Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker admits ‘my life is over’ as Time Lord role comes to an end

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Doctor Who: Flux is the 13th series of the hit BBC programme and is set to premiere on Halloween night. The new series was announced in November 2019 and is the third to be led by Chris Chibnall. Jodie Whittaker, who plays the Doctor, announced her departure from the show in July after playing the role since 2017. She recently opened up about her feelings towards not being on the show any longer and said she feels “my life is over.”

Speaking exclusively to Radio Times, Jodie said: “I’m still very much the Doctor. I will be until I’m no longer on screen as the Doctor. 

“When it’s my last day of shooting, that will certainly feel as if a huge part of my life is over, but as far as being the Doctor, I get to drag it out for as long as they put the episodes on for.

“To give the fans the level that they deserve, there has to be some sacrifice. You have to know when you’ve done it.

“This job has been just extraordinary, I know it doesn’t end because you’re always the Doctor,” she explained. 

Showrunner Chris Chibnall is also set to leave the programme to be replaced by Russel T Davies, who was behind the 2005 revival of the show. 

Jodie explained that she and Chris made a pact that they would always do three series together. 

Speaking during an online Q&A, Jodie recalled crying during her final days on set and said: “You know what I’m like – I’m a crier.

“I had to do my final (backstage interview) today. We haven’t finished filming, so I can avoid the thoughts a bit more.

“But obviously, with the behind-the-scenes stuff, it was in that slightly concluding way and, ‘Can you tell us how you feel about the crew?’ and then I just lost it.

“I was just crying my eyes out, absolutely gone. I always knew this was the best time I will ever have on a job. I have felt like that from the start of it.”

Speaking to The Sun, Jodie also revealed the bruises and injuries she received whilst doing her own stunts on the show. 

She explained there were a lot of stunts in this upcoming series and described them as “falling through space”.

“We started at an energy of 100, and then after two days, I was bruised and hurt and realised that this is why there are stunt doubles, as I’m pathetic.”

She recalled her most dangerous stunt involving being suspended into the air on wires and explained: “You do a lot of flips as if you’re falling through space and have to spin yourself backwards in a rotation and make sure you don’t get tangled.”

Since Jodie’s announcement to leave the show, many fans have speculated who they think will take on the role as the 14th Time Lord. 

Michael Sheen is the top runner at the moment, getting more than 20 per cent of the votes in a survey of 10,000 people. 

RadioTimes.com’s editorial director Tim Glanfield said: “Doctor Who’s lead role is one of the most iconic and coveted in British television, and therefore any vacancy creates a huge amount of speculation amongst fans and across the TV industry. 

“Clearly Michael Sheen is a popular choice, and no one can fault his brilliant acting prowess – but with a long history of secrecy and surprises at Doctor Who HQ when it comes to casting, we might have a bit of a wait until we find out who will be flying the Tardis next.”

Former Doctor David Tennant has previously spoken out about the speculation and rumours surrounding Jodie’s replacement, having once done it himself.

He told Digital Spy that the moment you say “yes” to Doctor Who, you’re being asked whether you’d go back after you finish.

Doctor Who returns to screens on Sunday, October 31, at 6.25pm on BBC One.
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