“It’s about time.”
Hey, didn’t they use a similar line for the 1996 TV movie? Never mind. All that’s old becomes new again. And that’s certainly true of Doctor Who series 11. Jodie Whittaker becomes the 13th Doctor in the latest run taking over from Peter Capaldi. And there have been plenty of changes behind the scenes as Broadchurch creator and former Torchwood head writer Chris Chibnall takes on duties as showrunner alongside a whole new writing team made up of Malorie Blackman, Ed Hime, Pete McTighe, Vinay Patel, and Joy Wilkinson.
There’s new talent behind the camera too with Jamie Childs directing four of the series 10 episodes including the Sheffield-set series opener ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’ with Mark Tonderai, Sallie Aprahamian and Jennifer Perrott each behind the camera on two episodes. The Christmas special is being directed by Wayne Yip who worked on series 10 directing the ‘The Lie of the Land’ and ‘Empress of Mars’.
Composer Murray Gold has also now departed having been behind the music since 2005 with Segun Akinola coming on board to score and reinvent Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire’s classic theme tune.
The trailer itself doesn’t really show too much. Sure there’s a look at some spacey effects, glimpses of the three new companions – Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh), Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) and Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) – and the Doctor saying some Doctor-y things but you don’t really get a sense of the tone of the show, other than it appears to be a more colourful that recent runs and that using modern pop music just makes it feel like a CBBC trailer. There’s no monsters, no TARDIS, nothing really that makes it look that like Doctor Who. But perhaps that’s the point.
Doctor Who series 11 begins on BBC One on Sunday 7th October at 6.45pm.