God is a woman and so is The Doctor – for one more season, at least.
Jodie Whittaker, who’s currently playing The Doctor in Season 11 of Doctor Who, just confirmed that she will be returning to her role of extraterrestrial Time Lord in the legendary BBC sci-fi series for Season 12.
Whittaker told The Hollywood Reporter that she’s definitely not ready to hand over the Doctor Who-baton to another actor just yet.
“It’s such an incredible role,” Whittaker told THR. “It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and I’m not quite ready to hand it over yet.”
Just one previous Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, only lasted for one season (Season 1 in 2005.) The other actors have had between two and six years as The Doctor.
While Whittaker’s performance as the first female Doctor in Doctor Who’s 55-year history has been widely praised by critics, there was a good deal of backlash when Whittaker was revealed as the 13th Doctor last year.
Whittaker seemed pretty chill about it, though. She explained in an interview with the BBC that the character of The Doctor “represents everything that’s exciting about change.“
“I want to tell the fans not to be scared by my gender,” Whittaker said. “The fans have lived through so many changes, and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”
Please bring your bad-ass attitude to Season 12, Jodie.