If you’re familiar at all with the BBC’s long-running, time-traveling series Doctor Who, then you are certainly used to seeing different faces portray the titular Time Lord. Jodie Whittaker, the current Doctor and the first female star to take on the role, announced earlier this year that Season 13 and the following three specials will end her run as the Doctor. While the decision to leave after three seasons was one apparently made a while back, Whittaker recently revealed that she had doubts about leaving he role behind.
The actress joined the storied franchise at the same time as writer Chris Chibnall, and, according to Entertainment Weekly, the two apparently had a pact to have a three-season run together and be done with the series. True to their pact, the two are exiting the series at the same time after Season 13 finishes up, but Whittaker seemingly does so with some hesitation. Here’s what the actress says when speaking about the uncertainty she felt in leaving the iconic series:
Taking on the lead role of Doctor Who is a major undertaking. It’s a huge responsibility, especially considering how important it is to British culture. At the same time, it’s also not a job that you take thinking you’ll hold on to if forever. According to Jodie Whittaker, this was something that she had to realize for herself while working on her final season. Here it is in her own words:
While it’s a little bittersweet to see The Doctor undergo another regeneration, each version of the character brings new life to the series and ensures the story keeps getting told in fresh ways. Jodie Whittaker’s time as the Time Lord isn’t over yet, though, and you can watch her in Season 13 of Doctor Who, as the season premieres this Sunday, October 31.