When is Doctor Who season 11 released?
The 2017 Christmas special saw 12th Doctor (played by Peter Capaldi) regenerate into Broadchurch’s Jodie Whittaker, who was seen tumbling through the air as she fell out of the TARDIS.
It was also the last episode for showrunner Steven Moffat, who left the show after seven years. He has been replaced by Broadchurch’s Chris Chibnall, who previously worked on spin-off Torchwood and has written five previous episodes of Doctor Who.
He also wrote the last moments of the Christmas special in 2017, including new Doctor Jodie Whittaker’s first words.
Production on the 11th season began in October 2017, when it was revealed that Jodie would be joined on her travels through space and time by Hollyoaks’ Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, as well as The Chase presenter Bradley Walsh.
Although no exact release date has been confirmed by the BBC, it is assumed that the season will air in time for the Doctor Who Christmas special, which has been a part of the series since it was rebooted in 2005.
How many episodes are in Doctor Who season 11?
Doctor Who season 11 will have 10 new episodes.
This is slightly less than previous seasons. During the Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith years, the show usually had 13 episodes per season plus a Christmas special.
All three of Peter Capaldi’s seasons were 12 episodes long followed by a festive edition.
However, the new season episodes will be slightly longer. Each episode will be 50 minutes, except for a 65-minute premiere.
This is an increase from previous seasons, which have tended to have 45-minute instalments.
What will happen in Doctor Who season 11?
Though the BBC and showrunner Chris Chibnall have been tight-lipped about what Jodie Whittaker will be facing as the first female Doctor, a few details have been revealed.
In January 2018, the Who crew as spotted in Cape Town, South Africa on a set that featured vintage cars from the 1950s and 1960s.
The Good Wife star Alan Cumming also let slip on a podcast that he would be appearing in season 11 as King James I. He then said in a Twitter video, “I’d told the Homo Sapiens podcast that I was doing it before Doctor Who told me it was supposed to be a big secret”
Other behind the scenes photos seem to show a present-day adventure being shot in Sheffield, where Whitaker was seen in her Doctor Who outfit consisting of a long coat, rainbow-striped T-shirt and culottes for the first time.
Another eagle-eyed fan captured images of K-9, the fan favourite robot dog that was a companion to Fourth Doctor Tom Baker and previously appeared in David Tennant episode School Reunion. It is not known whether other classic characters like the Daleks or Cybermen will be appearing.
Who will be in Doctor Who season 11?
Alongside Walsh, Gill and Cole, who will be playing companions called Graham, Yasmin Khan and Ryan Sinclair respectively, a few other cast members have been revealed.
Sharon D Clarke, known for her appearance as Lola Griffin on Holby City, will feature in what is being called a “returning role”.
Another actor who will appear in season 11 is comedian Lee Mack, who is appearing in what he has called a “blink and you’ll miss it” part.
Previous companions Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) have both announced that they will not be returning to the show for season 11.
Michelle Gomez, who played the 12th Doctor’s main nemesis Missy (a female regeneration of classic Who villain The Master) has also announced that season 10 would be her last appearance on the show.
Doctor Who will return to BBC One in autumn 2018.