The BBC has declined to comment on a report that Jodie Whittaker is set to hang up her sonic screwdriver and step down as the 13th Doctor of the British channel’s iconic sci-fi series. Doctor Who.
Nicola Methven, well-connected, wrote in the Daily Mirror that Whittaker’s departure was being kept under wraps while filming for Season 13 continued. If she leaves the TARDIS, it will be in line with her predecessors who also completed three seasons before moving on to other projects.
The mirror cited a Doctor Who source as saying: “Everything is very quiet but we know on set that Jodie is leaving and they are preparing for a regeneration.” His departure is top secret, but at some point over the next few months the arrival of the 14th Doctor will need to be filmed.
The report adds that Whittaker’s co-stars, including Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole, will also be leaving the show to make way for a new alien fighting team. Showrunner Chris Chibnall will be staying with the series produced by BBC Studios, the Mirror added.
The BBC kept shtum Monday morning. A spokesperson said: “We will not comment on any speculation about Jodie’s future on the show.”
Whittaker made history when she became the first female doctor in 2017. She followed in Peter Capaldi’s footsteps, while other previous doctors include David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Christopher Eccleston.