As well as the big shake-up that is Jodie Whittaker being cast as the Thirteenth Doctor, the whole structure of Doctor Who will change when it returns for its eleventh season later this year. Peter Capaldi’s era on the show, for example, featured seasons of 12, 45-minute long episodes. The new run, however, will be made up of 10, 50-minute long outings.
So far, this revamp has been met with mixed reactions. Fans like the idea of giving the episodes an extra five minutes to breathe, but the fact that the season has been chopped down to ten installments does mean we’re getting less Who per year. And as if that wasn’t enough to deal with, we’re now learning that the show may be moving away from its long-running Saturday spot to Sunday evenings.
That’s according to Geek.com, who cite British tabloid Daily Mirror as their source for the scoop. With no official comment from the BBC yet, we’d advise taking this with a grain of salt, but it’d make sense for a number of reasons and with all the other changes happening to the show this year, a new night wouldn’t surprise us at all.
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In fact, according to the Mirror’s source, Doctor Who is due for a complete revamp in season 11 and will be near unrecognizable when it returns. That lines up with pretty much everything we’ve been hearing so far, and when pressed for more information, here’s what their informer spilled:
“Chris [Chibnall] is taking Doctor Who apart to give it a revamp. The only thing viewers will immediately recognize are the sonic screwdriver, the TARDIS, and the theme tune.”
Rubbing shoulders with Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), and Graham (Bradley Walsh), Jodie Whittaker will next set foot in the TARDIS this fall. Doctor Who series 11 is already deep in production, too, and we’ll be bringing you more updates than you can shake a Sonic Screwdriver at over the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned.