Jodie Whitaker has confirmed that she'll be returning for another batch of TARDIS based shenanigans for the twelfth series of Doctor Who. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Whitaker spoke enthusiastically about returning to the TARDIS.
“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.”
I'm sure the internet will speculate over the "not quite ready" (does that mean she's a bit ready?) comment, but the key take-home here is that Jodie is staying for at least another year. The current run, which concludes on Sunday, has been mostly well received by fans and critics alike. Whitaker instantly owned the role as soon as she was on screen, and her take on The Doctor has been a joy to watch. As bright and energetic as Whitaker's performance might be, she's been short-changed in the script department much like her predecessor's (Peter Capaldi) first run as The Doctor.
I have thoroughly enjoyed the series and applaud showrunner Chris Chibnall's efforts to carve something new that's less beholden to the history of the fifty-five-year-old series. For me, it's been a mixed bag of standalone adventures for Team TARDIS that could have benefited from a proper season arc. That aside, season eleven has done something I thought impossible, made me genuinely enjoy something that features Bradley Walsh.
But that is the beauty of Doctor Who; it can evolve and change to be anything it needs or wants to be. New showrunner Chris Chibnall has signed a five-year deal with the BBC; I doubt Whitaker will remain in the role for the entirety of Chibnall's era of Doctor Who as the standard lifespan for a Doctor (Christopher Eccleston and John Hurt aside) since the revival is three series and a couple of specials. Speaking of Doctor Who specials, the traditional Christmas installment isn't happening this year, in its place will be a special episode that will be broadcast on New Year's Day.
Widely speculated to be titled Resolution of the Daleks, the hour-long special will arrive on BBC One at 7pm on New Year's Day.