Jodie Whitaker has revealed that she stopped filming her final scenes as Doctor Who.
The actress, 39, returns for a six-part series as the Thirteenth Doctor on Halloween for her final outing on BBC One, followed by three specials that are set to air in 2022.
And Jodi admitted that she struggled during her final moments on set, saying she wept bitterly and was sure she would be “filled with grief” after the final scene ended.
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She said during an online Q&A: ‘I lost it, I was absolutely gone, my eyes were crying. I know this is the best time ever for me. I have felt this way from the very beginning.
She continued: ‘Leaving it, I think I will be filled with a lot of sadness because even thinking about it makes me upset. But this show needs new energy. The joy of this part is that you take your shoes in hand. I don’t know who to go to, but whatever it is, what a thing to be able to go – “you’ll have a perfect time”.
‘If everyone comes to you forever “I’m a Doctor Who fan” it’s an absolute delight. Of all the things that you will always be connected to, thank God this is something I have loved dearly.’
Final outing: The actress returns to BBC One for a six-part series for her final outing as the Thirteenth Doctor on Halloween, followed by three specials that are due to air in 2022
Jodie confirmed in July that she was leaving the science-fiction program after four years.
The West Yorkshire native described her four-year stint at the TARDIS as ‘the best job I’ve ever had’.
The pair are said to have made the decision to leave in January, reports at the time discussing a drop in viewership, which has been declining for five years.
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It was reported that Jody and showrunner Chris Chibnall, who are walking away from the show, attracted just half the audience during its paring compared to the Russell T. Davis-led David Tennant-fronted version of the show.
Wire Earlier in the year it was reported that episodes were drawing in less than 5 million viewers. The newspaper said that such a number “does not differ from the time of its departure from the show in 1989”.
The season finale of Series 12 had a total TV viewership of 4.6 million, making it the lowest Doctor Who episode ever. The previous all-time low was 4.7 million in 2017.
Series 12 saw an average of 5.4 million viewers.
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Meanwhile, Pearl Mackie revealed this week that now that the sci-fi show has its first female Doctor alongside Jodie Whitaker, it’s time for the time traveler to be a non-binary actor.
The 34-year-old actor said there is “a lot of room for change” as the Doctor’s reincarnations “let the show move with the times”.
Pearl – who came out as bisexual last year – said she would like to see “both a female and non-white” actor play the doctor.
Joe Martin recently became the first black actor to play a doctor, but only in two episodes.
in an interview with Daily Telegraph newspaper, she said: ‘I think it would be great to have someone play a non-binary role.
‘The Doctor doesn’t really identify with human obstacles at all. So I guess it could be a logical next step, right?’
Pearl is proud that her alter ego Bill was able to help viewers embrace their own sexuality and give them the courage to come out.
She said: ‘When you decide to be an actor there’s nothing you think about: that you’re going to help shape someone’s life, or their journey, especially something…