Jodie Whittaker: “If Russell ever wants me, I would come back”

Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the Doctor in BBC’s science fiction series Doctor Who may not have even aired yet, but the actor has made it clear that if she was ever to get the call, she would be more than happy to return to the series she loves so much.

Whittaker’s final regular appearance in the series will take place in The Power of the Doctor which airs in both the UK and in the US on Sunday 23rd October and will see the return of the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Master and two old companions Tegan and Ace, played by Janet Fielding and Sophie Aldred. After that she will be replaced by Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa as the new Doctor in the TARDIS.

However, speaking in a wide-ranging “exit interview” with Big Issue magazine, Whittaker made it clear that should the call ever come from Russell T Davies to play a role in the series in the future, she would be more than happy to oblige.

“I know this is the end of my tenure properly.” Whittaker said.

She added: “But I’m clinging on for dear life. And I do keep saying that if Russell ever wants me, I would come back. I’m already vying for a walk-on part! I’m trying not to annoy anyone so I will get asked back.” 

Could that mean we might even see Whittaker involved in a multi-Doctor series of episodes to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the show in 2023?

We already know that David Tennant will be returning for the celebrations alongside Catherine Tate who will reprise her role of Donna Noble. And although Peter Capaldi, who played the Twelfth incarnation of the Doctor” appears to have ruled himself out, there’s no word still on Matt Smith, who played the Eleventh Doctor and is currently starring in fantasy series House of the Dragon on Sky in the UK and HBO in the US.

Previously, Paul McGann, who played the Doctor in the 1996 TV movie of the show, has said he expected many of the alumni of the show to get a call for the episodes and popular companions like Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman have both said they would certainly entertain a return to the series at some stage.

Now of course there are bound to still be surprises for the 60th anniversary, as it wouldn’t be Doctor Who without them – but which of the famous faces will return for a series of episodes that may even eclipse the excitement of 2013s The Day of the Doctor 50th special still remains to be seen.

One thing’s for sure – speculation will continue to the very end!