Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall announce exit

Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker has announced her exit from the show.

The star, who has played the Thirteenth Doctor since 2017, will make her final appearance in autumn 2022. Chris Chibnall is also stepping down as showrunner at the same time.

The BBC previously shared that season 13 – Jodie and Chris’ last one – would be eight episodes long. It has now elaborated further on the schedule: the first six episodes will air in the autumn as a serial, followed by two specials in 2022 (one on New Year’s Day, one in the spring).

On top of that, there will be a third and final previously-unannounced 2022 special. This feature-length adventure will mark the end of the Thirteenth Doctor’s journey and form part of the BBC’s Centenary celebrations.

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“In 2017, I opened my glorious gift box of size 13 shoes,” Jodie said. “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.
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“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.”
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Chris added: “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!

“For me, leading this exceptional team has been unrivalled creative fun and one of the great joys of my career. I’m so proud of the people we’ve worked with and the stories we’ve told. To finish our time on the show with an additional special after the pandemic changed and challenged our production plans is a lovely bonus.”

Doctor Who airs on BBC One in the UK. In the US, the show airs on BBC America, with series 1-12 available on HBO Max. Series 13 is due to premiere later this year.

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