The BBC said today that star Jodie Whittaker will leave the venerable science fiction series next year, along with showrunner Chris Chibnall. Whittaker will bow out after a new six-episode series later this year and three specials in 2022.
Jodie Whittaker’s first outing as the time and space-travelling lead in the BBC’s sci-fi hit show Doctor Who hasn’t just received rave reviews, but landed the best U.K. ratings for a season opener of the series in more than 10 years.
The BBC is throwing a broadcasting blowout for the sci-fi show, which began with little fanfare and few expectations on Nov. 23, 1963, but is now one of its biggest hits and major exports. A 75-minute anniversary episode will be shown simultaneously Saturday in almost 80 countries, and there are 3-D screenings in movie theaters around the world.
LONDON (AP) — Scottish actor Peter Capaldi is the next star of the long-running science fiction series “Doctor Who,” the BBC announced Sunday. The identity of the new Doctor had been the subject of frantic speculation, and the revelation was made with fanfare befitting one of Britain’s best-known shows, during a live suppertime television broadcast. […]
LONDON (AP) — Elisabeth Sladen, a star sidekick of the “Doctor Who” series and a popular children’s show actress, has died of cancer Tuesday, the BBC said. She was 63. Sladen joined the broadcaster in 1973 as Doctor Who’s assistant Sarah Jane Smith, an investigative journalist-turned-intrepid time traveler whose on-screen energy and tongue-in-cheek delivery eventually […]