We are sad to report the news that those rumors from last year regarding current sonic screwdriver holder Jodie Whittaker is indeed exiting “Doctor Who.” Not only her, either- showrunner Chris Chibnall will also make his departure.
The news was announced by the BBC this morning, along with a tease of an “epic blockbuster special” set to air in the Fall of 2022.
Of her exit, 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.”
Chibnall confirmed a ‘three series [season] and out’ pact he shared with Whittaker, saying:
“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. Jodie’s magnificent, iconic Doctor has exceeded all our high expectations. She’s been the gold standard leading actor, shouldering the responsibility of being the first female Doctor with style, strength, warmth, generosity and humour. She captured the public imagination and continues to inspire adoration around the world, as well as from everyone on the production. I can’t imagine working with a more inspiring Doctor – so I’m not going to!”
So, with a heavy heart, we once again say goodbye to our Doctor.