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Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker is given a hug by co-star John Bishop on series 13 set


Jodie Whittaker was seen receiving a hug from her co-star John Bishop during a break from filming series 13.

The actress, 38, appeared to be being comforted by the comedian, 54, while they headed to set in Bristol with Mandip Gill on Monday.

While they walked between sets, Jodie and John were seen talking to each other before she wrapped an arm around his waist and he draped his over her shoulders for a brief embrace. 

Pals: Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker was comforted by co-star John Bishop as he gave her a hug while taking a break from the set of series 13 in Bristol on Monday

Pals: Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker was comforted by co-star John Bishop as he gave her a hug while taking a break from the set of series 13 in Bristol on Monday

While it is unclear why Jodie needed a hug from her co-star, she appeared downcast as John offered to comfort her. 

Jodie was seen in costume as the iconic Time Lord as she donned a purple shirt with colourful stripes and tucked it into a pair of blue dungaree trousers. 

She completed her look with a pair of lace-up boots and colourful socks, while she also carried a large coat and drinks with her on the way to set.

John, meanwhile, transformed into The Doctor’s new companion Dan by wearing a blue baseball jacket over a plaid shirt and denim jeans.

Comfort: Jodie and John were seen talking to each other before she wrapped an arm around his waist and he draped his over her shoulders for a brief embrace.

Comfort: Jodie and John were seen talking to each other before she wrapped an arm around his waist and he draped his over her shoulders for a brief embrace.

Upset? While it is unclear why Jodie needed a hug from her co-star, she appeared downcast as John offered to comfort her

Upset? While it is unclear why Jodie needed a hug from her co-star, she appeared downcast as John offered to comfort her

Co-stars: Mandip Gill was seen following closely behind the pair

 Co-stars: Mandip Gill was seen following closely behind the pair

The trio’s day on set together comes after rumours emerged that Jodie will leave Doctor Who after series 13.

In March, the BBC refused to comment on speculation, after it was reported that the screen star handed in her notice for the show. 

Jodie reportedly told BBC bosses that she won’t be returning to the popular series following the conclusion of the upcoming series 13.

Supportive: John leaned his head on Jodie's as they hugged briefly

Supportive: John leaned his head on Jodie’s as they hugged briefly

In character: Jodie was seen in costume as the iconic Time Lord as she donned a purple shirt with colourful stripes and tucked it into a pair of blue dungaree trousers

In character: Jodie was seen in costume as the iconic Time Lord as she donned a purple shirt with colourful stripes and tucked it into a pair of blue dungaree trousers

Ensemble: Jodie completed her look with a pair of lace-up boots and colourful socks, while she also carried a large coat and drinks with her on the way to set

Ensemble: Jodie completed her look with a pair of lace-up boots and colourful socks, while she also carried a large coat and drinks with her on the way to set

That will mark a three-year run for the actress, which is about average for recent actors playing the time-travelling alien.

Matt Smith, David Tennant and Peter Capaldi also appeared on Doctor Who for three series each, while Christopher Eccleston only appeared on one series after the show was revived in 2005. 

According to a source for The Mirror, the show is already at work on figuring out how Whittaker will be replaced by the Fourteenth Doctor.

‘It’s all very hush-hush but it is known on set that Jodie is leaving and they are gearing up for a regeneration,’ a source said.

Casual: John, meanwhile, transformed into The Doctor's new companion Dan by wearing a blue baseball jacket over a plaid shirt and denim jeans

Casual: John, meanwhile, transformed into The Doctor’s new companion Dan by wearing a blue baseball jacket over a plaid shirt and denim jeans

Rumours: The trio's day on set together comes after rumours emerged that Jodie will leave Doctor Who after series 13

Rumours: The trio’s day on set together comes after rumours emerged that Jodie will leave Doctor Who after series 13

Reaction: In March, the BBC refused to comment on speculation, after it was reported that the screen star handed in her notice for the show

Reaction: In March, the BBC refused to comment on speculation, after it was reported that the screen star handed in her notice for the show

‘Her departure is top secret but at some point over the coming months the arrival of the 14th Doctor will need to be filmed. It’s very exciting.’

As with previous Doctors, at the end of Whittaker’s tenure her character will ‘regenerate’ into a new form, at which point the next actor will take over the role.

Jodie made history in July 2017 when she was announced as the first-ever female doctor after Peter Capaldi ended his run.    

Departing? Jodie reportedly told BBC bosses that she won't be returning to the popular series following the conclusion of the upcoming series 13

Departing? Jodie reportedly told BBC bosses that she won’t be returning to the popular series following the conclusion of the upcoming series 13

Run: If she does leave, it will mark a three-year run for the actress, which is about average for recent actors playing the time-travelling alien

Normal: Matt Smith, David Tennant and Peter Capaldi also appeared on Doctor Who for three series each, while Christopher Eccleston only appeared on one series after the show was revived in 2005

Run: If she does leave, it will mark a three-year run for the actress, which is about average for recent actors playing the time-travelling alien

Claims: According to a source for The Mirror at the time, the show is already at work on figuring out how Whittaker will be replaced by the Fourteenth Doctor

Claims: According to a source for The Mirror at the time, the show is already at work on figuring out how Whittaker will be replaced by the Fourteenth Doctor

Earlier this year, Mandip revealed that bosses are ‘open’ to casting a ‘woman of colour’ as the next Time Lord. 

The actress, who plays Yasmin Khan in the sci-fi series, said that ‘there’s definitely room for change,’ when it comes to diversifying the show’s cast, following reports that Jodie has quit the role after four years in the TARDIS.

It comes after Who was universally praised by fans for introducing its first ever black Doctor, played by Jo Martin in a shocking twist that saw the time traveller learn of numerous incarnations from her past.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Mandip said she could see another black actor taking on the famous role, as bosses are yet to confirm rumours that Jodie will leave the show later this year. 

She said: ‘I think there’s a long way to go but there’s definitely room for change. And actually, I think at the BBC and at Doctor Who they are very open and forward-thinking, so yes.’ 

Mandip joined the cast as Yaz alongside Jodie’s Doctor in 2018, and will appear alongside John when he joins the series as the new companion Dan later this year. 

Making her mark: Jodie made history in July 2017 when she was announced as the first-ever female doctor after Peter Capaldi ended his run

 Making her mark: Jodie made history in July 2017 when she was announced as the first-ever female doctor after Peter Capaldi ended his run



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