The first female Doctor Who, Jodie Whittaker, has quit the popular British science fiction drama.
The actress, 38, is said to have told bosses of the BBC sci-fi drama series that she won’t return after the forthcoming new season, and that they’ll need to start thinking about recasting the role of the Time Lord. Whittaker spent 3 years as the first female Doctor Who.
‘Her departure is top secret but at some point over the coming months the arrival of the 14th Doctor will need to be filmed. It’s very exciting.’
In January 2020, Whittaker told Entertainment Weekly: ‘I absolutely adore [the role]. At some point, these shoes are going to be handed on, but it’s not yet. I’m clinging on tight!’
It’s not the first time the role has passed onto other actors. The time lord often “regenerates” every other 3 or 4 seasons. This has helped the series not only stay fresh and relevant.