The BBC has announced in a tweet the end of filming for Series 11 of Doctor Who.
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) August 3, 2018
It’s all very exciting now, however what the BBC didn’t announce was when we might expect to see the new series on our television screens. Will Doctor Who Series 11 have an early Autumn air date, perhaps in September or October? Or will we have to wait until early in 2019. Heaven forbid!
At last month’s San Diego Comic-Con Doctor Who panel, show runner Chris Chibnall gave nothing away when it came to an air date. He did say, however, that there are exciting times ahead saying that it’s “pretty much all new.” Chibnall said that we can expect new stories, new monsters… and probably not many familiar faces (at the time, there were no returning villains). Jodie Whittaker, who plays the Thirteenth Doctor, agreed, saying Series 11 is for Whovians as well as people who’ve never seen the show before. You don’t need the full 55-year history to tune in and enjoy. In fact, each episode is self-contained, so you won’t feel left out even if you miss one. In Chibnall’s own words, it’s the most inclusive, accessible, mainstream, and entertaining form of Doctor Who you can get. A concentrated hit of everything viewers love about the show, in a bid to remind (or convince!) you that it’s the great idea television has ever had.
Indeed, inclusiveness and accessibility are recurring themes. Series 11 will feature Doctor Who’s first ever writers of colour, with diversity among the directors and editors as well. Production was described as having an “academy” feel, offering training opportunities across all areas of the show. After all, Doctor Who should be the most inclusive show on television. As Tosin Cole chimed in: “it’s 2018, everyone deserves the work!”
New Best Friends
Plenty of series stalwarts will be revitalised for the new season. You’ll no doubt have noticed that Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), and Graham (Bradley Walsh) are labelled as friends rather than companions. According to Chibnall, this is not a change, rather an “evolution”. Just as companions were once assistants, the language is regenerating to feel more natural and contemporary.
And what of Doctor Who’s most iconic feature of all: the TARDIS? At SDCC the cast, understandably, were a little hesitant when questioned about it. Chris Chibnall, meanwhile, made no promise we’d see a new TARDIS interior this year – or even a new TARDIS at all. “It exploded!” he handily reminded everyone how Twice Upon a Time ended. Knowingly though, he also added (regarding their entire approach to spoilers): “when it’s ready, we’ll show it to you”. As the countdown to Series 11 begins, remember – good things come to those who wait…
Doctor Who Series 11 launches Autumn 2018. Stay tuned to Blogtor Who for all the latest announcements!