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Jodie Whittaker stepping down from Doctor Who?

January 4th, 2021 by Marc Comments

Potentially big news from the world of Doctor Who today as it seems we could be coming up to a new regeneration for our favourite Time Lord.

Yes, word is that Jodie Whittaker, the thirteenth Doctor, is getting ready to hand over the TARDIS keys to a new face.

Now, there’s not much more known on this for now except that “It’s all very hush-hush but it is known on set that Jodie is leaving and they are gearing up for a regeneration. 

“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.” 

It is rumoured that she is leaving to pursue other roles, which is, of course, fair enough.

Fans will know that Whittaker has had a bumpy ride on the series that as completely out of her hands. The actress became the first female to step into the famous shoes and, while there was a certain corner of the fandom that had a problem with that because, well, she’s female, the big problem that saw viewing figures drop consistently over the last three years was simply awful writing.

Now that’s not to say there weren’t a few fun episodes because, while none come to mind, I’m sure there were, but the very divisive writing (I’m not getting into it here) did a lot of damage to the fandom and, for that reason, many will welcome this as good news.

On thing worth pointing out is that, should this be true (and I think it is), it’s not unusual for a Doctor to only stay three seasons, so it’s hardly indicative of the star being forced to leave.

On the rumoured departure, the BBC said they “won’t be commenting on any speculation around Jodie’s future on the show”.

That response is many things but a denial isn’t one of them.

Sadly, the truly upsetting news is that showrunner Chris Chibnall is set to remain after her departure.

With the recent news that Liverpool comedian John Bishop is joining the cast next season as Dan (here), I’m wondering if perhaps there is more to the casting than we’re being told… or maybe not.

What do you all think? I Whittaker standing down? Let me know your thoughts, guys..

Source: Digital Spy and Mirror

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….