Doctor Who producers ‘hint that the next Time Lord will be another woman’… with Lydia West rumoured to be taking over from Jodie Whittaker
Doctor Who producers have hinted that the next Time Lord will be a woman, according to a new report.
Production notes for the next series of the BBC’s sci-fi show suggest a female will be starring yet again as It’s A Sin’s Lydia West is widely tipped to take over, The Mirror reports.
It comes as Jodie Whittaker’s role comes to an end this autumn with the regeneration episode after she become the first ever female Time Lord in 2017.
Rumours: Doctor Who producers have hinted that the next Time Lord will be a woman, according to a new report (pictured is current star Jodie Whittaker)
Entertainment industry website Production Weekly lists the new episodes as: ‘A fantasy action saga of a mysterious alien time-traveller, Doctor Who, who picks up human companions, faces evil foes with little more than her wits and a sonic screwdriver and journeys throughout time and space in a police phone booth called the TARDIS.’
Jodie herself recently called for another female doctor to take over the role.
She told Radio 1’s Vick Hope and Jordan North: ‘If we had the power to choose I’m going to pick an actress who I think is really exciting and I think would be phenomenal, an actress called Lydia West. If I had the power!’
Could it be you? Production notes for the next series of the BBC’s sci-fi show suggest a female will be starring yet again, claims The Mirror, as Lydia West (pictured) is tipped to take over
Lydia is bookmaker Coral’s favourite to replace Jodie at 3-1 odds, while Fisayo Akinade and Omari Douglas (both 5-1) are joint second favourites and Olly Alexander comes next in the betting at 6-1.
Jodie also discussed her emotional last days of filming on Doctor Who.
The actress told Entertainment Weekly of how she was ‘grief ridden’ when she filmed the scenes.
She filmed the final scenes for the autumn episode at the end of 2021 and said of the experience: ‘I’ve shot my version of regen[eration], and it was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I’ve ever had.’
Icon: It comes as Jodie’s role comes to an end this autumn with the regeneration episode after she become the first ever female Time Lord in 2017
Jodie has said previously that she is leaving the coveted role this year because she feels it needs ‘new energy’ but the star also confessed that she isn’t sure if she is making the correct decision.
Jodie then admitted to the publication that it felt strange to feel sad because she had made the decision to leave.
She said: ‘It’s a really bizarre feeling, because it’s the best time I’ve ever had on a job, and I made the decision to leave it, so it’s a really strange thing to do to yourself.’
She went on: ‘It was a wonderfully-celebratory-slash-grief-ridden day that I could spend with the family that I’d made. I suppose the best thing about it is that the episodes are still on. So until they’re off, I don’t have to really get my head around the fact that it’s not my part!’
Fans enjoyed a New Years Day special of the show called Eve Of The Daleks in which the Doctor becomes stuck in a terrifying ‘time loop’ where she repeatedly dies and comes back to life.
Before the autumn episode airs, there will be a special episode in spring 2022 called Legend of the Sea Devils.
The final episode will be part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations.
Jodie then shared that she would not be against returning to the role, and admitted that when you leave the role you don’t leave it forever.
MailOnline has contacted the BBC for comment.
Decision: Jodie (centre) has said previously that she is leaving the coveted role this year because she feels it needs ‘new energy’