Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker breaks silence on Time Lord replacement ‘I will cry’

Doctor Who: BBC release teaser for series 13

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Doctor Who series 13, which begins airing at the end of October, will see Jodie Whittaker take her place for the last time as The Doctor. Jodie announced her departure from the role in July, and since then, avid fans have been speculating on who will be replacing her in the iconic role. However, while speaking to Graham Norton, she revealed that BBC bosses haven’t told her anything.


Speaking to the host on The Graham Norton Show on Friday, the actress admitted that bosses weren’t ever going to tell her who would be filling her shoes.

She explained: “They are never going to tell me who it is, we filmed some scenes, but the new Doctor wasn’t there.

“I wasn’t there for Peter (Capaldi), and I only met him months later when I passed him in the street!”

Jodie also detailed her final moments on set, as she told how they recently wrapped up filming, and began to express how emotional it was.

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“We finished filming yesterday, please don’t go on about it because I will cry, I’m not allowed to tell you anything.

“But what I can say is the first episode is out on Halloween, and it is a six-episode story arc – it’s like a six-hour film, and it is amazing.”

The much-anticipated series will be Jodie’s last, as she confirmed in July she was leaving the BBC Sci-Fi programme after four years.

The BBC has announced there will be three associated holiday specials featuring Whittaker’s Doctor following the end of the season run before (presumably) the 14th Doctor makes their grand appearance.

Since her announcement that she would be leaving the show, fans have been speculating and guessing as to who they think will take on the role after Jodie. 

Michael Sheen is the most popular choice to replace Jodie, getting more than 20 per cent of the votes in a survey of 10,000 people. 

Olly Alexander, the Years & Years singer and star of It’s A Sin, was touted as the next Doctor earlier in the year, but only scored four per cent of the votes.’s editorial director Tim Glanfield said: “Doctor Who’s lead role is one of the most iconic and coveted in British television, and therefore any vacancy creates a huge amount of speculation amongst fans and across the TV industry. 

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“Clearly Michael Sheen is a popular choice, and no one can fault his brilliant acting prowess – but with a long history of secrecy and surprises at Doctor Who HQ when it comes to casting, we might have a bit of a wait until we find out who will be flying the Tardis next.”

Former Doctor David Tennant has recently spoken out about the speculation and rumours surrounding Jodie’s replacement, having once done it himself.

Speaking to Digital Spy, he explained: “It all depends, the moment you say yes to Doctor Who, even before you’ve done an episode, you’re being asked whether you’d go back after you finish. 

“I don’t know if this happens to James Bonds, I don’t know if Pierce Brosnan gets asked if he’d go back to James Bond. 

“Because there’s that element of fantasy, anything is ultimately possible, you should never say never to anything, I think that way madness lies.” 

David was the tenth incarnation of the Doctor, playing the role for three series and nine specials.

The BBC has not yet revealed who will play the next incarnation of Doctor Who, but fans will be keeping a keen eye out for an announcement. 

Doctor Who: Flux’s first episode airs October 31st on BBC One.  
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