The official trailer for Doctor Who season 11 has arrived. Broadchurch alumni Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall are leading the new season, as the newly regenerated Doctor and series showrunner respectively. Anxious "Whovians" who've been waiting to see the show's much-discussed new stylistic directions for months now have some very definitive clues.
The 2017 Doctor Who Christmas special saw Peter Capaldi's 12th Doctor bid farewell to his companion Bill Potts, and regenerate into the first female incarnation of the Time Lord. Showrunner Steven Moffat stepped down from the show after almost eight years, during which time he heavily influenced tone and narrative structure of the long-running sci-fi series. The first trailer for Doctor Who season 11 unveiled that Whittaker's Doctor will be joined by three companions, played by Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill. The following teaser showed Whittaker apparently breaking the glass ceiling in response to backlash over a woman playing a traditionally male role. The premiere, reportedly titled "The Woman Who Fell To Earth," suggests where the story will start.
Doctor Who released the trailer to its official YouTube and Twitter accounts this morning. Whittaker can be seen wielding the new sonic screwdriver, and declaring in a manner quintessential of the character: "I’m the Doctor, when people need help, I never refuse." Check out the full trailer below:
Macklemore's "Glorious," which appeared in the glass-breaking teaser returns, emphasizing what's expected to be a more lighthearted approach to the new season. The Doctor and her companions can be seen in a chase, but with a significantly more blast-happy sci-fi aesthetic than what the series is known for. The footage is packed with Star Wars references, featuring a skyline with the two suns and moons, a militarized-looking spacecraft, and the cast running through what looks like the hallways of the Millennium Falcon. The TARDIS, which evaporated at the end of the previous season, remains absent.
The trailer leaves a lot to speculation about continuity from the previous seasons. The majority of the action appears to take place on extraterrestrial worlds, however the Doctor is seen walking through what looks like the streets of London with her companions - much like Matt Smith and Capaldi did after crash landing during their regeneration. There's no sign of the Daleks, Cybermen or Weeping Angel yet. However, when Cole is seen looking underneath a bed, an ominous sound similar to The Silence, who haven't been seen since the Smith-era, is heard. What's apparent so far is that the time-honored Doctor-Companion dynamics will remain intact, and the inclusion of more exuberant sci-fi visuals have potential to give the show a whole new feel.
Doctor Who season 11 premieres October 7 on BBC/BBC America.
Source: Doctor Who