Ahead of the show’s return next Sunday, showrunner Chris Chibnall has revealed more details about Doctor Who: Flux in a new interview with the BBC.

With only a week to go until Doctor Who returns to our screens, showrunner Chris Chibnall has revealed some more details about what we can expect from the new series in an interview with the BBC. In this interview, he speaks about his vision for Doctor Who: Flux, as well as the creatures we can expect to see the Doctor, Yaz, and Dan come up against across this six-part adventure.

Doctor Who - S13 Ep1 - Yaz (MANDIP GILL), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Dan (JOHN BISHOP) - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: James Pardon
Doctor Who – S13 Ep1 – Yaz (MANDIP GILL), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Dan (JOHN BISHOP) – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: James Pardon

What was your vision for the series?

My vision for the series was [to create] a massive story – bigger than we’ve ever told with Jodie’s Doctor. And to start with an episode that feels like a finale and carry on from there and play out the rest of the story. I wanted it to be really epic, to be fun with lots of cliffhangers, to be surprising, and to really do things we hadn’t yet done with the Thirteenth Doctor.

What can people expect from the series?

People can expect a rollercoaster of a ride, very different episodes, six very specific chapters, lots of different places in time and space, lots of returning monsters, some really brilliant guest stars, some brand-new monsters and some of my favourite cliffhangers we’ve done!

Doctor Who S13 - Yaz (MANDIP GILL), Dan (JOHN BISHOP), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: James Pardon
Doctor Who S13 – Yaz (MANDIP GILL), Dan (JOHN BISHOP), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: James Pardon

How do you write new characters/monsters?

I think you’re always thinking, “Who is interesting for the Doctor to come up against? Who is going to reveal new things about the Doctor?” But with villains and monsters generally you’re looking for an interesting visual, an interesting idea, something that will be scary or fun or a mix of both and an underlying character that will be great for an actor to play or great for the Doctor, Dan or Yaz to be going up against.

Who are the Ravagers?

They are a couple of characters who we meet who are creatures of another dimension who have a history with the Doctor – but I even think with this I am giving too much away!

The Swarm are set to be major villains in Flux (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: James Pardon Doctor Who Series 13 Sam Spruell
The Ravagers are set to be major villains in Flux (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: James Pardon

Why is it important to bring back monsters from the past like Sontarans and Weeping Angels?

First of all, it’s a joy. I think it’s always lovely to connect back into the history of the show as the history is so rich and varied. Bringing back the Sontarans was a story I really wanted to do… I felt like there hadn’t been a big Sontaran story for quite a long time. They have a great mix of threat and humour, they’re very identifiable, they’re great characters as well – a brilliant creation by Robert Holmes. They’re great because they have range. They’re dangerous, they’re violent, they’re also funny and that’s a great mix for Doctor Who. With the Weeping Angels, I really wanted Jodie to come up against them and we’d been thinking about a story for her for a long time, testing out ideas. They are genuinely scary and a brilliant creation by Steven Moffat and they haven’t been in a main Doctor Who story for nine years so they were due to come back as well. There’s lots of ideas you can explore around Weeping Angels so we’ve had a lot of fun with them.

Doctor Who - S13 - Sontaran - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: James Pardon
Doctor Who – S13 – Sontaran – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: James Pardon

Can you tease us about what the Flux is?

The title of the serial is Flux, it’s divided into six chapters, and the Flux is a mysterious event that is going to have an effect on all the characters in the story.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One and BBC iPlayer at 6.25pm on Oct 31st

A universe-spanning adventure in space and time starring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop. On Halloween, all across the universe, terrifying forces are stirring. From the Arctic Circle to deep space, an ancient evil is breaking free. And in present day Liverpool, the life of Dan Lewis is about to change forever. Why is the Doctor on the trail of the fearsome Karvanista? And what is the Flux?

Doctor Who S13 Ep1 - Karvanista, The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: James Pardon
Doctor Who S13 Ep1 – Karvanista, The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: James Pardon

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