Jodie Whittaker to leave sci-fi series ‘Dr Who’ in 2022

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FILE PHOTO: Jodie Whittaker “The Doctor” from the cast of the BBC show “Doctor Who” attends the pop culture convention Comic Con in San Diego, California, U.S. July 19, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Blake

July 29, 2021

LONDON (Reuters) – Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to take on the lead role in sci-fi series “Doctor Who”, will be leaving the television show next year, Britain’s BBC said on Thursday.

The British actress has portrayed The Doctor – a shape-shifting alien Time Lord played by men since the show first appeared on British television screens in 1963 – since 2017.

The 39-year-old, who described the role as “the best job I have ever had”, will feature in a six-part Event Serial this autumn as well as in three specials planned for next year.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall will also leave the production in 2022.

“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,” Whittaker said in a statement.

“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 … 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.”

Whittaker played the show’s 13th Doctor, a casting which when first announced sparked online debates. Last year, she was voted the show’s second most popular Doctor in a poll for listings magazine Radio Times. Actor David Tennant came first.

Who will take over the role from Whittaker has yet to be announced.

(Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Alexandra Hudson)





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