“All of this is new to me. New faces, new worlds, new times,” says Jodie Whittaker in the brand new trailer for “Doctor Who” season 11 (watch above). “So if I asked really, really nicely, would you be my new best friends?” The new trailer premiered at San Diego Comic Con on July 19 and then debuted online. The clip is just under a minute long and doesn’t reveal much about the storylines, but it’s the most footage we’ve seen yet of the groundbreaking new season.
“Doctor Who” premiered back in 1963, telling the story of the time-traveling title character, an alien from the planet Gallifrey who travels through time and space, usually with the help of human companions. The show aired continuously for 26 years before its cancellation in 1989. It returned for a film in 1996, but it didn’t come back to the airwaves full-time until 2005.
Since the show’s 21st century revival, the title character has been played by four different actors: Christopher Eccleston (2005), David Tennant (2005-2010), Matt Smith (2010-2013) and Peter Capaldi (2013-2017). As you might have noticed, those were all men. So were the eight previous actors who played the Doctor over the years. It was established that Time Lords like the Doctor can regenerate into different genders, so many fans clamored for the show to introduced its first ever female Doctor.
The show obliged. In the 2017 Christmas special, “Twice Upon a Time,” Capaldi bid farewell to the show and the Doctor transformed into Whittaker, who was previously known for her roles in the films “Venus” (2006) and “Attack the Block” (2011) as well as the TV shows “Black Mirror” and “Broadchurch.”
Whittaker isn’t the only one climbing aboard the Doctor’s TARDIS from “Broadchurch.” That show’s creator and writer Chris Chibnall is also taking over this year as the “Doctor Who” showrunner following the departure of Steven Moffat, who was the show’s mastermind from 2010-2017. And the Doctor is getting some brand new companions: Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill) and Ryan (Tosin Cole).
“This is gonna be fun!” says Whittaker at the end of the trailer. Do you agree? Whet your appetite for “Doctor Who” above while you wait for the premiere of season 11 later this fall.