Filming has wrapped for ‘Doctor Who,’ we’ve seen the new sonic screwdriver, had a pair of trailers, and watched as the new Doctor, her companions, and producers attended their first San Diego Comic-Con. All that’s left is for the BBC to announce a premiere date for the new season and as usual, they’re taking their sweet time doing so.
The confirmation last month that we would be getting a Christmas special this year (as is tradition) in addition to the ten episode regular season run gave us enough information to make an educated guess as to when it would air. Simply put, the tenth season would have to wrap by the week of December 16-22nd in order to avoid conflicting with the scheduling of the Christmas special. In order to hit that target, the first episode would have to air no later than October 20th.
So “sometime in October” has looked like a pretty solid bet for the show’s premiere window for some time. But now it’s starting to look like it may premiere even sooner. In the latest issue of the Radio Times, the BBC has confirmed that the new season will begin airing “by October.” That’s still stopping short of a proper premiere announcement, of course, but it certainly makes it sound as though the Thirteenth Doctor will be on the airwaves well before that October 20th cutoff date. In fact, the phrasing opens up the very real possibility that season will start in September, with six weeks to go until the spookiest month of the year, a formal announcement of the date – and the premiere itself for that matter – will likely be coming sooner than any of us expected.
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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.