoid for seeming too over-the-top,” which partly contributed to “a disappointing return for Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and her Fam.”
If you would like to get acquainted with all of the Doctors, both past and present, read Whittaker’s essay about her time as the Time Lord, check out our beginner’s guide to Doctor Who, then take a look through our extensive guide to all of the Doctors. After you’ve learned everything that you need to know, watch IGN’s historic Q&A with Jodie Whittaker, Matt Smith, and David Tennant.
Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.