Jodie Whittaker quits Doctor Who with showrunner

THE Thirteenth Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, has confirmed she will be moving on from the most famous police box on Earth – and the universe. 

With a six-part Event Serial announced for the autumn, and two specials already planned for 2022, BBC One has now asked for an additional final feature-length adventure for the thirteenth Doctor. 

After taking the helm of the show, Chris Chibnall made the ground-breaking decision to cast Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor.  

As the Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker stepped aboard the TARDIS to begin filming in 2017.  

As the first woman to play the iconic role, Jodie has thrilled audiences with her portrayal of the Time Lord, winning the hearts of Doctor Who fans across the globe.  

Jodie’s multi-layered, warm, funny and inspiring depiction of the Doctor not only created a first in Doctor Who history, but in 2020, Jodie was voted Second Most Popular Doctor of all time, coming within a whisker of her friend David Tennant, in a poll of more than 50,000 fans for Radio Times. 

Chris Chibnall said: “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. 

“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 said: “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.” 

Jodie’s final adventure to mark the BBC’s Centenary in 2022 is set to be a “Doctor Who Special to remember”.  

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