Doctor Who Series 11 Premiere
Whovians have had a long dry spell without their favorite Timelord. Their wait is finally over as Doctor Who series 11 begins on October 7th. With the new series, there will be a few changes, one of the most noticeable is the lead role. For the first time in its nearly 55-year history, the Doctor will be female.
The actress to play this iconic role is Jodie Whittaker, of Broadchurch fame. Accompanying Jodie in the TARDIS is Bradley Walsh as Graham, Tosin Cole as Ryan, and Mandip Gill as Yasmin (Yaz). The TARDIS will certainly be a bit more crowded than it has since the Ponds left in series 7. Leading Team TARDIS is new showrunner Chris Chibnall, who has written for Doctor Who in the past.
Another huge change is the day the program airs. For the past 54 years, the Doctor landed in our living rooms on Saturdays. Chibnall decided to move the series to Sundays so that the entire family can sit down and enjoy the program while winding down the weekend. In typical Doctor Who fashion, the series premiere will be simulcast across the world at the same time. This means you better check your local listings for actual time. On the east coast, the series airs at 1:45 pm on BBC America. Fans at the New York Comic Con get to watch the premiere, which will be followed by a panel with Jodie Whittaker, Chris Chibnall, and executive producer Matt Strevens. An encore of the show will be aired again at 8 pm ET, which is when the remainder of the series will air.
The first episode of the series is titled The Woman Who Fell to Earth and is set in a South Yorkshire city. Her new companions Ryan, Yasmin, and Graham run into the Doctor after she has fallen from the sky. Unable to remember her name, the trio no doubt has trust issues as they get to know this mysterious woman. They look to her to help solve the strange events occurring across the city.
To get Whovians raring to go, BBC America has a 13-day Doctor Who marathon featuring all of the Doctors since the series reboot. So, get your sonic screwdrivers (or sunglasses) ready to overload on the Doctor.