Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Whittaker, who had previously declined to comment about returning to the show, confirmed she would be returning for series 12 of the long-running BBC sci-fi show next year.
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Whittaker said: “I really can’t wait to step back in and get to work again…it’s such an incredible role. It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and I’m not quite ready to hand it over yet.”
Whittekar’s first run as The Doctor will end this weekend (December 9) with the series conclusion ‘The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.”
Recently, the show sparked headlines when the BBC confirmed that there would be no Doctor Who Christmas special this year, but a New Year one instead. The show will air on New Year’s Day at 7pm for a one-hour special.
Its not yet been confirmed if Whittaker’s co-stars from the series – Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill – will return for series 12.
Last month, there was speculation that Whittaker might not return to the role following a report in a well-respected and long-running sci-fi magazine, Starburst.
A report in the magazine magazine claimed that show runner Chris Chibnall is dissatisfied with the way the show is being run behind-the-scenes by the BBC. Whittaker, who previously worked with Chibnall on the hit ITV drama Broadchurch, was rumoured to be leaving the show in sympathy for her friend and colleague.
Fans who were intending to watch the most recent episode of the series, ‘Kerblam!’, were instead shown the episode due to follow it in the series.
In a statement, BBC Studios apologised for the mistake, saying: “We’re aware that an upcoming episode of Doctor Who was made available to Amazon Prime users in the US in error.
“We are investigating how this happened and have taken the steps to remove it. BBC Studios would like to apologise if anyone’s enjoyment of the series has been spoiled by this mishap.”