Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker exits as the Time Lord after three series

Doctor Who tease 2021 introduction for John Bishop

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Jodie Whittaker has confirmed plans to depart her role as the Doctor at the end of her third outing after three years in the TARDIS. Ms Whittaker was the first female lead in Doctor Who’s 57-year history. Doctor Who bosses have now begun the search for a new star to take on the Time Lord for the BBC show’s 14th season.

The Doctor is set to regenerate once again at the end of the BBC show revival’s 13th series.

As the show’s first female Doctor, Whittaker will return to screens for one more series in Autumn 2021 before making her departure.

Sources have told the Mirror the 38-year-old star will be sticking to the show’s traditional route of leaving after three series to let another actor take on the coveted role.

It has also been confirmed current showrunner Chris Chibnall will remain at the helm following Whittaker’s resignation from the series.

An insider source said: “It’s all very hush-hush but it is known on set that Jodie is leaving and they are gearing up for a regeneration.

“Her departure is top secret but at some point over the coming months the arrival of the 14th Doctor will need to be filmed. It’s very exciting.”

Whittaker’s exit follows on the heels of companions Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole leaving the TARDIS at the end of 2021’s New Year’s special, The Revolution of the Daleks.

Current companion Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) is set to stay on, while the news follows new co-star John Bishop joining the cast for series 13.

It is currently unknown whether the Doctor will remain a woman for the Time Lord’s 14th incarnation, though bookies are currently offering odds on Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joanna Page and Charlotte Ritchie. 

Doctor Who: The Revolution of the Daleks is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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