Well-connected Nicola Methvin wrote in the Daily Mirror that Whitaker’s departure is kept secret while filming in Season 13. If she knocked out Tardis, it would be consistent with her predecessors who also completed three seasons before moving on to other projects.
The mirror A. Doctor Who The source said: “Everything is very silent, but it is known in the group that Judy is leaving and they are preparing for the renewal. Her departure is top secret, but at some point during the coming months, the 14th doctor’s arrival will be filmed.”
The report added that Whitaker co-stars Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole will also leave the show to make way for a renewed space combat team. Mandip Gill will remain, while British comedian John Bishop joins the cast. The Mirror added that Showrunner Chris Chibnall will also remain with the BBC Studios series.
The BBC was holding insults on Monday morning and a spokesman said: “We will not comment on any speculation about Judy’s future on the show.”
Whitaker made history when she became the first female physician in 2017. She followed in the footsteps of Peter Capaldi, while other former doctors included David Tennant, Matt Smith and Christopher Ecclestone.