Jodie Whittaker mans the Tardis for her final instalment as The Doctor

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Jodie Whittaker was spotted manning the Tardis for her final instalments as Doctor Who in Cardiff on Monday. 

The 39-year-old actress – and the show’s first female doctor – confirmed in July that she was leaving the sci-fi programme after four years.   

Her departure will play out across a three-part special with the first episode airing in autumn 2022, and Monday’s scenes took the crew to Grange Gardens, Grangetown, where Jodie looked right at home back in the iconic time machine. 

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The thirteenth incarnation of The Doctor sported a striped navy tee tucked into the same coloured trousers, layering the attire with a grey jacket. 

For the majority of the captured filming moments, Jodie remained in the Tardis, which outwardly appears as a British police box.

The West Yorkshire native, who described her four-year stint manning the Tardis as being ‘the best job I ever had’, also stopped to chat with crew members in-between takes.  

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Jodie was first said to have made the decision to leave in January, with reports at the time discussing a fall in viewership, which has been declining for five years. 

It was reported that Jodie and showrunner Chris Chibnall, who is also walking away from the show, had attracted just half the audience during their paring compared to what the Russell T Davies-led, David Tennant-fronted version of the show did. 

The Telegraph reported at the beginning of the year that episodes were drawing in fewer than 5million viewers.  The paper added that such numbers are ‘not dissimilar to when the show was axed in 1989’.   

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The season finale of series 12 had a total TV audience of 4.6million, making it the lowest Doctor Who has ever had. The previous all-time low was 4.7million in 2017.

Series 12 saw an average viewership of 5.4million. 

Peter Capaldi, who preceded Jodie as the Time Lord, offered some words of comfort to her following the news of her Doctor Who departure, insisting she’s capable of enduring the ’emotional turmoil’ Matt Smith suffered when he left the role.  

The actor, 63, played the Doctor between 2013 and 2017, following in the footsteps of Matt, 38, who took on the part from 2010 to 2013.

Peter recalled his experience of seeing Matt depart the hit BBC show in a bid to offer Jodie, 39, some support, telling the Radio Times: ‘Well, Jodie’s lovely and amazing. I’m sure she can handle all of that without any advice from me. She’s brilliant.

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