Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker, the show’s first female lead, will leave TV drama next year | Ents & Arts News

Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker will leave the long-running TV show next year, the BBC has said.

The 39-year-old British actress became the first woman to take on the title role in 2017, taking over from Peter Capaldi.

She will appear in the show’s next series later this year, before making her exit in a trio of specials in 2022.

The first special will air on New Years’ Day 2022, another will go out in the Spring, and then the regeneration episode will hit screens in Autumn, as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall will also depart the programme.

Whittaker said it is the best job she has ever had, adding: “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.

“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.

“I know change can be scary and none of us know what’s out there.

“That’s why we keep looking. Travel hopefully. The universe will surprise you. Constantly.”

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