The Doctor has a new face in the first Doctor Who season 11 trailer, along with a whole team of companions to join them on their adventures in time and space. Jodie Whittaker becomes the first woman to portray The Doctor on the show in season 11 and her look as the wayward Time Lord has already been showcased in a number of promotional images, along with a season 11 teaser that aired during the 2018 World Cup Final. Now, however, the first actual footage of Whittaker in the show has been unveiled.
Whittaker's Doctor will be joined next season by three new human companions, in the form of Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK) as Graham, Mandip Gill (Hollyoaks) as Yasmin Khan, and Tosin Cole (another Hollyoaks veteran) as Ryan Sinclair. Things are changing on the show behind the camera too, now that longtime series writer and producer Steven Moffat has stepped down as showrunner (a position he served in from seasons 5-10) and Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnail has taken his spot. Of course, change is nothing new for The Doctor and the trailer promises season 11 will also deliver everything fans already love about this sci-fi/fantasy series.
Following its premiere during the Doctor Who Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the BBC has released the official season 11 trailer online, for everyone to watch. The panel also included a funny video where Whittaker travels across the world from Cardiff to San Diego, in order to arrive in time for the International Comic-Con festivities. You can check out that video below, along with the first official poster for season 11.
This trailer is more of a teaser than anything else and shows Whittaker as The Doctor traveling to different worlds with her newfound companions, some (short) time after having regenerated from Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor (see also the shot of Whittaker still wearing Capaldi's outfit from the last three seasons). Meanwhile, the poster offers the first proper look at the Doctor's new Sonic Screwdriver in season 11. It was further revealed at the Doctor Who SDCC panel that viewers will find out how Whittaker's Doctor "comes by this Screwdriver" in the first episode of the new season.
While there are no aliens or non-humans in the trailer (save for The Doctor), Chibnail promised the Hall H crowd "There will be a lot of new monsters this year" on Doctor Who. The showrunner further revealed that season 11, which will run 10 episodes, will feature standalone stories every episode and "less old stuff returning, more new treats". Indeed, Chibnail and his cast were keen to emphasize that this season is the perfect jumping-on point for not only newcomers to the Who-verse, but also longtime fans who have felt the series could use a fresh take in recent years (and thus, didn't really tune in for the last few seasons). Count us among those excited to see what the series has up its sleeves this season, for those reasons.
Doctor Who season 11 premieres this fall on BBC and BBC America.