Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker and Showrunner Chris Chibnall to leave in 2022

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The rumors have been going around for a while but apparently, it has been confirmed, Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker and Showrunner Chris Chibnall will be leaving the show in 2022.

Jodie Whittaker was the first woman to play the Time Lord in the long-running series Doctor Who, but now it will be coming to an end in Autumn 2022, but fear not, she will be starring in a new six-part series (premiering later this year,) and three specials before bowing out.

Joining her for her final season will be Mandip Gill as Yaz, and comedian John Bishop, who will play a new character named Dan. Chibnall is currently writing and producing the final season, the first of the three specials will be premiering on New Year’s Day 2022 while the second special will premiere in Spring 2022. Meanwhile, the final special will premiere in Autumn 2022 where the Doctor will regenerate, leading us into the 60th Anniversary in 2023. Both Whittaker and Chibnall issued statements on this event:


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.

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.

Jodie Whittaker’s Statement

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!

Chris Chibnall’s Statement

Source: Polygon, BBC

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