Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker exit ‘confirmed’ in two final episodes – who will take over?

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Doctor Who fans have been speculating about Jodie Whittaker leaving her role as the Time Lord in the BBC series over the past year. Many names have been thrown into the mix as to who could replace her including the likes of Line of Duty actress Vicky McClure and It’s a Sin star, Olly Alexander. Despite the rumours of Jodie leaving the show, nothing has been confirmed from the BBC. However, it has now been reported Jodie will leave the series after starring in two specials in her swansong as the Doctor.

According to the Daily Mirror, Jodie will film the two back-to-back specials, which will air on BBC One next year.

The publication reported she will leave Doctor Who when she finishes filming the specials in the next couple of months.

This could mean the second special will contain the regeneration scene where Jodie’s character morphs into the 14th Doctor.

The speculation about Jodie’s exit comes after eagle-eyed fans spotted the actress won’t be appearing on the cover of the Doctor Who Annual for 2022.

It’s been revealed Jodie won’t be on the cover of the Doctor Who Annual for 2022, despite being the current actor in the Time Lord role.

Over the past year, there has been plenty of speculation about Jodie leaving the show to make way for a fresh new face in the next series.

The latest betting odds from BoyleSports suggest I May Destroy You star and BAFA winner Michaela Coel is the favourite to take Jodie’s place.

Jodie became the first female to play the Time Lord when she was named as the thirteenth Doctor Who in 2017.

However, speculation in recent months suggests she will be replaced after the next series, despite admitting in a recent interview she doesn’t want to think about moving on.

TV presenter Richard Ayoade is also in the running at odds of 9/1.

Another contender to replace Jodie is It’s A Sin star and Years & Years frontman, Olly Alexander, after being singled out by John Barrowman as the perfect candidate.

Lawrence Lyons, a spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “We’ve seen quite a few lively contenders backed to be the next Doctor Who this year, but Michaela Coel is the candidate on the end of the most consistent support.”

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He continued: “The latest flurry of bets comes in the wake of her BAFTA success and makes her the most likely successor at 4/1 from 6/1.”

In a recent interview, Jodie admitted she didn’t want to think about quitting Doctor Who.

“As far as I’m concerned, right now, I’m the Doctor and that’s taking up everything of me, as an actor,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

“And to think something beyond that. I can’t put my head there, and I don’t want to.”

The Chase host Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole have also left the series in a move that left Jodie “bereaved”.

The pair stepped down from the series following the festive special in 2020.

Graham O’Brien (played by Bradley Walsh) and Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) have starred in the series alongside Jodie since she joined but were recently written out of the show.

Speaking about the departure of her co-stars, she told Radio Times: “Without going into any specifics about anything to do with character or what happens.

“Just purely knowing it was the last scenes with myself and those actors – both of them had to carry me to my trailer,” she added.

 Doctor Who is expected to return later this year.

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