Jodie Whittaker’s incarnation of The Doctor will time-travel in her very own TARDIS interior! The new series will bring about many changes, including longer episodes. As we already know, this year’s Christmas episode of the series will be the final curtain for both Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi and current showrunner Steven Moffat. The two will be replaced by Whittaker and Chris Chibnall, respectively. Whittaker will become the first female incarnation of the iconic character.
Very little is known about the future of ‘Doctor Who’, although rumors are circulating that the new companion could be filled by actor and game show host Bradley Walsh. With the Thirteenth Doctor marking the first female incarnation of the titular Time Lord, ‘Doctor Who‘s’ upcoming season already promises to be a significantly different affair both on and off camera.
According to recent reports, the next season of ‘Doctor Who’ will not only feature a new design for the interior of the TARDIS, but also a newly designed Sonic Screwdriver to help Whittaker out of sticky situations (except those involving wood). Season Eleven will also feature longer episodes, with each clocking in at 60 minutes, rather than the usual 45. This change comes with a slight catch, as the episode count for the upcoming run will be reduced to 10, which is lower than usual.
While a change in the Sonic Screwdriver design between seasons has become an expected part of the show, TARDIS overhauls don’t always occur post-regeneration, as seen with David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor who retained the décor from Christopher Eccleston’s incarnation. The most significant change here is undoubtedly the change in season structure. Even the most dedicated Whovians can admit that some episodes of recent seasons didn’t add much to the overall series, so doing away with some filler to give more time to each individual story could be a smart move on Chibnall’s part.
Though these changes could prove positive, the new showrunner should be wary of making ‘Doctor Who’ unrecognizable from seasons past. When Steven Moffat took over for Russell T. Davies, he overhauled the series, and although Matt Smith’s Doctor was ultimately a roaring success, the new elements did take a few episodes to find their footing.
Moffat has reportedly viewed some of the new footage for the series and is confident it will resonate with fans. Moffat said:
“Doctor Who has an amazing future, and I’ve seen part of it.”
Doctor Who Season Eleven is expected to premiere in late 2018 on the BBC.