Doctor Who Erasing Jodie Whittaker?

By April Ryder | Published

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Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who

Rumors of Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker’s tenure as the Thirteenth Doctor in the series being erased from the show’s memory are just that … rumors. RadioTimes reported that Russell T. Davies, an executive producer for the show, addressed online rumors of Whittaker’s removal from show history in his “Letter from the Showrunner” segment in this month’s Doctor Who Magazine. 

Russell T. Davies addressed rumors Jodie Whittaker has been erased from Doctor Who’s history by mocking the very question.

His response to fans’ digital conjecture came equipped with a bit of a sassy attitude, joking that Doctor Who’s Thirteenth Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, had not been erased from the show’s history, but by “erasing the argument that she’s been erased” is it all still an “act of erasure”? 

The suspicion of her erasure was largely a product of online discussions between an array of speculative fans. The speculation was based on the fact that Whittaker has yet to be present in the most recent Doctor Who marketing material seen regarding the show. 

Jodie Whittaker hasn’t been on any magazine covers, and David Tennant (The Fourteenth Doctor) was shown regenerating in a whole new costume. Typically, the outgoing Doctor’s garb is present at the start of a new era. 

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Jodie Whittaker as The Thirteenth Doctor

As the first female doctor in Doctor Who history, Jodie Whittaker’s run as the star of the show marked a momentous occasion. Talk of casting a female in the lead role of the series began way back in 1981, but the dream never came to fruition until the introduction of Jodie Whittaker to the series. Her run also marked a shift in location. Most of the episodes prior to her arrival were set in London, while Whittaker’s adventures were widely set in Sheffield. 

There is always a little upheaval to be expected when such a longstanding series makes such large changes. Though some viewers weren’t too happy about the “Doctor” changing sexes, others were overjoyed and, thus, have become quite protective of Whittaker’s legacy. 

As the first female doctor in Doctor Who history, Jodie Whittaker’s run as the star of the show marked a momentous occasion.

Meanwhile, producers are working on fine-tuning the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials, which will mark the return of David Tennant as the new “Doctor” and the second return of Davies as showrunner. 

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Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker won’t be present, but Catherine Tate will be back alongside Tennant as the character Donna Noble. Also, fans were right when they voiced suspicions that Yasmin Finney will be playing her daughter, Rose. 

If you’re looking to catch up on your Doctor Who knowledge before the release of the upcoming anniversary episodes, you can watch the 2005-2023 episodes on Max with a subscription. You’ll have to go elsewhere for earlier seasons of the long-running show. To view the classic Doctor Who episodes, you’ll have to tune in via the Apple TV channel. 

Doctor Who’s upcoming specials won’t include Jodie Whittaker, but her legacy in sci-fi history has been secured.

You may also be interested in streaming Doctor Who: Tales From the TARDIS on Prime Video, where some of the most notable case members throughout the years take the time to share their memories of the highly influential sci-fi show. 

Loyal fans can put their minds to rest with clear words that Doctor Who creators will not be erasing Jodie Whittaker’s work from the show’s expansive history.