It feels like years since the first female Doctor Who was teased. Shortly thereafter, Jodie Whittaker was announced as the star of Season 11. In the teaser trailer below, Whittaker's Doctor Who (the thirteenth doctor) literally breaks the glass ceiling as "Glorious'" by Macklemore and Skylar Grey plays in the background. A marvelous stained glass ceiling crumbles down around her in the middle of a grand room, and the camera zooms in on her face as she states, "Whoops."
When the trailer cuts to black, the tagline for the new series sums it all up: "It's about time."
Doctor Who will move from Saturdays to Sundays this fall with a premiere date of Sunday, October 7 on BBC1.
"New Doctor, new home!" showrunner Chris Chibnall said. "Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting."
The first 60-minute episode, aptly titled The Woman Who Fell To Earth, will pick up after the 2017 Christmas special. Last we saw, the new Doctor was falling from the skies while explaining how she survived and searching for the tardis (which had recently exploded).
At San Diego Comic Con, Chibnall stressed that this year’s series will have "no barrier to entry." In other words, if you're new to the series, Season 11 is a great starting point.
“We’ve got 10 standalone stories," he shared. "Lots of new villains, lots of new characters for you to fall in love with… This year is the perfect jumping-on point for that person in your life who has never watched Doctor Who. There is no barrier to entry this year. When a new Doctor comes in, with new friends, it’s a great moment to bring everybody on board."
Recently, Whittaker said she's leaving the country when the new season airs.
"[I’ll be] somewhere far away, so I don’t watch it in the same time zone," she told Marie Claire. "I’ll be turning my phone off and hoping for the best!"
Whittaker also commented on those still criticizing the casting of a female Doctor.
"[The Doctor] celebrates change more than any other role," she said. "You have a physical regeneration, so casting me supports that story and doesn’t go against the rules of the show in any way."
One question the new cast and crew have been asked a lot is, will this still be the same show? In an exclusive interview with Radio Times, Whittaker reassured fans.
"This is Doctor Who, so we know there will be a Tardis, a sonic screwdriver — and me and my new friends [which is what companions are now called]," she said. "We’ve all had the best time making it, so hopefully you don’t hate it!"
Season 11 premieres on October 7 and will wrap up around December 9. It will be followed by the 2018 Christmas special on December 25.
Doctor Who fans, are you excited for the first female Doctor? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!