It’s San Diego Comic-Con at the moment, which means that news from the world of geek culture is dropping thick and fast.
One of the first big reveals from the American convention was the release of a brand new trailer for Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who debut.
Here’s everything we learned about her upcoming appearance as the lucky thirteenth Doctor.
New faces – but zero spoilers
The new 50-second trailer really doesn’t give too much away, with new head writer Chris Chibnall, talking at Comic-Con, explaining that’s because he really loves “television when it’s a communal experience”.
“I want you guys to all be talking about it at the same time, and we have things you’re not going to want to be spoiled for,” he said.
But judging from the teaser, the new series of Doctor Who will be packed with new things for fans to get their teeth into, whether that’s new faces – the Doctor comes with three fresh companions this time, including Bradley Walsh’s Graham O’Brien – or new places.
The trailer is narrated by the Doctor: “All of this is new to me,” she says. “New faces, new worlds, new times. So if I asked really, really nicely, would you be my new best friends?”
The promo focuses on the central four characters, but we do get a glimpse of Broadchurch’s Shaun Dooley running around with the team.
But what about old favourites?
One thing that’s notable about the trailer is the fact that any Doctor Who staples – Daleks, Cyberman etc – are non-existent.
In fact, there appears to be no recognisable foes or locations in there, which points towards the series bringing fans a whole glut of new monsters and otherworldly locales to get excited about.
The only familiar Whovian trope we do see – the Sonic Screwdriver – has undergone a redesign and now looks much more alien than recent versions of the device, including an orange light on the end.
It could be that producers are holding off on the old favourites for maximum impact when they do rear their heads in the series.
But with the trailer’s strong emphasis on the ‘new’, could Series 11 be something of a soft-reboot for Who?
Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor will be fun
The trailer ends with Whittaker’s Doctor exclaiming, “This is going to be fun!” and from the look of the trailer, she’s not wrong.
Chibnall told the Radio Times that the thirteenth incarnation of the Doctor is “incredibly warm, funny, energetic, inclusive”, so we could be in store for a fan-favourite manifestation. “She’s the greatest friend you could wish to have as your guide around the universe.”
Couple that with Whittaker’s Yorkshire twang, and the recipe for a good Doctor is set.
Times they are a’changing
There’ll also be new faces behind-the-scenes for this eleventh series of Doctor Who, with Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin stepping aside for Chibnall, and executive producers Matt Strevens and Sam Hoyle.
At Comic-Con, Chibnall confirmed that he is writing five episodes of the new series, and that two of the five guest writers on this series are women, including the first ever woman of colour to contribute to the show.
Also announced was the fact that there will be no two-parters in this series, with each episode being a self-contained adventure.
The new trailer really doesn’t give too much away, with Chibnall explaining that work on the new series is gathering pace “so that we can get it to you guys and everyone else in the world at the same time all polished.”
Series 11 of Doctor Who will air on BBC One later this year
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