It’s official! The BBC has confirmed what many Whovians already suspected – Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall will be exiting the series at the end of 2022. 

Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker will hand the TARDIS keys to a new actor following a pair of specials and a feature-length finale coinciding with the BBC’s centenary celebrations in 2022. The recently announced thirteenth season will be a six-part event serial that will air in the UK autumn this year.

“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,” said Chris Chibnall in a statement. 

L-R: Mandip Gill as Yaz, Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and John Bishop as new companion Dan.

“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.”

Whittaker, who made history in 2017 as the first female regeneration of the Doctor, added: “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.”

With Doctor Who set to celebrate its 60th anniversary in 2023, this is the perfect time for a series’ refresh and a new Doctor. The only question now is, who’s next?

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