a new time lord and a new showrunner means that 2018 is a year of renewal for Doctor Who...
Our first look at the new Doctor.
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The new showrunner is Chris Chibnall, who has previously penned five episodes for the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors (“42”, “The Hungry Earth”, “Cold Blood”, “Dinosaurs On A Spaceship” and “The Power Of Three”) as well as showrunning the first two seasons of Torchwood. But it’s undoubtedly ITV crime drama/Dorset tourist ad Broadchurch which led to his hiring. After one of the biggest shows on British TV, the BBC is clearly hoping some of Chibnall’s ratings magic will rub off here.
The casting of Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor is arguably the biggest change in the show’s history. Whittaker is best known for much grittier roles – including the one that she played for Chibnall, grieving mum Beth Latimer in Broadchurch. A terrific actress who has also had major parts in the likes of Trust Me, The Smoke and Black Mirror, it’s going to be fascinating to see what she brings to the Time Lord.
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The only solid indicator of this Doctor’s personality, so far, is her costume. In the first released photo she’s decked out in a colourful ensemble that’s both on-trend and practical, subtly eccentric without going the full question-marks-onthe-collars route. Celebrity fashion expert Tom Fitzgerald of Tomand-Lorenzo. com describes it as “bold and colourful, awkward and off-kilter, whimsical and just a little kick-ass.” He also notes that the outfit “combines traits of almost all the Doctor’s previous iterations and costumes. It shows both a respect for the character’s history and where this version of it sits in that history”.
Season 11 will consist of 10 episodes, rather than the 12 or 13 we’ve become accustomed to. The show will be expanding in other ways, however, with episode length extending to 50 minutes and a full hour for the first instalment. There’s no word, as yet, on if the show will retain its Christmas episode, but given its key place in the Yuletide schedules, it would be a big surprise if it didn’t. There are also rumours – unverified at this time – that the show may adopt more of a serial format.
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Another suggestion that we’re heading into new territory is the choice of companions – or rather, the number. There hasn’t been a regular four-person TArDIS team since Peter Davison’s days. Hollyoaks actors Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole will be playing so-far unnamed characters, while UK quiz show godhead Bradley Walsh will be playing Graham. A long-time fan, he also previously appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures as the Pied Piper.
The new season of Doctor Who launches in autumn 2018.
“Off-kilter, whimsical and a little kick-ass.”
Jodie Whittaker hangs out with the new cast of Doctor Who.