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Deadline is reporting that the BBC is not commenting if Jodie Whittaker is set to quit as the 13th Doctor in the British broadcaster’s iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who.

Nicola Methven of the Daily Mirror wrote that Whittaker’s departure is being kept under wraps while filming on Season 13 continues.  A source informed the Daily Mirror saying:

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“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.”

Among Whittaker leaving, her co-stars Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole will also leave the show to make way for a new team. Mandip Gill will remain, while British comedian John Bishop is joining the cast. Showrunner Chris Chibnall will also remain with the BBC Studios-produced series, the Mirror added.

A spokesperson for the BBC said:

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“We won’t be commenting on any speculation around Jodie’s future on the show.”

 

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Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole have already left. John Bishop is joining the show because the BBC is afraid to have two women alone together on the TARDIS, so they need a male chaperone to keep them from lezzing out or something.
I'd prefer to see Chris Chibnall leave and Jodie stick around. She's a great actress and honestly a great Doctor, too, but most of the writing and the general creative direction of her run has been crap. Peter Capaldi had the same problem. I hope this is just a rumor, and the BBC's response could also signal some contract thing, but if it is true, I hope that it isn't because Chibnall's finally out (I really want him out) and that Jodie's decided to follow him due to some kind of misplaced loyalty, because she really deserves better.

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22 minutes ago, Satam said:

Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole have already left. John Bishop is joining the show because the BBC is afraid to have two women alone together on the TARDIS, so they need a male chaperone to keep them from lezzing out or something.
I'd prefer to see Chris Chibnall leave and Jodie stick around. She's a great actress and honestly a great Doctor, too, but most of the writing and the general creative direction of her run has been crap. Peter Capaldi had the same problem. I hope this is just a rumor, and the BBC's response could also signal some contract thing, but if it is true, I hope that it isn't because Chibnall's finally out (I really want him out) and that Jodie's decided to follow him due to some kind of misplaced loyalty, because she really deserves better.

You know if Whittaker is leaving that the BBC is not going to say anything because announcing it now would ruin the whole season ending.  Everyone would only be watching to see who the new Doctor will be...

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Honestly I loved this show since the reboot with Eccelston.. it kind of started to go down with Capaldi and with Jodie its been ok but this last season was not as fun or interesting as previous seasons. Eccelstons run is what got me into the show (always hated the old doctor who when i was younger). I really enjoyed the update and stories were interesting. Tennant is who got me super hooked on the show, he was by far my favorite. 

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3 hours ago, Outsiders said:

You know if Whittaker is leaving that the BBC is not going to say anything because announcing it now would ruin the whole season ending.  Everyone would only be watching to see who the new Doctor will be...

You do know that they announced almost immediately after he started that Eccleston was leaving. Both Tenant and Capaldi announced their departures months ahead of their final seasons, and the BBC announced Smith's departure about five months ahead of the 50th anniversary special.
If they're in the middle of contract negotiations with Whittaker, they're also not going to say anything, because she could be leaving or staying, depending on how things go.

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I saw somewhere that Eccleston was talking about returning since he was still a big fan favorite. I never could get into the old DR WHO, but like Evil Hayato started watching the series with the re boot with Eccleston. Perhaps it was more interesting with better special effects that were not around when the show first started.

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10 hours ago, silverback77346 said:

I saw somewhere that Eccleston was talking about returning since he was still a big fan favorite. I never could get into the old DR WHO, but like Evil Hayato started watching the series with the re boot with Eccleston. Perhaps it was more interesting with better special effects that were not around when the show first started.

I always saw the show on the tv when i was younger and it was boring to watch as a kid. It was cheap and it was on public access. Ecclestons run was the first time i saw new and interesting effects and interesting stories that drew me in. He was good but far from the best. I never knew much of anything of doctor who except it was boring until watching that run. I would love if Tennant came back but how could they do that due to the regeneration. I feel like if Eccelston wants to come back, its because hes got nothing better to do. I always heard he acted like he was too big for his britches when he left and thought he was too good for doctor who anymore. 

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It's not Whittaker's fault for the downturn of the show. Much like Ruby Rose, she was just unfortunate enough to get mixed up in a show that chose woke politics over good writing and producing. I guess it's too complicated a concept to just cast a female in a good role and leave all the preaching and editorializing for one to seek out on their own, if they so choose. But in all honesty, these "showrunners" know what they're being hired to do, so it's kinda not their fault either. It's kinda like expecting a slug not to be a slug. It's a sad thing that she might be leaving because of it, but maybe she just saw the writing on the wall and decided it was better for her career to just bow out instead of following it down the drain.

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3 hours ago, EvilHayato said:
13 hours ago, silverback77346 said:

I saw somewhere that Eccleston was talking about returning since he was still a big fan favorite. I never could get into the old DR WHO, but like Evil Hayato started watching the series with the re boot with Eccleston. Perhaps it was more interesting with better special effects that were not around when the show first started.

I always saw the show on the tv when i was younger and it was boring to watch as a kid. It was cheap and it was on public access. Ecclestons run was the first time i saw new and interesting effects and interesting stories that drew me in. He was good but far from the best. I never knew much of anything of doctor who except it was boring until watching that run. I would love if Tennant came back but how could they do that due to the regeneration. I feel like if Eccelston wants to come back, its because hes got nothing better to do. I always heard he acted like he was too big for his britches when he left and thought he was too good for doctor who anymore. 

From his side, Eccleston has said that he had creative tension with Russel T. Davies and then more tension with him, another producer, and someone at the BBC over his problems with a director who came on and treated members of the show's crew like dirt. So he quit. He then got dragged in the UK's "gutter press," making up false crap about why he left and his attitude toward the show for years, and because of that (and depression), he wasn't sure fans actually even liked him. I wouldn't call it "too big for his britches," but he didn't want anything to do with the show while certain people were still around. Can't blame him.  Anyway, he's slowly learned that fans actually do like him, and so he's started doing cons recently. He's also returning to the character for Big Finish audio plays. And because folks in charge that he didn't want to deal with are long gone, he's said he's open to returning to the show for a 60th anniversary special. He's also friends with Jodie Whittaker, so I hope his return doesn't hinge on her still being there, just in case.
BTW, I met him at New York Comic Con in 2019. He not only signed autographs, but also shook hands with every single person who waited in line to meet him, easily over a thousand people.

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52 minutes ago, Outsiders said:

The only time I could get into Doctor Who was during the Tom Baker era... Other than that, nope...

With all due respect to Jodie Whittaker, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and every other actor to play the character, no one has ever been as good at Tom Baker. Several other actors have been great. He was perfect.

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10 hours ago, Satam said:

From his side, Eccleston has said that he had creative tension with Russel T. Davies and then more tension with him, another producer, and someone at the BBC over his problems with a director who came on and treated members of the show's crew like dirt. So he quit. He then got dragged in the UK's "gutter press," making up false crap about why he left and his attitude toward the show for years, and because of that (and depression), he wasn't sure fans actually even liked him. I wouldn't call it "too big for his britches," but he didn't want anything to do with the show while certain people were still around. Can't blame him.  Anyway, he's slowly learned that fans actually do like him, and so he's started doing cons recently. He's also returning to the character for Big Finish audio plays. And because folks in charge that he didn't want to deal with are long gone, he's said he's open to returning to the show for a 60th anniversary special. He's also friends with Jodie Whittaker, so I hope his return doesn't hinge on her still being there, just in case.
BTW, I met him at New York Comic Con in 2019. He not only signed autographs, but also shook hands with every single person who waited in line to meet him, easily over a thousand people.

Its good to know that what I heard about him was wrong. I definitely enjoyed him as the doctor. Like I said, his doctor is what got me in to the series overall. I dont mind Jodie as the doctor either, it just seemed like the stories werent as fun or interesting as previous seasons. 

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38 minutes ago, EvilHayato said:

I dont mind Jodie as the doctor either, it just seemed like the stories werent as fun or interesting as previous seasons. 

Yeah, she can actually really shine, but she's been given mostly crap to work with. That's why I hope that Chibnall's actually the one leaving, and she's sticking around.  We should find out pretty soon if those rumors are true or not, considering the only modern Doctor whose departure wasn't announced months ahead of time was Eccleston.

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14 hours ago, Satam said:

With all due respect to Jodie Whittaker, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and every other actor to play the character, no one has ever been as good at Tom Baker. Several other actors have been great. He was perfect.

I have to agree. I also was first introduced to Dr. Who by watching Tom Baker and I still think he was the best at portraying the character. Now IMO Jodie Whitaker reminds me a bit of the manic way that Tom Baker portrayed the Doctor. Not saying she's as good at it, just saying her portrayal reminds me more of him than anybody else except perhaps Tennant at his best. 

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