Doctor Who Rumour: Jodie Whittaker to film regeneration scene this summer for 2022 specials

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We previously reported an article by Nicola Methven of the Daily Mirror that after the completion of filming for Doctor Who Series 13, Jodie Whittaker will film two more episodes, to air in 2022, which will include the the regeneration of thirteenth Doctor into the fourteenth Doctor.

Some additional information has come from the same journalist in regard to when Whittaker will film the specials. The Mirror reports that, as suspected, Jodie Whittaker will film the two 2022 specials immediately after she finishes filming Doctor Who Series 13, which will reportedly air in autumn of 2021.

On 14 February of 2021, John Bishop, who plays companion Dan in Series 13, appeared on Sunday Brunch and stated that the series would film into July.

With Series 13 filming into July, the two 2022 specials will likely commence filming in August. This is what the Mirror reported:

“They will air on BBC1 next year and extend her run as the Time Lord into 2022, even though she’ll actually hang up her sonic screwdriver when filming ends in the next couple of months.”

If this rumour is true, Whittaker’s exit from the show will likely be officially announced this summer as the actress will make known her availability for future productions. The Mirror reports:

“So while Jodie will be free to take on other roles pretty soon, she’ll still officially be the Doctor on screen until at least next Easter next year, those in the know say.”

The Mirror reports that the two specials will likely be the only Doctor Who episodes to air in 2022.

“Showrunner Chris Chibnall doesn’t like to be rushed, so BBC bosses might string things out by holding a special back for next summer or beyond.”

November of 2023 is the the 60th anniversary of the first airing of Doctor Who in 1963. It would seem that there will be a new Doctor by the anniversary year. It is traditional for a multi-Doctor special to air on an anniversary year — though it is too early for the BBC to announce plans for Doctor Who in 2023.

Eight episodes are planned for Doctor Who Series 13. The clip which introduced John Bishop as companion Dan revealed the series is scheduled to air sometime in 2021, likely late autumn.