Its the end, but the moment has been prepared for..... having been in charge of the TARDIS since 2017, Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker are set to step away from the TARDIS in 2022!
Having already confirmed the new six-part series due to air in the autumn of this year, the BBC confirmed that three specials are planned for 2022, with the final of these being a feature-length adventure for the Thirteenth Doctors final outing!
Since being appointed as showrunner - Chris Chibnall made the shows biggest ground-breaking decision in casting Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor Who,
Chibnall also introduced Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh as the shows main companions with John Bishop being added to that list later this year.
He also introduced Sacha Dhawan as the latest incarnation of The Master and in series twelve added Jo Martin as the mysterious Fugitive Doctor bring new layers and twists to the mythology of the show.
Chris Chibnall says: “Jodie and I made a ‘three series and out’ pact with each other at the start of this once-in-a-lifetime blast. So now our shift is done, and we’re handing back the TARDIS keys.
“Jodie’s magnificent, iconic Doctor has exceeded all our high expectations. She’s been the gold standard leading actor, shouldering the responsibility of being the first female Doctor with style, strength, warmth, generosity and humour. She captured the public imagination and continues to inspire adoration around the world, as well as from everyone on the production. I can’t imagine working with a more inspiring Doctor – so I’m not going to!
“For me, leading this exceptional team has been unrivalled creative fun, and one of the great joys of my career. I’m so proud of the people we’ve worked with and the stories we’ve told. To finish our time on the show with an additional Special, after the pandemic changed and challenged our production plans, is a lovely bonus. It’s great that the climax of the Thirteenth Doctor’s story will be at the heart(s) of the BBC’s centenary celebrations.
“I wish our successors – whoever the BBC and BBC Studios choose – as much fun as we’ve had. They’re in for a treat!”
Jodie Whittaker adds: “In 2017 I opened my glorious gift box of size 13 shoes. I could not have guessed the brilliant adventures, worlds and wonders I was to see in them. My heart is so full of love for this show, for the team who make it, for the fans who watch it and for what it has brought to my life. And I cannot thank Chris enough for entrusting me with his incredible stories.
“We knew that we wanted to ride this wave side by side, and pass on the baton together. So here we are, weeks away from wrapping on the best job I have ever had. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to express what this role has given me. I will carry the Doctor and the lessons I’ve learnt forever.
“I know change can be scary and none of us know what’s out there. That’s why we keep looking. Travel Hopefully. The Universe will surprise you. Constantly.”