Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker ‘quits role’ after three years after becoming first ever female Time Lord

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Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker is reportedly quitting her lead role as the Time Lord, after becoming the first female to undertake the role.

The 38 year old actress is rumoured to have been intending to stick to the tradition of leaving after three stints in the TARDIS, like the majority of those who have played the role.

An insider has told The Mirror: “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. It’s very exciting.”

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A spokesperson for the BBC declined to comment when approached by OK! online while a representative for Jodie is yet to respond.

Meanwhile, insiders have claimed that Jodie is keen to take on other roles but she will follow co-stars Bradley Walsh and Rosin Cole, who are also reported to be set to leave the show later this year.

But, Chris Chibnall will continue to appear on the popular BBC sci-fi show.

The latest series of Doctor Who is due to finish filming this summer, with scenes set to air in the autumn.

Bosses have already announced the series has been cut to eight episodes following the coronavirus restrictions, which has slowed down production of the show.

If Jodie does leave after three runs, she will follow into the footsteps of William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Peter Davison, Sylvester McCoy, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, who all left after three series of portraying the Doctor.

As the rumours continued to swirl, Doctor Who fans reacted to the reports.

One wrote: “i REFUSE to believe that Jodie Whittaker is leaving.”

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Another added: “i guess it’s my last year watching doctor who then? unless the 14th doctor is miraculously amazing, which i doubt because jodie whittaker is the best human. ever.”

Meanwhile, a number of actors have been thrown in the hat to replace Jodie including Love Actually star Kris Marshall, who is the bookies favourite, Michael Sheen, who starred alongside former Doctor Who star David Tenant in Staged, and Gavin and Stacey actress Joanna Page.

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