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Series 11 of Doctor Who will premiere in Autumn 2018[1], helmed by new showrunner Chris Chibnall.[2][3] It will also star Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, the first woman to take the role, following Peter Capaldi's regeneration in series 10. Chibnall revealed, "I always knew I wanted the 13th Doctor to be a woman, and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice."[4][5] Prior to Jodie's reveal, bets on who would be the next Doctor were hype, with names like Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Kris Marshall among fan favourites.[6]

Whittaker, herself, stated, "I'm beyond excited to begin this epic journey … It's more than an honour to play the Doctor [...] It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you're told you can and can't be."[4]

Peter Capaldi, Whittaker's predecessor, has full confidence that "she's going to be a fantastic Doctor". "Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker's work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm. She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part."[4] Capaldi had previously expressed that he wants the next actor to take the role to finally be a woman.[7]

In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, Whittaker stated that the new incarnation will not fundamentally change the character of the Doctor, saying: "It's a brand new body, and the body happens to be female."[8]

In an interview with Rolling Stone on 5 September 2017, Whittaker said that: "As a young girl, I did not think that 'Time Lord' would ever be on my CV." and went on to discuss genders: "I’m playing an alien and gender is not a part of that. A moment like this of being the first woman cast as something, it makes you really think about your sex, whereas actually what you want to do is play a part where your gender is irrelevant. I am a woman, so I don't need to play that. And so for me, this was the most freeing experience because there's no right or wrong way to do it. The rules went out the window."[9]

On 22 October 2017, it was revealed that Whittaker would be joined by Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole in the TARDIS, as well as Sharon D Clarke joining the show as a "returning character". The BBC said in a statement: "New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role, is also shaking up who will travel with the Doctor in the Tardis, with a team of new characters.", at the same time also confirming that the new series will run through 10 weeks, with 50 minutes each episode and kicking off with a feature length opener.[1]



  • TBA - Sharon D Clarke[1]
  • Sonia - Asha Kingsley[10]



Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens will co-executive produce.[11] They were later joined by Sam Hoyle.[12] Nikki Wilson will return as a producer.[13] Alex Mercer will also be a producer.[14]


Jodie Whittaker used the codename "The Clooney", a reference to George Clooney, when discussing her role.[15]


Jamie Childs directed the trailer that revealed Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.[16] He will also be directing the opening block for this series.[17]

Sallie Aprahamian will direct the third filming block.[14]

Mark Tonderai will direct episodes two and three.[18]

Television stories

Title Writer Director Notes
1 TBATBAJamie Childs[17][16] First full-length story with Thirteenth Doctor. 1-hour opener.
2 TBATBAMark Tonderai[18]
3 TBATBAMark Tonderai[18]
7 TBATBAJamie Childs[13]

Aliens and enemies

to be added


  • The Doctor could receive a redesigned sonic screwdriver.[19]
  • Nardole could return in Series 11.[20]
  • Anton Lesser may have been cast in Series 11.[21]
  • There could be more Doctor Who in 2018 than initially announced.[22]
  • One episode may focus around the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycotts.[23]

Adaptations and merchandising

Home media

DVD / Blu-ray

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Dowell, Ben (22 October 2017). Doctor Who: Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Sharon D Clarke join Jodie Whittaker as regular cast members. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 26 December.
  2. Dowell, Ben (22 January 2016). Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat quits to be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 16 July 2017.
  3. Jeffery, Morgan (31 July 2017). Doctor Who series 11 with Jodie Whittaker will 'launch in late 2018'. Digital Spy. Retrieved on 26 December 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Jodie Whittaker: Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord to be a woman. BBC News (16 July 2017). Retrieved on 16 July 2017.
  6. Smith, Ress (3 July 2017). Doctor Who: Who will be the next Doctor? Who will replace Peter Capaldi?. Express. Retrieved on 26 December 2017.
  7. RadioTimes staff (1 February 2017). Peter Capaldi wants this female Harry Potter star to be his Doctor Who successor. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 16 July 2017.
  8. Fullerton, Huw (25 August 2017). Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker says the new Doctor's "body happens to be female". RadioTimes. Retrieved on 26 December 2017.
  9. McEwan, Cameron K (5 September 2017). Jodie Whittaker on Thirteenth Doctor: 'Rules Went Out the Window'. Retrieved on 26 December 2017.
  10. Asha Kingsley. Lee Morgan Management. Retrieved on 26 December 2017.
  11. Sarah Deen (14 July 2016). Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens will share the job of Doctor Who executive producer. Metro. Retrieved on 16 July 2017.
  12. Mitchell, Bea (25 October 2017). Doctor Who hires Broadchurch producer to join Chris Chibnall for series 11. Digital Spy. Retrieved on 26 December 2017.
  13. 13.0 13.1 Creative Media Management: Sarah Davies. Creative Media Management (2017). Retrieved on 6 January 2018.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Berlin Associates: Helen Murphy. Berlin Associates (2017). Retrieved on 6 January 2018.
  15. Doran, Sarah (16 July 2017). Jodie Whittaker used a codename to keep her Doctor Who casting a secret. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 26 December 2017.
  16. 16.0 16.1 Sandwell, Ian (27 October 2017). Doctor Who series 11 lands its first director as work gets under way on Jodie Whittaker's debut. Digital Spy. Retrieved on 26 December 2017.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Jamie Childs. Independent Talent. Retrieved on 26 December 2017.
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Sesler: Tico Poulakakis. Sesler. Retrieved on 10 January 2018.
  19. Jones, Paul (9 October 2017). Revamped Doctor Who could have longer episodes, a new Tardis and more adventures in history. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 26 December 2017.

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