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Jodie Whittaker Has Filmed Her Final Doctor Who Scenes – Including Her Regeneration

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BY January 13, 2022

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

15th anniversary of modern era doctor who Jodie Whittaker Image via BBC

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.'”

Although the regeneration scene has been filmed, we still don’t know who Whittaker will be turning into. Although this all but confirms the regeneration scene for Whittaker will occur during the Doctor Who 60th anniversary special. No actor has yet been cast as the new Doctor. That casting will likely be up to Russell T. Davies – the former Doctor Who showrunner who will make his return to the TARDIS and regain control of the series in 2023. Also, worth noting, is that Whittaker could film her half of the scene and Davies could pick up shooting when a new Doctor is cast.

What Can We Expect from the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary?

15th anniversary of modern era doctor who Matt Smith David Tennant Day of the Doctor Image via BBC

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?

Doctor Who Jodie Whittaker Regeneration Image via BBC

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.

It is likely that the 60th anniversary special will delve into this lore. And potentially bring back a few familiar faces in the process. After all, Jodie Whittaker has worked with David Tennant before in the BBC series Broadchurch. It would be amazing to see them team up together on-screen as their respective Doctors before Whittaker vacates the role.
Whittaker went on to say that her regeneration scene was “a wonderfully-celebratory-slash-grief-ridden day that I could spend with the family that I’d made. I suppose the best thing about it is that the episodes are still on. So, until they’re off, I don’t have to really get my head around the fact that it’s not my part!”

Jodie Whittaker Is Not Done with Doctor Who Yet

Doctor Who Once Upon A Time Photo by James Pardon via BBC America

The Doctor Who actress also consoles herself with the knowledge that no one ever really stops being the Doctor. Because of the time-travelling nature of the show, many actors have revisited their Doctor Who roles over the years. Day of the Doctor is just one example of a former star returning to play the Doctor again. And of course, there is also the expanded multimedia universe of Doctor Who where the adventures of former Doctors continue.
For example, Paul McGann’s 8th Doctor has a whole series of audio adventures, books, and comics set in the Time Lord Victorious spin-off. Even River Song gets her chance to shine in the media spin-offs. And we know that Russell T. Davies is interested in creating a ‘shared universe‘ for Doctor Who. So maybe Whittaker will have opportunities to return to the TARDIS in the future.
As Jodie Whittaker says: “Once you’re in Doctor Who you never want to leave. I suppose it gave me a bit of hope — like, ‘Oh, when you do leave, it doesn’t necessarily mean you leave forever.'”

Russell T Davies Return Doctor Who Russell T Davies | Image via the BBC

We will miss Jodie Whittaker in the TARDIS once she departs Doctor Who, but we look forward to her regeneration. It’s always exciting (and anxious) time for Whovians when the announce a new Doctor. So, we’ll be keeping an eye out to see who Russell T. Davies chooses to play the next incarnation of the Doctor when we reach the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who and discover a new regeneration for Whittaker to become.

Of course, we will keep you updated on the latest Doctor Who news as we learn more. Stay tuned to Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today for all of the latest genre news and reviews.

(Featured image via the BBC)

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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