Jodie Whittaker’s final Doctor Who episode will be super-sized

It’s almost about that time for Whovians to grab the tissue boxes and bid farewell to another era of Doctor Who. Later this year, circa autumn, Jodie Whittaker will take her final bow as the Thirteenth Doctor and officially hand the reins over to Ncuti Gatwa.

As fans, cast, and crew all anxiously await the final sendoff, past and future showrunner Russell T Davies is dishing all about the super-sized final Whittaker will be getting. Speaking with The Sun Showbiz, Davies shared what fans can expect, and I must admit I am beyond excited.

It’s going to be sad to say goodbye to Whittaker, but I can’t lie when I say that Davies taking over Doctor Who once again has me so pumped. He was the showrunner during David Tennant’s run as the Doctor, so this is a guy who knows what he’s about.

Jodie Whittaker’s final Doctor Who episode will be epic

Davies wouldn’t say too much about what fans can expect from Gatwa as the Fourteenth Doctor, but was more than happy to reveal what Whittaker’s last episode will be like. “She’s got an enormous finale, epic finale, 90-minute finale in October. We’re polite gentlemen, it’s only right and fair to shut up,” said Davies. “2023, you’ll be fed up of us, we’ll be everywhere, but until then, we bow to Jodie and love her and step back.”

I appreciate you for that sentiment, Mr. Davies. Respect! I can’t imagine a better way to say goodbye to Whittaker than by spending 90 minutes with her as the baton is passed to Gatwa.

Speaking of Gatwa, now that he’s officially been cast, fans are curious about who will be traveling the universes by his side as the Fourteenth Doctor’s companion. According to RadioTimes, people started talking about a potential candidate at the BAFTAs in London. Who is this person, exactly?

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Is a Bridgerton alum the Doctor’s new companion?

It’s Bridgerton’s Nicola Coughlan, aka Penelope Featherington! Yes, yes, yes! I want this to happen more than anyone can ever understand, but I’m not sure it will. The woman is very busy with Bridgerton, and if the show follows the books she may soon be the main focus.

All the speculation started when Gatwa and Coughlan posed for pictures on the BAFTA red carpet. It didn’t take long for people to start linking them together in a hypothetical Doctor/companion scenario, and I don’t blame them. I think it would be marvelous if this ended up happening, but again, it seems unlikely.

Regardless, there’s no harm in imagining. Maybe they could do a Regency-era episode of Doctor Who where Coughlan’s character meets her Bridgerton counterpart. Are you listening, Russell T Davies?

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h/t RadioTimes