Jodie Whittaker may be set to quit her role in Doctor Who as the show’s first female Time Lord, later this year. According to a report in The Mirror, Whittaker intends to stand down after her third season, repeating a trend set by previous incarnations Matt Smith (2010-2014) and Peter Capaldi (2014-2017) who departed the show after three seasons each.
While David Tennant stuck around for a series of specials throughout 2009, he too completed three full seasons as the Tenth Doctor.
“It’s all very hush-hush,” one insider source said, adding. “But it is known on set that Jodie is leaving and they are gearing up for a regeneration.”
On Whittaker’s proposed departure, the source described it as: “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.” They further said that Chris Chibnall is set to stay on as showrunner, while Whittaker plans to try out new roles.
The BBC has declined to respond after the Radio Times reached out for a comment. Jodie Whittaker became the first female Doctor in the 57 year history of the show, succeeding Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor in the 2017 Christmas Special, “Twice Upon a Time”.
The former Broadchurch actress made her first full debut almost a year later in “The Woman Who Fell To Earth”. Most recently, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole bowed out from their respective roles as Graham and Ryan in the New Year’s Day Special, “Revolution of the Daleks”.
While Mandip Gill’s Yaz will stay aboard the TARDIS, she and Whittaker will be joined by Dan, played by comedian John Bishop. Filming for Season 13 has already started and is set to wrap in the summer, before airing sometime in the autumn.
Check out BBC’s small teaser for John Bishop’s introduction as “Dan” below.