Jodie Whittaker Has Filmed Her Final Doctor Who Scenes – Including Her Regeneration
The era of the first female Doctor Who is coming to a close, as actress Jodie Whittaker has reportedly already filmed her final scenes for the series. This includes that all important regeneration scene for Whittaker – that is vital for the passing of the torch to a new Doctor Who. Whittaker’s final season as the Doctor wrapped up with the serialized Doctor Who: Flux, but she still has a few special episodes left to air. This includes the upcoming 60th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, when Russell T. Davies will take over showrunning duties from Chris Chibnall and we will almost certainly see a regeneration for Jodie Whittaker in that episode.
Jodie Whittaker Has Filmed Her Doctor Who Regeneration
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One of Whittaker’s final episodes includes the recent New Year’s Day special The Eve of the Daleks. That episode saw the Doctor (and her companions) dying repeatedly in a time loop. The Daleks exterminated them over and over again, but this incarnation of the Doctor survived that.
However, in a behind-the-scenes interview with Jodie Whittaker, the actress admitted surprise when she first saw the script for The Eve of the Daleks. She thought that she was being killed off earlier than expected. But the timey-wimey nature of the series means that she survived that episode. However, the Doctor knows her time is running out.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Whittaker actually filmed her final scenes as the Doctor back in October of 2021.
“‘I’ve shot my version of regen, and it was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I’ve ever had,’ says Whittaker. ‘It’s a really bizarre feeling, because it’s the best time I’ve ever had on a job, and I made the decision to leave it. So, it’s a really strange thing to do to yourself. It feels like you’re giving yourself stitches — like, ‘Why have you done it?’ But… it felt right.'”
What Can We Expect from the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary?
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Whittaker still will appear in new episodes, including a 60th anniversary episode set to air in 2023. This is when Davies will resume showrunner duties. And it is all but confirmed that this is when Whittaker will regenerate into a new form. Little information has been released about that special, since it is still over a year away.
However, we can likely expect a big showstopper similar to the 50th anniversary episode The Day of the Doctor. That episode saw a number of former Doctor Who actors returning to the series including Tom Baker, Paul McGann, David Tennant, and Billie Piper.We also saw our first glimpse of the newest Doctor at that time – when Peter Capaldi stepped in as the successor to Matt Smith.
Will We Ever Learn the Truth of The Timeless Child?
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Much of Whittaker’s era of Doctor Who has been concerned with the history of the Time Lord/Lady. Showrunner Chris Chibnall has made some significant (and controversial) changes to the Doctor Who canon during his reign. He retconned the Doctor’s history by introducing the concept of the Timeless Child – along with countless other forgotten incarnations. These final episodes of Chibnall’s run should (hopefully) explain the origins of the Doctor and untangle the mysteries this era introduced.
Jodie Whittaker Is Not Done with Doctor Who Yet
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