Ever since Peter Capaldi left the show last Christmas, ‘Doctor Who’ fans have been wondering when we’d finally get a proper introduction to Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor. For a while, the best guess seemed to be San Diego Comic Con, as the cast and producers are scheduled to attend and it would hardly be the first time a hotly anticipated trailer debuted at Southern California’s premier pop culture expo. But as it turns out, we may be meeting her sooner than we thought.
As the official ‘Doctor Who’ Twitter account put it, “The World Cup may not be coming home, but the TARDIS is on its way.” That’s right; footage from the upcoming season of ‘Doctor Who’ will air during the World Cup Final on Sunday, July 15th. Described in the tweet as an “exclusive first look of new Doctor Who and friends,” it’s not entirely clear whether we’re getting a full trailer, but the promise of introducing both the new Doctor and her companions certainly makes it sound as though we can expect more than a typical teaser.
Incongruous as it might seem, this isn’t the first time the BBC has timed their promotion of ‘Doctor Who’ to coincide with a sporting event. In fact, it was only a year ago (very nearly to the day, in fact) that we learned Jodie Whittaker had been cast as the Thirteenth Doctor in an announcement video that aired during the Wimbledon Men’s Finals
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‘Doctor Who’ will return later this year for its eleventh season. This season will see the arrival of new showrunner Chris Chibnall and the Thirteenth Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker. In addition to Whittaker, the new season will star Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gil.