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Doctor Who: BBC promises ‘radical change’ after Jodie Whittaker’s exit

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Jodie Whittaker will be leaving in 2022 (Picture: BBC Studios/James Pardon)

The BBC is set to make a ‘radical change’ to Doctor Who after Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall depart.

Things are about to be shaken up in a big way in 2022, with Jodie, who plays the 14th Doctor, and Chris, who has helmed the sci-fi since 2017, leaving after a series of specials.

Piers Wenger, Director for Drama at the BBC, reportedly said at the Edinburgh TV Festival: ‘As with any change of Doctor and showrunner, we’ll be radical […] Change is ahead.’

The show is already eyeing up a new direction with series 13, which Chris revealed will be part of one story instead of Doctor Who’s traditional episodic stories.

It is the same format he used for his crime drama Broadchurch, which starred actress Jodie, but it hasn’t been done in Doctor Who since the 1980s.

‘It’s definitely the most ambitious thing we’ve done since we’ve been on the series,’ he said, and consider us intrigued.

The sci-fi series, set to return later this year, will also feature Game of Thrones star Jacob Anderson as new character Vinder.

Details about the gun-toting newcomer are being kept under wraps but we know he will team up with the Doctor, Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) as they fight evil across space and time.

As for who will replace Jodie, 39, as the Doctor and Chris as showrunner, the jury is still out.

Chris has, however, clarified that he will not be appointing his own successor and that the big decision is down to the BBC.

The 51-year-old wrote in Doctor Who Magazine: ‘The big change that happened during our tenure has been Doctor Who being produced through BBC Studios, rather than the BBC’s in-house Drama Department.

‘It’s a difference which won’t really have affected how you view the show, but it affects the process by which the programme is made, managed and planned strategically.’

The outgoing Doctor Who boss went on to detail how the decision would be made, and who by.

He added: ‘The appointment of a new showrunner is a commercially sensitive decision (way above the pay grade of an incumbent showrunner) so it’ll be a joint decision between BBC Studios and the top decision-makers at the BBC.’

Doctor Who will return to BBC One this autumn.

Credit: Original article published here.

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