by Graham Pierrepoint
We’re not far from seeing the all-new season of Doctor Who hitting our screens, and as well as there now being the first female Doctor front and center – in the form of Jodie Whittaker – there are a number of other massive changes in play which promise to be very intriguing indeed. Thanks to recent trailer drops for season 11, which will be emerging this fall, and thanks to a panel at San Diego Comic-Con, we now know more than ever about where our new Doctor will be headed – including who she’s travelling with, and who she may be fighting.
▶ Doctor Who Series 11 - Official Teaser Trailer
For the first time in its run, it’s being suggested by new showrunner Chris Chibnall that we may not be seeing returning monsters. “We’ve got lots of new villains, lots of new monsters, lots of new characters for you to fall in love with,” Chibnall confirmed via the Doctor Who panel in San Diego. The news comes as it is being suggested he may not be introducing long-term foes the Daleks for the upcoming season. “We’ve got two weeks left of shooting, and we haven’t seen them yet,” Chibnall stated.
This news will be very interesting – and maybe even controversial – to long-term Whovians, as the show brings in a whole debuting team of companions for the first time in its latest run. While the Doctor has been accompanied by one or two people one and off over the past few seasons, he’ll be joined by three new buddies – Ryan, Yaz and Graham – and this is reportedly an effort to offer as many different viewers an in-road into the show as possible. There will also be no double-header or two-parter episodes this season – something which became a staple during Peter Capaldi’s term as the Doctor, welcomed and argued against to some end.
▶ First Female Doctor Who Talks At Comic-Con
10 brand new episodes following on from Capaldi’s regeneration into Whittaker at the end of season 10 will debut later this year, with the promise of almost a whole new show – at least by the sound of things. Is this the hard reboot that Doctor Who needed? All that remains is the Tardis – and while Whittaker will be the same old Doctor we’ve come to know and love, she will doubtless bring her own twists on the time-travelling Gallifreyan – and we can’t wait to see where things lead in the months to come!