Jodie Whittaker arrives as the 13th Doctor in the brand new teaser trailer for Doctor Who season 11, which aired during the World Cup Final between France and Croatia. The long-running sci-fi series will return to BBC America in October 2018.
After making her first appearance as the latest incarnation of the time-traveling alien in the season 10 finale, with Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor bowing out after 3 seasons, Whittaker's Doctor got off to a rocky start when she was thrown out of the Tardis as its console room exploded. She was last seen plummeting to Earth, separated from her beloved spaceship. As if regenerating wasn't stressful enough!
The new teaser was specially shot to herald Whittaker's arrival, and doesn't actually feature any clips from the upcoming season. Still, it's possible that the teaser could contain hints about the upcoming season 13 premiere. Regeneration has been known to sometimes come with odd side effects, so maybe this time we'll see time bending around the Doctor as she adjusts to her new (and rather different) body.
It's almost a year to the day since the BBC announced that Whittaker would be taking on the role as the first female Doctor in the show's history (not counting Joanna Lumley's Doctor in the Comic Relief special The Curse of Fatal Death). The news broke to surprisingly little controversy - perhaps because there had already been speculation about the possibility of a female Doctor for years, and the arrival of Missy proved that Time Lords can change gender when they regenerate.
We probably won't have to wait much longer to see footage from the upcoming season, as there will be a Doctor Who panel at San Diego Comic-Con next week, featuring Whittaker alongside co-stars Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill, as well as new showrunner Chris Chibnall, who is taking over from Steven Moffat. Season 11 will also see new composer Segun Akinola take over from Murray Gold, who has composed the music for the show since it returned to screens in 2005.
As for companions, Whittaker's Doctor will have not one, but three! Tosin Cole (Hollyoaks) will play Ryan, Mandip Gill (Love, Lies and Records) will play Yasmin, and Bradley Walsh (Coronation Street) will play Graham. We're looking forward to finding out more about the upcoming season soon, and we'll keep continue to keep you updated on the latest news.