JODIE WHIT­TAKER

a new time lord and a new showrun­ner means that 2018 is a year of re­newal for Doc­tor Who...

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Our first look at the new Doc­tor.

from dorSet to gal­lifrey

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.

doC­tor new!

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.

the ClotheS Show

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”.

new for­mat

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.

wait... THAT bradley walSh?

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.

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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.

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