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BBC Addresses Reports That Jodie Whittaker is Leaving 'Doctor Who'

Is Jodie Whittaker really leaving Doctor Who?

It was recently reported that the 38-year-old actress is planning on leaving the show after its upcoming 13th season.

BBC has now responded to the reports, telling Digital Spy, “We won’t be commenting on any speculation around Jodie’s future on the show.”

Jodie made history as Doctor Who‘s first ever female Time Lord, taking on the role in 2017 for season 11.

If she does leave after season 13, Jodie would be following in the footsteps of fellow Doctors, including Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi, who left the show after three seasons.

Season 13 of Doctor Who is set to premiere in the fall in the United Kingdom. The new season will have just eight episodes, after the pandemic affected production.

BBC Reveals Jo Martin Will Play 'Doctor Who's First Black Doctor

There’s a new Doctor coming to BBC and she’s history making!

Jo Martin will take over the titular role of Doctor Who from Jodie Whittaker after the next season airs.

The reveal of the new Doctor happened on this past weekend’s episode of the popular show and this marks the first time a black actor will take on the lead role.

Jodie recently confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that she’ll be staying with the show for at least one more season.

“Yes, I’m doing another season,” she shared. “At some point, these shoes are going to be handed on, but it’s not yet. I’m clinging on tight!”

After the reveal, Jo shared the first look photo with her fans on Twitter.

“#NewProfilePic,” she captioned.

Congrats to Jo on her new role!

Doctor Who airs on Sundays on BBC America.

Check out 10+ pictures of Jo Martin‘s Doctor Who reveal and new pics from the new TARDIS!

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Jodie Whittaker On Being Welcomed Into 'Doctor Who' Universe: 'You're Famous Before You Ever Step Foot On Set'

Jodie Whittaker paid a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday (January 8) and dished about the overnight life-changing experience of entering the Doctor Who universe!

The 37-year-old actress told host Jimmy that the success happened before she ever stepped on set for the role.

“It’s a really strange job because, unlike many others, you only become well known if the job is successful. You’re in a show, people love it so they watch it — and then, you become attached to being that person for people,” Jodie expressed. “For this, you’re famous before you ever step foot on set for the role. You’re welcomed into this extraordinary family, which is the Who Universe. It’s really beautiful but it’s really an overnight thing.”

Jodie also talked about putting her dance moves on display while dressed as Po the Kung Fu Panda at a cast wrap party.

READ MORE: ‘Doctor Who’ Season 12 Gets a Premiere Date & New Trailer!

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'Doctor Who' Season 12 Gets a Premiere Date & New Trailer!

The 12th season of the hit series Doctor Who is on the way and BBC America just revealed the premiere date!

The beloved sci-fi series will return on Wednesday, January 1 at 8/7c with a two-part episode. The series then moves to its regular time slot on Sunday, January 5 at 8/7c.

Jodie Whittaker is back for her second season on the show. She is Doctor Who’s 13th Doctor! Some of the guest starts this season include Goran Visnjic and Stephen Fry.

Fathom Events will be hosting screenings of the season premiere and the second episode in movie theaters nationwide on January 5.

“What better way to ring in a new decade than with our favorite Time Lord?” said Courtney Thomasma, BBC America’s executive director. “BBC America is excited to kick off the new year with new Who, including a thrilling New Year’s Day premiere followed by new episodes every Sunday this winter. Last year, thousands of Whovians packed Madison Square Garden to celebrate Jodie Whittaker’s landmark debut as the first female Doctor. This year, we’re thrilled to partner with Fathom Events to bring that unique experience to fans all across the country, as Doctor Who embodies the idea of space for all. Let the New Year’s countdown begin!”

Sam Heughan & Caitriona Balfe Reunite at the Henley Festival!

Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe pose for a photo together while attending the black-tie event of the season, the Henley Festival, on Friday (July 12) in Henley-on-Thames, England.

Joining the Outlander co-stars at the event was Caitriona‘s partner Tony McGill.

Some more guests in attendance included Sam Claflin, Douglas Booth, Jodie Whittaker, and Matt Smith. The stars were all chauffeured to the event in Audi cars.

“Thank you @audiuk and @tonyameli for having us at the wonderful @henleyfestival Such a fab night!!! The new E-Tron is v cool!” Caitriona wrote on her Instagram account.

Sam wrote, “Magical evening. Loved seeing the new E-Tron.”

FYI: Sam is wearing an Alfred Dunhill suit. Caitriona is wearing a Self-Portrait dress.

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Jodie Comer & Benedict Cumberbatch Win Big at British Academy Television Awards 2019

Jodie Comer and Benedict Cumberbatch hold up their trophies after their big wins at the 2019 Virgin Media British Academy Television Awards held at The Royal Festival Hall on Sunday (May 12) in London, England.

The 26-year-old actress won the Leading Actress award for her work on Killing Eve while the 42-year-old actor won the Leading Actor award for his work on Patrick Melrose.

Killing Eve was a big winner of the night. The show also picked up the award for Best Drama Series and Fiona Shaw won for Best Supporting Actress. Benedict‘s show Patrick Melrose also picked up the award for Best Mini-Series.

Also in attendance were Killing Eve‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Damian Lewis, Helen McCrory, Doctor Who‘s Jodie Whittaker, Julia Stiles, James Norton, Jane Krakowski, Queer Eye‘s Bobby Berk, Steve Coogan, David Schwimmer, Will Poulter, Ruth Wilson, Maya Jama and Kelsey Grammer with wife Kayte Walsh.

FYI: Jodie is wearing a Stella McCartney dress, Alexandre Birman shoes, a Stella McCartney bag, and Pomellato jewels. Phoebe is wearing an A Teodoro dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, a Michael Kors bag, and Nina Runsdorf earrings. James is wearing a Corneliani suit.

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'Doctor Who' Releases Official Trailer for 'Resolution' New Year's Special - Watch!

BBC America just released the official trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who New Year’s special “Resolution,” which you can watch right here!

The special airs on Tuesday, January 1 at 8 p.m. ET.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Jodie Whittaker

In the special, as the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) be able to overcome this threat to Planet Earth?

Following the New Year’s special, Doctor Who returns with Season 12 in early 2020 on BBC America.

Watch the trailer below!