Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall to leave Doctor Who in 2022
Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall have confirmed that they are leaving Doctor Who.
Whittaker took over the role from Peter Capaldi in 2017 and became the first woman to take the role. She has thus far filmed two series in the role and a total of 22 episodes.
Broadchurch creator Chibnall took the show's reins from long-time showrunner Steven Moffat in 2016 after previously working on spin-off series Torchwood.
The pair will return for a six-part event serial in this autumn and will film three specials for 2022, before both move on from the series.
BREAKING: Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall to leave Doctor Who in a trio of Specials, culminating in an epic blockbuster Special to air in autumn 2022 as part of the BBC’s Centenary celebrations.— Doctor Who (@bbcdoctorwho) July 29, 2021
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On her departure, Whittaker said: "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."
She continued: "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 knows what’s out there. That’s why we keep looking. Travel Hopefully. The Universe will surprise you. Constantly."
Chibnall added: "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!"
He continued: “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. It’s great that the climax of the Thirteenth Doctor’s story will be at the heart(s) of the BBC’s centenary celebrations. I wish our successors - whoever the BBC and BBC Studios choose - as much fun as we’ve had. They’re in for a treat!”