It won’t be on our screens until the latter half of 2022, but Jodie Whittaker has confirmed that she has shot her final scenes as Doctor Who. The thirteenth incarnation of The Doctor in the long-running sci-fi series will regenerate next year, in time for a new showrunner to take over.

A six-episode thirteenth season will premiere at Halloween, to be followed by three feature-length specials to air across 2022 starting on New Year’s Day. This will then end Whittaker’s run, ready for a new actor to take over. Also leaving will be her co-star Mandip Gill, who has played companion Yasmin Khan since the beginning of Whittaker’s time in the role of the Doctor.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall is also on his way. Incoming showrunner Russell T. Davies is back. He was behind the successful relaunch in 2005 and served as showrunner through to the end of David Tennant’s run in 2010. His first stint was well received and fondly remembered by fans.

Davies will get to helm the show’s 60th anniversary special and the next season after that. Whittaker’s replacement has not yet been announced. This is strange for Doctor Who as the new actor is usually announced in time for a regeneration scene to be filmed as part of the outgoing Doctor’s final episode.

The latest series is being referred to as Doctor Who: Flux, leading some fans to speculate, or hope, that it will somehow retcon out the disastrous Chibnall era which is held in contempt by fans. They believe it pointlessly changed the entire backstory of the Doctor and spent the entire run pandering to progressive themes rather than telling fun stories.

This would be the first time in recorded history that anyone in TV or entertainment ever admitted they were wrong, so we hope the fans haven’t got their hopes up.

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