Jodie Whittaker became an instant hit with viewers when she took over from Peter Capaldi to become Doctor Who’s first-ever female Time Lord in 2017.

However, the fantasy drama is about to get a shakeup as Jodie prepares to hang up her Sonic Screwdriver and make way for the fourteenth incarnation of the time travelling hero.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall will be departing the series along with Jodie, with a very familiar face set to take over the reins for the forthcoming seasons.

But who will become the next Doctor Who and when can we expect to see the new Time Lord on our screens? Here’s everything we know so far.

When is Jodie Whittaker leaving Doctor Who?

Jodie Whittaker is set to leave Doctor Who in 2022, following one final six-part series and three special episodes.

The third and final special will most likely feature the regeneration, which will see Jodie’s version of the character morph into the next Doctor.

The new Doctor Who actor will then properly take over the role in 2023.

Who is Doctor Who's new showrunner?

Following Chris Chibnall’s upcoming departure at the end of Doctor Who series 13, screenwriter Russell T Davies will be taking over in time for the show’s 60th anniversary in 2023.

Davies previously revived Doctor Who, running the show for the duration of Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant’s times in the Tardis.

Following the success of Doctor Who, he also created two highly popular spin-off series, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood.

Speaking about resuming his role at Doctor Who, Davies said: “I’m beyond excited to be back on my favourite show.

“There’s a whole series of Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant Doctor for me to enjoy, with my friend and hero Chris Chibnall at the helm,” Davies added. “I’m still a viewer for now.”

Who will replace Jodie Whittaker as the next Doctor Who?

There are several names in the mix for who might take over from Jodie Whittaker as the next Doctor Who.

It’s A Sin star and Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander was previously the favourite to play the next incarnation of the time-travelling Doctor.

Sadly, despite several rumours, his manager Martha Kinn soon denied the reports in a pun-filled statement, saying: “I’m afraid I have to exterminate this speculation. As nice as it is to see interest in this story regenerate, it just isn’t true.”

Multi-award winning actresses Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) and Michaela Coel (I May Destroy You) are both bookies favourites to take over from Whittaker.

There is a clear frontrunner, however, with quirky comedian and IT Crowd star Richard Ayoade once again the fan-favourite to play the Doctor.

The Crystal Maze host was voted as the Doctor Who fans’ top pick to take over from Jodie Whittaker, after winning 38% of the vote in a poll earlier this year.

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