BBC’s Doctor Who could be set to take a longer break than expected after Jodie Whittaker bows out, as ratings for the show continue to suffer.
Jodie will appear in two final specials later this year, which come as follow ups to the recent New Year’s Day special.
The highly-anticipated episode pulled in just 3.4million viewers compared to 9million on her debut in NYD back in 2018.
Due to dwindling ratings, there’s now speculation the show could opt for a longer break between series, and not give Jodie her iconic regeneration scene as bosses weigh up options.
Russell T. Davies, who first led the revived episodes with Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor, will return as showrunner just in time for the 60th anniversary, but there is still no replacement confirmed for Jodie.
A source told The Sun: ‘The new team are considering a range of radical options in a bid to revive the flagging fortunes of a programme which is adored by millions around the world,’
The insider went on to suggest there could be space between Jodie’s successor and added: ‘She has already wrapped filming on this year’s special episodes, and a new Time Lord has yet to be revealed.’
Long-term fans will note this is not the first time this has happened, after the 2005 return with Christopher Ecclestone didn’t feature a regeneration.
But this was due to slightly different circumstances as the series returned properly after two decades years away from screens.
Jodie did previously state to Entertainment Weekly: ’I’ve shot my version of regen, and it was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I’ve ever had.’
So it would be a huge blow to fans if this ends up being cut.
In terms of who might end up stepping into the Tardis after Jodie, there are several names rumoured to be linked with the role.
Names predicted to be in the running to take over include It’s A Sin actors Olly Alexander and Lydia West, as well as Michael Sheen.
Jodie previously said she’d love Lydia to take her place, as it’s not yet known whether viewers will get another female doctor after her tenure is over.
‘I’m going to pick an actress who I think is really exciting and I think would be phenomenal, an actress called Lydia West,’ she told BBC Radio 1 in December.
Back in December, Russell told The Guardian auditions had only just started, sharing: We have genuinely not cast anyone yet. We’re just starting auditions.’
So it looks like we’ve still got a while left to wait before we find out who will be taking on the role following Jodie’s departure.
Doctor Who will return later this year to BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Credit: Original article published here.