Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker speaks out about how her last days of filming were ’emotional’


‘It was the most emotional day on set I’ve ever had’: Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker reveals she felt ‘grief-ridden’ over her final days of filming


Jodie Whittaker has discussed her emotional last days of filming on Doctor Who – ahead of the regeneration episode set to air in autumn 2022. 

The actress, 39, who became the first female Time Lord in the show’s history in 2017,  told Entertainment Weekly of how she was ‘grief ridden’ when she filmed the scenes.

It is not yet known who will take over the role of the Time Lord when Whittaker steps down.

Leaving: Jodie Whittaker, 39, has spoken about how her last days of filming on Doctor Who were ’emotional’ ahead of the regeneration episode set to air in autumn

She filmed the final scenes for the autumn episode at the end of 2021 and said of the experience: ‘I’ve shot my version of regen[eration], and it was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I’ve ever had.’

Jodie has said previously that she is leaving the coveted role this year because she feels it needs ‘new energy’ but the star also confessed that she isn’t sure if she is making the correct decision. 

Jodie then admitted to the publication that it felt strange to feel sad because she had made the decision to leave.  

Sad: The actress told Entertainment Weekly of how she was 'grief ridden' when she filmed the scenes of her changing into the as yet unknown new character

Sad: The actress told Entertainment Weekly of how she was ‘grief ridden’ when she filmed the scenes of her changing into the as yet unknown new character

She said: ‘It’s a really bizarre feeling, because it’s the best time I’ve ever had on a job, and I made the decision to leave it, so it’s a really strange thing to do to yourself.’

She went on: ‘It was a wonderfully-celebratory-slash-grief-ridden day that I could spend with the family that I’d made. I suppose the best thing about it is that the episodes are still on. So until they’re off, I don’t have to really get my head around the fact that it’s not my part!’  

Fans enjoyed a New Years Day special of the show called Eve Of The Daleks in which the Doctor becomes stuck in a terrifying ‘time loop’ where she repeatedly dies and comes back to life. 

Before the autumn episode airs, there will be a special episode in spring 2022 called Legend of the Sea Devils. 

The final episode will be part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations. 

Upset: She filmed the scenes at the end of 2021 and said of the experience: 'I've shot my version of regen[eration], and it was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I've ever had'

Upset: She filmed the scenes at the end of 2021 and said of the experience: ‘I’ve shot my version of regen[eration], and it was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I’ve ever had’ 

Jodie then shared that she would not be against returning to the role, and admitted that when you leave the role you don’t leave it forever.  

It comes after Jodie called for another female doctor to take over the role.   

She told Radio 1’s Vick Hope and Jordan North: ‘If we had the power to choose I’m going to pick an actress who I think is really exciting and I think would be phenomenal, an actress called Lydia West. If I had the power!’

Lydia is bookmaker Coral’s favourite to replace Jodie at 3-1 odds, while Fisayo Akinade and Omari Douglas (both 5-1) are joint second favourites and Olly Alexander comes next in the betting at 6-1.

New: It comes after Jodie called for another female doctor to take over the role. She told Radio 1's Vick Hope and Jordan North: 'If we had the power to choose I'm going to pick [...] an actress called Lydia West. If I had the power!'; Lydia West pictured 2021

New: It comes after Jodie called for another female doctor to take over the role. She told Radio 1’s Vick Hope and Jordan North: ‘If we had the power to choose I’m going to pick […] an actress called Lydia West. If I had the power!’; Lydia West pictured 2021 

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