Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker admits she was left ‘grieving’ on set of final series

Jodie Whittaker reveals she took something from Doctor Who set

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Actor Jodie Whittaker returned as the 13th Doctor in the latest series of Doctor Who but earlier this year, it was confirmed this series would be her last. The Doctor has been joined by companions Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) and Dan Lewis (John Bishop). Making history, Jodie became the first female Doctor cast in the long-running BBC One sci-fi drama but after three seasons the star has decided she will no longer play the iconic time lord. The Huddersfield-born actor confessed that she was in a state of mourning while filming her final scenes after the departures of Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole.

Actor and comedian John Bishop has since taken on the role of new character Dan Lewis.

Jodie revealed what it was like to work alongside the former footballer.

Speaking ahead of her final series’ debut, the Doctor Who actor said: “For us, getting to know John has been wonderful.

“He came in at 110 per cent with his energy and enthusiasm,” she continued to the BBC.

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Jodie commended the comedian for his professionalism but admitted he brought something more to the set.

The female Doctor went on: “He’s been so much fun to be around.”

While John is mostly known for his comedy, the fellow Liverpudlian was once a semi-professional footballer for Southport and Hyde United.

Jodie continued: “He’s been a massive team player.” 

Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole made their final appearances as the Doctor’s companions in the Doctor Who special on New Year’s Day back in 2020.

The pair have been at Jodie Whittaker’s side since 2018. 

After working together for two years, the Doctor Who actor expressed her sadness following their exit from the show.

She confessed: “For us, we were still grieving Brad and Tosin.”

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John Bishop was praised by Jodie for bringing his unique style to the role.

She said: “For him to come in and not to fill anybody’s shoes and be his own person…

“We found a new dynamic which felt brilliant,” she continued

The star added: “It felt so comfortable.” 

Adding his own flair, Doctor Who fans should expect “really fun scenes” with Dan.

The new Doctor is yet to be announced leaving the show’s supporters to speculate who will become the new time lord.

Jodie will not be the only person to step down from the series as the show’s head writer, Chris Chibnall, will also be leaving after this latest outing.

The series initially included eight episodes instead of the usual 11, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the format was later announced to be six episodes but fans should expect two specials scheduled to air later in 2022.

Doctor Who season 13 airs on Sundays on BBC One.

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