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Heavily rumoured for some time now, the news that Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall will be leaving Doctor Who next year has finally been confirmed by the BBC. It’s official that Series 13 will be Whittaker’s last, and will consist of just six episodes. (Speaking on the Doctor Who panel at [email protected] last weekend, Chibnall announced that the new series will be structured as a multi-part story, with recurring characters instead of one-of guest spots.) It will welcome back Mandip Gill in the role of Companion Yaz, alongside newcomer John Bishop as Dan.

Whittaker’s Doctor won’t regenerate at the end of the forthcoming six-episode series, but after a further three Specials, which are due to air in 2022. The first will air on New Year’s Day, the second will follow in spring of next year, and the final Whittaker special is due to air in autumn 2022, to tie in with the BBC’s Centenary celebrations, it’s been confirmed. There’s currently no word on who’ll be replacing her in the role, or who will step into Chibnall’s showrunner shoes, but expect plenty of speculation on that in the coming weeks.

Here’s Whittaker’s statement, courtesy of the BBC:

“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.

Source: Den of Geek

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