The Doctor will be regenerating again as 13th Doctor, Jodie Whittaker will be leaving the series along with executive producer and head writer, Chris Chibnall.
The BBC announced on 29 July that Whittaker will leave after a new six-episode series later this year and three specials in 2022.
Doctor Who ran from 1963 to 1989, and was successfully rejuvenated in 2005. Since then, the Doctor has been played by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and Whittaker, who took over in 2017.
Back in 2017 Chibnall, who took over from Steven Moffat, selected Whittaker as the first woman to portray the iconic character.
Chibnall said he and Whittaker “made a ‘three series and out’ pact with each other at the start of this once-in-a-lifetime blast.”
“I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman and we’re thrilled to have secured our No. 1 choice,” Chibnall said in a statement.
Some Doctor Who fans were unimpressed by Chibnall’s choice believing a female incarnation of The Doctor to be unacceptable. The fact that The Doctor has always been a white male left many fans reeling claiming the show was giving in to political correctness. But just because something has always been it doesn’t mean things cannot change. Those fans who rage quit the series may well return if as I suspect, the 14th Doctor is a man.
Speculation has already started about who will replace Whittaker, with bookmakers offering odds on actors including Olly Alexander (“It’s a Sin”), Vicky McClure (“Line of Duty”) and Michaela Coel (“I May Destroy You”).