There is a ton of Doctor Who stuff that dropped, while the highly anticipated new season gears up to begin. First off, episode descriptions for the first two episodes have been released:
Episode One – The Woman Who Fell To Earth
“We don’t get aliens in Sheffield.” In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?
Guest starring Sharon D Clarke, Johnny Dixon and Samuel Oatley. Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs.
Episode Two – The Ghost Monument
Still reeling from their first encounter, can the Doctor and her new friends stay alive long enough, in a hostile alien environment , to solve the mystery of Desolation? And just who are Angstrom and Epzo?
Guest starring Shaun Dooley, Susan Lynch and Art Malik. Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Mark Tonderai.
The most interesting thing seems that episode 2 directly relates to episode 1. Chibnall has been on record saying that season 11 will consist of 10 standalone episodes. But it does seem that there will be connective tissue here.
Showrunner Chris Chibnall has this to say about the new season:
“Finally – Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor is about to crash land on to the nation’s screens. It’s thrilling to think, in the next few weeks and months, there will be children encountering Jodie’s Doctor in the next few weeks who’ve never seen the show before. She’ll be forever their Doctor: you never forget your first.
Alongside Jodie, we have a delightful ensemble of new characters for the audience to fall in love with, led by the incomparable Bradley Walsh.
So break out the popcorn and hunker down for Sunday night adventures in space and time, with the Thirteenth Doctor and her new best friends. The journey’s about to begin.”
Here is a BRAND NEW trailer that was just released this morning:
Additionally, a new promo image has been released, keeping with the aesthetic previously established.
Not only is this the first season for Jodie Whittaker, but it is the first season as showrunner for Chris Chibnall. He has written for the show before, but now he is running it. According to Digital Spy, the condition on which he signed on to do the job was that the new Doctor must be female. Executive Producer Matt Strevens said:
“That’s what Chris wanted, that was part of his conditions of doing the job.”
“It felt like a straightforward decision, it’s not that controversial. It’s very hard to think of many examples in its 55-year history where the Doctor takes a decision based upon gender.”
And in case our Editor-In-Chief MFR is wondering, Chibnall says that Mario can start watching at this current season:
“This series is the perfect stepping on point.
With the new Doctor you’ve got a new beginning, a new opportunity for people to join the show as viewers, for people who might have drifted away or haven’t seen the show for a few years, or 10 years or 20 years; it’s a great time to remind people of how amazing Doctor Who is and to have a restart. But also, it’s a great time for a new generation of children and families to start the habit of gathering around the television together to watch this funny, scary, extraordinary show!”
[Editor’s Note from MFR: “Good. So I’ll begin at this season when I get to this series…in 2021.”]
The 11th Season of Doctor Who airs October 7th, only on BBC One and BBC America (at the same time!)
Source: The BBC