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Word on the timestream is that Doctor Who may be loosing Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chibnall

November 20th, 2018 by Marc Comments


While our man Todd’s reviews have been very generous to the latest series of Doctor Who, some of here at FTN HQ have other feelings.

No, we don’t hate a woman in the role of The Doctor, we actually quite like Jodie Whittaker in the role (although we feel that she needs to have more presence in the series… when the Doctor walks into the room, you know he/she is there!) and we are, for the most part, enjoying the new companions.

However, we’re finding showrunner Chris Chibnall’s writing to be pretty, well, awful. Chibnall is making the Doctor’s adventures the one thing that is unforgivable for the character… boring.

You know it’s true. The pacing is all over the place and, frankly, isn’t doing justice to the talent involved in the show.

But it seems that perhaps it won’t be an issue much longer as we’re hearing he may be set to leave the show.

Yes, already.

Remember last week we reported we weren’t getting a Christmas episode, or a series next year (here)? Well, it looks like this is part of the rumour’s background.

 “The BBC was happy to go on the record about the programme’s short-term future.” says a source near the show.

“There had been a lot of chatter about Jodie Whittaker’s second run in Series 12 being planned for a broadcast in the spring of 2020, rather than in the autumn of 2019 as everyone had originally assumed. This is not true.”

Now, we heard that the show will not return next year, however it seems the BBC has been insisting the show DOES return in 2019, much to Chibnall’s annoyance.

“We were told that Series 12 went into production this week, and that it will definitely be broadcast next year, as part of the autumn 2019 TV schedule,” continues the ‘insider’.

They continue: “Chris Chibnall hasn’t been happy behind the scenes, and is set to quit after Series 12.”


Reports are also stating that when/if Chibnall quits then we’l need a new Doctor too as Whittaker, having worked with Chibnall before, will be leaving with him: “a series-a-year will be too much for the young mum so is likely to hand over the keys to the TARDIS, as is tradition, next Christmas,” they report.

Outpost Skaro, one of the night Doctor Who sites around, speculates that the 2019 series will have five or six episodes as Chibnall finds a “full series-a-year is unsustainable”.

Should this all pan out, it is expected that Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole are “unlikely to continue” as the Doctor’s companions.

It also, according to the source, seems that if a new showrunner isn’t appointed, then Chibnall may be forced to make a full ten or twelve episodes next year which will plot over 2019/2020.

Honestly, at this stage we’re prepared to believe anything with Doctor Who, but that said, we’re not drawing a line under this yet.

What say you all?

Source: Doctor Who TV

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….