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Doctor Who: Mandip Gill always knew Jodie Whittaker would leave after three series: ‘It was common knowledge’

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Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill started their Doctor Who journey together (Picture: BBC Studios/James Pardon)

Doctor Who star Mandip Gill has opened up on Jodie Whittaker’s exit from the show in 2022, saying they didn’t have to have an ’emotional conversation’ about it, as she already knew.

Jodie, who’s played the 13th Doctor since 2017, and showrunner Chris Chibnall will leave together in 2022 after Doctor Who: Flux and then three specials, as part of a ‘three series pact’.

‘It’s always been common knowledge to me that that was the deal,’ Mandip explained. ‘They were gonna go, her and Chris, after three years and start together and end together.

‘So it wasn’t anything new. I do know that whilst we were filming the last episode, [she] was a bit like, “Am I doing the right thing?” You do, you’re loving it, you’re enjoying it, it’s a brilliant job, so I think you’ll always question that, you’ll always question something even if it is the right thing to do […]

‘We never had a conversation where she had to tell me she was leaving – I think that would have been more gutting if I’d found out that way. I went into this series, even when I didn’t know Jodie, knowing that was going to happen.

‘So it wasn’t an emotional surprise.’

Chatting about the final scenes they filmed on series 13, Mandip went on: ‘It was so special.

‘We’ve got so many beautiful pictures that people have taken as well, a lot of people came to set that day – we had the execs, people from the offices, people from London, and it was beautiful but there were way more tears than I thought would happen!

‘Because you just think, you’re finishing a job, but me and Jodie are friends. We started off just working together but it’s your mate.’

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The gang are set for their biggest adventure yet (Picture: BBC Studios/James Pardon)

The actress continued: ‘For Yaz, that’s the end of her and that Doctor, so when she’s saying certain things, it was difficult…There are just natural emotions that were written so beautifully and it was so epic. You know what you’re filming when you’re doing it, and you’re like, “This is big.”‘

However, before Jodie’s exit, we’re set to see her take on her biggest adventure yet, alongside Yaz and newbies Dan (John Bishop) and Vinder (Jacob Anderson).

Asked how fans will feel as the credits roll after the final episode, Mandip told ‘I cried and I don’t really cry.

‘People behind the camera cried, so I think hopefully – I don’t want [fans] to cry, but they should cry!’

As for what we can actually expect, Mandip’s keeping tight-lipped but teased: ‘It’s definitely bigger than we’ve done before in terms of characters, emotions, sets, costume, prosthetics, everything just steps up that little bit.

‘There’s lots of unanswered questions that are answered, there’s more questions that are posed, and there’s lots of real emotions!’

Doctor Who: Flux launches on BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 6:25pm on October 31.


Credit: Original article published here.

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