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Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall exiting the series

In what is probably one of the worst kept secrets in TV, we’ve learned Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall are leaving Doctor Who.

There have been rumors for some time that Whittaker would step down as the 13th Doctor. The news has finally been confirmed by BBC and BBC America. She’s not the only one stepping down, either. Chris Chibnall is also leaving as showrunner.

Chibnall shared in a press release that this was always the plan. The two had agreed to do three years on the show. Three years has been extended slightly due to the pandemic, especially as the BBC has requested specials to give the Doctor a good exit story.

Doctor Who Season 13 coming this fall

During Comic-Con@Home, BBC and BBC America released the trailer for Season 13. We don’t have an exact premiere date just yet, but it is coming this fall.

The Doctor and Yaz will continue their journeys in the TARDIS, and they will be joined by another companion played by John Bishop. He looks to be taking on Bradley Walsh’s role in the sense of adding the humor to the story.

The story is returning to one season-long story. Each episode is another chapter in the story.

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Three specials to say goodbye

Season 13 won’t be the last for Whittaker and Chibnall, though. The two will return for three specials in 2022. The original plan was for two specials, but the BBC asked for them both to do a third special to say goodbye to the Thirteenth Doctor.

Doctor Who isn’t canceled, though. Just like with all other versions, there will be a regeneration. All eyes will now be on who will play the next version of the Doctor.

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What do you hope to see during Season 13? Who do you hope plays the next regeneration? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Doctor Who Season 13 airs in fall 2021.