Jodie Whittaker, the first female Doctor Who is here to stay, at least through one more season of the time-traveling BBC show. Whittaker will continue her run as the Doctor, presumably alongside showrunner Chris Chibnall.
Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor | Image via BBC
In an interview with EW, Whittaker confirmed the news. “Yes, I’m doing another season,” she confirmed. “That might be a massive exclusive that I’m not supposed to say, but it’s unhelpful for me to say because it would be a massive lie! I absolutely adore it. At some point, these shoes are going to be handed on, but it’s not yet. I’m clinging on tight!”
The news isn’t entirely surprising, since this is only Whittaker’s second season in the role. With the exception of Christopher Eccleston, all of the actors who have played the role of the Doctor since the reboot in 2005 have stayed on for three seasons. If Jodie Whittaker remains in the Doctor Who role beyond another season, then she will become the longest reigning actor in the role of the Doctor.
The question of whether or not all of Whittaker’s companions will stay onboard is an entirely different matter. Speculation is currently circulating around actor Tosin Cole’s new role in a gritty new AMC drama. What this means for his role as one of the Doctor’s companions is unclear. However, even if Ryan decides to leave the Tardis there will still be two other companions to rely on in Yaz and Graham.
Despite some criticism around the first season of his tenure as Doctor Who showrunner, it appears that Chris Chibnall will also stick around through another season. Hopefully this will give him enough time to answer some of the big mysteries he has set up. Like, who or what is the Timeless Child? What is the lie at the heart of the Doctor’s origins? Whatever the answers, Chibnall and Whittaker have already changed the future of the Doctor Who franchise.
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