Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker ‘bereaved’ by co-star’s exit from BBC series
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Jodie, who has been fronting the hit BBC sci-fi series as the thirteenth Doctor since 2017, is devastated by Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole’s departures from the show. The pair stepped down from the series following the festive special in 2020.
Graham O’Brien (played by Bradley Walsh) and Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) have starred in the series alongside Jodie since she joined, but were recently written out of the show.
Jodie and co-star Mandip Gill, who plays Yasmin Khan, have spoken about the beloved cast members’ exits.
Jodie admitted she felt “bereaved” by the news, especially because they all started the show together.
She said: “Without going into any specifics about anything to do with character or what happens – just purely knowing it was the last scenes with myself and those actors – both of them had to carry me to my trailer.
“I’ve not cried like that for such a long time. I mean, Brad couldn’t cope with it at all… and Tosin was like, ‘I really can’t cope with you getting so sad.’
“I think that sums up how I feel. There was not a sense of relief in any way. And then I was like ‘Don’t leave me!’”
Speaking to Radio Times, the 38-year-old added the trio share a unique bond having started their journey on the show together.
Mandip told the publication she isn’t an emotional person, but even she felt moved by the thought of the pair’s absence.
“But it’s been too soon to miss them,” she explained, adding they are all in a WhatsApp group and speak all the time.
Speculation has been rife amongst fans of the show as to who or when Jodie might be replaced as Time Lord.
Jodie’s casting as the Doctor made history because she was the first woman to take on the iconic role.
It’s been reported that Jodie will be replaced after the next series of Doctor Who, with plenty of people in line to take over.
Recent names thrown into the running include Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure, who plays Kate Fleming in the hit series.
Her co-star Kelly MacDonald, who plays Jo Davidson, is the 6/1 second favourite with the bookies.
Michaela Coel is still the favourite at 4/1, followed by Years and Years frontman and It’s A Sin star Olly Alexander, who is also 6/1.
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge is also in the running, with 8/1 odds.
But Jodie has said she finds it too upsetting to consider leaving.
Speaking to the Telegraph, she said: “To even question an end point would be too upsetting.
“There’s something emotional, poetic and very humbling about being in the show, because you’re a tiny little jigsaw piece of something that is so precious to so many people.”
Doctor Who is available to watch on BBC iPlayer.
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