Doctor Who season 11 release date: When will the next series start on the BBC? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

Doctor Who season 11 release date: When will the next series start on the BBC? | TV & Radio | Showbiz & TV

When will Doctor Who season 11 start?

The BBC hasn’t yet confirmed an air date for the new season, however both former showrunner Steven Moffat and the broadcaster said it would be in autumn 2018.

Season 11 is set to be shorter than previous runs of the rebooted sci-fi classic with just 10 episodes rather than the 12 or 13-episode seasons that have previously aired.

However, the format change will also see each episode extended by five minutes from 45 to 50 minute instalments.

Doctor Who season 10 aired in April but the show has been hit with inconsistent scheduling in recent years and ever-changing time slots coinciding with a fall in ratings.

Fans attacked the BBC in 2013 after they were promised the most Doctor Who episodes ever to mark the show’s 50th anniversary. 

In fact only 11 episodes aired – eight from the previous year’s season, an anniversary special and the usual festive edition.

What will happen in Doctor Who season 11?

In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, as reported by Radio Times, Whittaker teased what fans could expect from season 11.

“There is no other job in the world like this, where you can see so many different worlds, meet such amazing characters and speak such extraordinary dialogue,” she said.

The actress continued:”When it’s all put together in one series I hope it will blow the audience’s minds as much as it blows mine when I read each new script.

“It’s never going to feel like [other jobs], because it’s this job and it’s amazing. It’s a world away from any part I’ve played before.”


The Doctor is joined by the Master and Missy in the season 10 finale

Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall has taken over the reins from ex-showrunner Steven Moffat after last year’s Christmas special: Twice Upon A Time.

He has hinted that his version of the show could feature one continuous storyline, in the style of his hit drama Broadchurch.

“What the BBC was after was risk and boldness,” he told the Royal Television Society’s members-only Television magazine.

“I had ideas about what I wanted to do with it.

“When I went to them and said, ‘This is what I would do’, I actually expected them to say, ‘Ooh, let’s talk about that’, but they said: ‘Great!’”

Chibnall has said that he “resisted” signing up to Doctor Who “for a very long time”.

“I finally said yes because I love the show to my bones,” he explained.

Peter Capaldi in Doctor WhoBBC

Peter Capaldi will bow out during this year’s Christmas special

James Strong, one of Chibnall’s frequent collaborators, has hinted that the sci-fi favourite could be in for a radical revamp under its new master.

“It used to be – and I stress this is my personal opinion – at the heart of the schedule, an unmissable family show and, for some reason, it’s slipped a bit from the national consciousness,” he told Television.

“For me, when it goes towards story­lines that are a little bit more for the fans, I think you can lose that general appeal.

“I think Chris is going to offer a slightly different take on what the show should be.”

Chibnall’s first outing will be the final scene of the Christmas special, which will also be the new Doctor’s first appearance.

Moffat explained: “The best and most hilarious thing about it of course is that I stop several minutes before the end of my last episode and he takes over.”

Jodie Whittaker made her debut in last year's Doctor Who Christmas specialBBC

Jodie Whittaker made her debut in last year’s Doctor Who Christmas special

Who will be the new Doctor and assistant?

Jodie Whittaker was announced as the 13th Time Lord last year after the Wimbledon Men’s final in a teasing clip.

The Broadchurch and Trust Me star, 35, told fans not to be “scared” by her gender following the announcement.

“It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible,” she said in a release back in July,

She went on to explain: “This is a really exciting time and Doctor Who represents everything that’s exciting about change. The fans have lived through so many changes and this is only a new, different one, not a fearful one.”  

She will be joined by three new assistants in the form of The Chase host Bradley Walsh and newcomers Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole.

Whittaker made her debut in last year’s Christmas special – Twice Upon A Time – when PEter Capaldi’s 12th incarnation regenerated at the end of the episode.

Actress Sharon D. Clarke has been confirmed by the BBC to have a recurring role in season 11. 

There was previously much speculation about who would be taking on the role of the next Doctor.

My Family star Kris Marshall was widely tipped to take control of the TARDIS, with bookmakers also favouring Phoebe Waller-Bridge to become the first female Doctor.

Doctor Who season 11 will air on BBC One in the autumn.

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