5. The New Doctor
Let’s begin with the biggest, and most obvious, news: Jodie Whittaker is the new Doctor, you might have known that already. Still, with her debut mere days away it’s worth remembering what a brilliant actor will be taking up residence in the TARDIS once Peter Capaldi takes his final bow. As the first female Doctor in Doctor Who’s nearly five-and-a-half-decades history, Whittaker has a huge amount of pressure on her shoulders. What we know about the 13th Doctor is that she has a swanky new look, a nice change-up from the tailored suits to smart casual look of the three previous Doctor’s, and that she will have a Yorkshire accent. That’s not all though…
4. New Showrunner
Many Who fans are a little sceptical about incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall’s credentials. Out of the four Doctor Who episodes he’s written, none of which are particular fan favourites, David Tennent’s season three episode, “42” is perhaps the best of the bunch. He also hasn’t written an episode of the show for a few years, missing Peter Capaldi’s run completely while making the hit crime show Broadchurch. It’s with Broadchurch that fans have cause for optimism, as Chibnall, for two out of the three seasons, managed to put together a compelling, must-watch crime drama starring former Doctor David Tennent. His one-off episodes may not be up to standard, but Chibnall has proved adept at putting together a great season of television.
3. New Companions
Jodie Whittaker’s TARDIS is going to be a little cramped with the announcement that her Doctor will have three new companions. Actor and TV presenter Bradly Walsh will play Graham, and Toshin Cole and Mandip Gil will play characters named Ryan and Yasmin.
“The new Doctor is going to need new friends,” showrunner Chris Chibnall said in a statement. We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show.”
Apart from character names, and the actors playing them, little else is known about the new companions but it does mean that the show will have a broader cast than the usual Doctor/companion dynamic usually allows.
2. New Tardis?
You would think so wouldn’t you. Apart from David Tennent, every new Doctor has had their own personalised TARDIS interior, if Whittaker is the exception, and she has to shoot her scenes in Capaldi’s TARDIS then the BBC is really cheap.
1. A Cinematic Look
The details of this are incredibly boring, unless you are obsessed with different types of camera equipment. The upside is that, with the help of state of the art camera’, Doctor Who is about to look a lot slicker. The same visual advancement happened between Russel T Davis and Steven Moffat’s tenures, meaning that the BBC is still confident in the show, and brand, that it gets Sherlock money.