Actress Jodie Whittaker has completed her time traveling around the galaxy and is ready to return to Earth.
Although her time in the TARDIS is done, Whittaker’s run is unlikely to be forgotten. “Doctor Who“, which first aired in 1963, has never had the role of the Doctor being played by a woman before.
To make things even more groundbreaking, Whittaker’s Doctor also met a Black woman who was another reincarnation of the Doctor in 2020. This Doctor, officially dubbed the Fugitive Doctor, was played by Jo Martin and marks the first Black person – and first Black woman – to be cast in the role which has previously been dominated by white men.
This opens the door for anyone to be the Doctor, although Jodie Whittaker already has someone in mind to take her place.
Jodie Whittaker Names Her Potential Replacement
Whittaker answered questions during a segment during Radio 1’s “Going Home with Vick and Jordan” called “Kids Ask Difficult Questions.”
Whittaker was asked possibly the toughest question of all: Who should take her place as the titular Time Lord?
“If we had the power to choose,” she mused. “I’m going to pick an actress, who I think is really exciting and I think would be phenomenal, is Lydia West. If I had the power.”
Lydia West is no stranger to the BBC. She appeared on the miniseries “Years & Years” and portrayed Jill Baxter in the HBO series “It’s A Sin.”
Did Jodie Whittaker Leave The Show Too Early?
Although some fans weren’t a fan of Whittaker’s portrayal of the Doctor, other fans wished that she had stayed on longer, especially when her last season was cut short due to complications filming the sci-fi series with COVID-19 filming protocols.
Now that her run in the TARDIS has come to an end, she can’t help but reflect on whether or not she made the right decision to leave the show.
“When I first signed up, I signed up to do three seasons, and I can tell you now there is many a day where I had a wobble and I felt, ‘Have I made a terrible mistake?'” she said.
“At any point, I could have probably changed, but once we started to shoot the final series I think that’s when my biggest wobble happened and I thought, ‘What the heck am I doing, leaving the best job I’ve ever done?'”
However, she told the hosts that “Doctor Who” “is the best job because it’s happened at this moment, and no one can ever take these memories away and hopefully I’m still going to be living my best life in a few years to come.”
“But I just felt that this show deserves new energy,” she added. “I don’t know if I’m happy with my decision even now, I’m still upset about it.”
So far, Whittaker’s replacement has yet to be announced, but plenty of fans would love to see Lydia West take a spin in the TARDIS!