Doc­tor Who time trav­els across the week­end … to Sun­day night!

Daily Mail - - News - By Alisha Rouse Show­busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

‘New Time Lord, new home’

AS THE gal­axy’s favourite time- trav­el­ling alien, the Doc­tor has a habit of leap­ing from one mind-bog­glingly dis­tant era to an­other.

But now the Time Lord is mak­ing a much more mod­est trip – from Satur­day to Sun­day night.

The BBC has an­nounced Doc­tor Who will be broad­cast on a Sun­day for the first time on Oc­to­ber 7, when Jodie Whit­taker will make her de­but as the Time Lord.

It was an­nounced last year that the Broad­church star, 36, would be the first woman to play the Doc­tor. She will be joined by com­pan­ions Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh.

The move away from Satur­day, when the BBC One sci-fi show has tra­di­tion­ally aired, is the lat­est in­di­ca­tion that TV au­di­ences are be­com­ing more in­clined to tune in to big shows on Sun­days. Hit dra­mas – in­clud­ing Body­guard, Van­ity Fair and Poldark – are in­creas­ingly be­ing shown on Sun­days and draw­ing huge num­bers of view­ers.

Mean­while, dwin­dling Satur­day night au­di­ences are watch­ing long-run­ning tal­ent shows such as The X Fac­tor and Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent.

Strictly Come Danc­ing, one of the BBC’s big­gest rat­ings suc­cesses, is screened on both Satur­day and Sun­days.

The sched­ul­ing change fol­lows com­plaints from pre­vi­ous Doc­tor Peter Ca­paldi that his show was ‘not be­ing looked af­ter’. In 2016 he told Newsweek that BBC ex­ec­u­tives were ‘push­ing it around’ in favour of Strictly. Chris Chib­nall, Doc­tor Who’s new head writer, said yes­ter­day: ‘ New Doc­tor, new home … Jodie Whit­taker’s Doc­tor is about to burst into Sun­day nights – and make the end of the week­end so much more ex­cit­ing.’

It came as Miss Whit­taker showed off a sleek blonde bob in a pho­to­shoot for Marie Claire. The York­shire-born ac­tress told the mag­a­zine: ‘For the first time in my life, I am not play­ing a stereo­typ­i­cal woman.

‘This job cel­e­brates change more than any other role – you have a phys­i­cal re­gen­er­a­tion, so cast­ing [a woman] sup­ports that story.’

The first Sun­day night episode of Body­guard, which stars Kee­ley Hawes, saw the high­est launch fig­ure for any UK drama since records be­gan in 2006. Some 10.4mil­lion tuned in live and on catch-up.

Doc­tor Who has pre­vi­ously aired spe­cials on a Sun­day but never an en­tire se­ries. The ti­tle char­ac­ter has pre­vi­ously been played by stars in­clud­ing Matt Smith, David Ten­nant and Jon Per­twee.

Changed man: Jon Per­twee as the Doc­tor in the 70s. Right: Jodie Whit­taker

On cover of Marie Claire

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