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Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker Announces Exit From BBC Show

Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker Announces Exit From BBC Show

Jodie Whittaker became the first female Doctor in 2017.

Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker is leaving the role next year after a feature length episode to commemorate the BBC's centenary celebrations, the channel confirmed.

Jodie joined the popular sci-fi drama in 2017 as the very first female Doctor. Her first episode aired in October 2018 and was watched by a whopping 11.5m viewers.

Jodie Whittaker has quit her role as the Time Lord (

Showrunner Chris Chibnall also announced his departure on Thursday.

The feature length farewell episode will air in Autumn 2022, the BBC confirmed. Fans of Jodie’s Time Lord still have lots to look forward to including the six-part thirteenth series due later this year and three specials in addition to the feature length episode

In a statement, Jodie said her “heart is so full of love for this show” as she paid tribute to the Doctor Who team.

Jodie said: "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.

Jodie is the first female Doctor Who (

She 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.

Jodie joined the sci-fi drama in 2017 (

"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."

A replacement for Jodie has not yet been announced.

Good luck Jodie!

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Topics: TV And Film