Everything we know about the upcoming series of Doctor Who - right here!
With Peter Capaldi about the vacate the TARDIS, incoming show-runner Chris Chibnall's first task was to appoint a new face to the old name. Jodie Whittaker will play the Doctor and will be the first woman in the show's history, to do so.
Whittaker and Chibnall have collaborated in the past on the hit ITV series, Broadchurch.
Upon her reveal, Whittaker said:
"I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey – with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It's more than an honour to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can't wait.
"I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way."
Meet the Companions
With Pearl Mackie's time on Doctor Who coming to it's end this Christmas, the new Doctor is going to need a new companion. Multiple in fact!
As previously reported by The Mirror back in August, it has been confirmed that Bradley Walsh will be joining Jodie Whittaker in the TARDIS, as Graham.
Doctor Who fans will know Walsh from his parts in 'The Sarah Jane Adventures' episode The Day of the Clown. Others will know him as the host of ITV's 'The Chase' and also as DS Ronnie Brooks in 'Law & Order: UK', which he originally worked on with Chris Chibnall.
Joining Walsh will be former Hollyoaks stars Mandip Gill as Yasmin, and Tosin Cole as Ryan. Holby City star Sharon D. Clarke will appear in the series in what the BBC describes as a "returning role" - the capacity of which has not yet been confirmed.
On his announcement, Bradley Walsh said:
“I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor. Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d watch most of it from behind the sofa through my fingers, I became a fan. I then queued up for ages to get into the Carlton picture house in Watford to watch the great Peter Cushing appear as the Doctor in a full length feature film made in glorious colour. Am I thrilled to be part of this whole ground breaking new dawn for the Doctor?? Oh yes!”
Mandip Gill said:
“I am over the moon to be joining the Doctor Who family. This is an iconic show with an amazing fanbase and I look forward to everything that brings. Certain roles seem unattainable and this is one of those, so much so I didn't believe it to be true for the first few weeks. To be working alongside the likes of Jodie, Bradley and my old friend Tosin is thrilling. This show is worlds away from the work I've done previously and that's the part that excites me the most.”
And Tosin Cole added:
"I'm grateful and excited to be a part of this journey with the team. I'm looking forward to jumping in this Doctor Who universe."
Chris Chibnall also added:
“The new Doctor is going to need new friends. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show.”
And the Doctor herself also had something to say about her new companions:
"I am so excited to share this huge adventure with Mandip, Tosin and Bradley. It's a dream team!"
Who's in Charge?
Back in January 2016, the BBC announced that Steven Moffat would be standing down after the 2017 Christmas special, and that he would be replaced by regular Doctor Who contributor and Broadchurch creator, Chris Chibnall.
Chibnall explained, on his appointment to showrunner, that "What the BBC was after was risk and boldness," suggesting there are some key changes in store for the show, possibly even bolder than the casting of a female Doctor. One potential idea suggests that Series 11 may utilise a whole series story, similar to the format of Broadchurch. When asked if this approach was possible for Doctor Who, Chibnall said 'yes.'
Joining Chibnall as executive producers, and replacing Brian Minchin, are Matt Strevens and Sam Hoyle. Strevens served as a producer on Mark Gatiss' 50th Anniversary docudrama 'An Adventure in Space and Time' and Hoyle worked as a script executive on 'Broadchurch.'
Who are the Writers?
We've had little confirmation about who may be writing for Series 11. Chris Chibnall will most definitely write a selection of scripts, if not all, as he has done - bar one - for Broadchurch. Like with Russell T. Davies before him, Steven Moffat has ruled out a return to the show, and Mark Gatiss and Jamie Mathieson are both unsure whether or not they'll will be returning too.
In 2016, Radio Times reported that Chibnall was exploring the possibility of using an American style 'writer's room' for the series, which would certainly be a new and exciting approach for the show, and one that could be necessary if the series does move to a Broadchurch-esque format. And if it doesn't follow this approach, a writers room could still lend a hand in ensuring any story arcs aren't too convoluted as they can quite easily become.
When Will it Air?
Series 11 will air in Autumn 2018. The series will run for 10 episodes, 9 of which will be 50 minutes in length. The series opener will be 60 minutes.