BBC Reveals Doctor Who Details Ahead of New Season

first_img Less than three weeks until we get our first full helping of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor!Until then, the BBC is dropping a few morsels of information—including details of the first two episodes and a gallery of flashy new images.“Finally—Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor is about to crash land on to the nation’s screens,” new showrunner Chris Chibnall said in a statement.“It’s thrilling to think, in the next few weeks and months, there will be children encountering Jodie’s Doctor … who’ve never seen the show before,” he continued. “She’ll be forever their Doctor. You never forget your first.”Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi are all my Doctors (with varying levels of adoration). But there is plenty of room in my heart for Whittaker to kick all their asses.Jodie Whittaker is the Doctor (via BBC)In fact, In fact, casting a female leading lady was part of Chibnall’s conditions for taking the job (previously held for more than a decade by Steven Moffat).“It felt like a straightforward decision, it’s not that controversial,” Chibnall told Digital Spy. “It’s very hard to think of many examples in its 55-year history where the Doctor takes a decision based upon gender.”“We knew in our gut it was about time and it felt like the right decision, and the character is not gender-specific, in any way really,” executive producer Matt Strevens added. “If ever there was a character that was never defined by gender, it’s the Doctor. The Doctor is gender fluid in that sense.”So is Doctor Who‘s schedule: The revamped program is moving from its time-honored Saturday space (where it competed with the Strictly Come Dancing live broadcast) to Sunday nights (where it may interfere with Strictly‘s celebrity results spectacle).Tosin Cole is Ryan Sinclair (via BBC)Episode one, “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” is penned by Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs, who helmed Whittaker’s forest-y reveal:“We don’t get aliens in Sheffield.”In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan, and Graham O’Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?Guest starring Sharon D. Clarke (Holby City), Johnny Dixon (Coronation Street), and Samuel Oatley (Witless), the introductory premiere is scheduled for Oct. 7, time to be announced.Mandip Gill is Yasmin Khan (via BBC)The next chapter, “The Ghost Monument,” also written by Chibnall, and directed by Mark Tonderai, wastes no time, throwing the newly formed quartet straight into another challenge:Still reeling from their first encounter, can the Doctor and her new friends stay alive long enough, in a hostile alien environment, to solve the mystery of Desolation? And just who are Angstrom and Epzo?The Oct. 14 episode features appearances by Shaun Dooley (The Woman in Black), Susan Lynch (Waking Ned Devine), and Art Malik (True Lies).Bradley Walsh is Graham O’Brien (via BBC)“Alongside Jodie, we have a delightful ensemble of new characters for the audience to fall in love with, led by the incomparable Bradley Walsh,” Chibnall boasted.“So break out the popcorn and hunker down for Sunday night adventures in space and time, with the Thirteenth Doctor and her new best friends,” he continued. “The journey’s about to begin.”New to Doctor Who? Don’t worry—so is Jodie Whittaker.Similar to Moffat’s series 10 “reboot,” which introduced new companion Bill to the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his enigmatic world through the eyes of a complete newbie, viewers can expect a fresh start next month.“We wanted to make a series that was very inclusive because for people like me, we’re all very new Whovians as well,” Whittaker said in a BBC interview. “We’re introduced into this world as new fans will be on this season.”You’ve got 18 days to catch up on all things Doctor Who here: Our reactions to the season 11 trailer, find out this year’s writers and directors, and read about our favorite underrated villains of the past 15 years.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster Stay on targetlast_img read more