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Doctor Who starts auditions for Jodie Whittaker’s replacement

Jodie Whittaker’s tenure is coming to an end (Picture: BBC)

Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has let slip that the beloved BBC sci-fi series has started auditioning for Jodie Whittaker’s replacement.

Jodie will be bowing out of the show in 2022 after breaking ground as the first female Time Lord.

She will have completed three seasons plus the three specials by the time she leaves, with showrunner Chris Chibnall also exiting with her.

Many fans have been busy speculating who will play the next Doctor and a number of huge names have been tipped for the role, including Olly Alexander, Michaela Coel, and Richard Ayoade.

Shedding light on the progress made at selecting Whittaker’s replacement, Davies spilled: ‘We have genuinely not cast anyone yet. We’re just starting auditions.’

Davies is bursting with excitement to get going as he prepares to breathe new life into the series.

‘I’ve already written some of the episodes,’ he added to the Guardian. ‘The first will go out in November 2023 – that’s the 60th anniversary of the show.’

Asked why he wanted to return to Doctor Who, he enthused: ‘Because I love it. It’s the first thing I watched on television.’

Doctor Who is set to return to television screens on New Year’s Day with the Time Lord coming face to face with the Daleks.

Doctor Who returns on New Year’s Day (Picture: BBC)

A teaser clip has already shown the Doctor, Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) appearing to be exterminated by the most-feared enemy.

Of course, extermination usually results in immediate death in Doctor Who so, presuming we haven’t seen all three of our heroes meet their ends in the teaser trailer, something a little different is going on this year.

The festive episode is the first of three Doctor Who specials airing in 2022.

The second special airs in spring and Jodie’s final feature-length special, in where the Thirteenth Doctor will regenerate, will transmit in autumn 2022 as part of the BBC’s Centenary celebrations.

Doctor Who returns New Year’s Day at 6pm on BBC One.

Credit: Original article published here.

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