The Thirteenth Doctor is played by Jodie
Whittaker. Whittaker most famously starred in Broadchurch,
the mystery-drama created by new Doctor Who showrunner Chris
Chibnall. Whittaker has also appeared in programmes such as
Doctors, Black Mirror, The Assets and The
Smoke, as well as movies including St Trinian's (and its
sequel) and Attack The Block. She made her professional debut on
stage in 2005 as Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, in a production of
Aleksandr Ostrovsky's The Storm. Whittaker was revealed as the
Thirteen Doctor in a short video which aired following the conclusion of
the Wimbledon Gentlemen's Final on July 16th, 2017.
|Companions and Recurring Characters|
Ryan Sinclair is played by Tosin Cole. Cole has had regular roles in
programmes such as The Cut, EastEnders: E20 and
Hollyoaks, and also enjoyed a small role in the film Star
Wars: The Force Awakens.
Yasmin Khan is played by Mandeep Gill. Gill was previously a regular on
Hollyoaks and Doctors.
Graham O'Brien is played by Bradley Walsh. Walsh has starred in Coronation
Street and Law & Order: UK, while also serving as presenter
for a number of programmes. Walsh also appeared as the titular villain
in Day Of The Clown, a 2008
serial for The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Grace is played by Sharon D
Clarke. Clarke appeared in several seasons of Holby City,
as well as shows such as The Bill, New Tricks and Death
|The Woman Who Fell To Earth
When Ryan Sinclair finds an alien pod in the woods near Sheffield, he
summons trainee police officer Yasmin Khan to investigate. At almost the
exact same time, his grandmother Grace and her husband Graham are on a
train which experiences not one but two alien visitations: first a
bio-mechanical cloud of tentacles, and then the semi-amnesiac Doctor,
falling from the sky after being ejected from her exploding TARDIS. Even
as she deals with the aftermath of her regeneration and the loss of her
time machine, the Doctor sets out to stop an innocent human from
becoming the victim of a merciless alien hunt.
Chris Chibnall, directed by Jamie Childs
After they help her defeat Tim Shaw, the Doctor inadvertently teleports
Ryan, Yasmin and Graham with her as she searches for the TARDIS.
|The Ghost Monument
The Doctor and her friends are rescued from an icy death in space by two
pilots named Angstrom and Epzo, the final two competitors in a race
across the galaxy. The final stage of their challenge takes them to a
mysterious planet known only as Desolation, where even the water is
lethal. Their destination is the Ghost Monument... which the Doctor soon
realises must be her missing TARDIS. Reluctantly, the six join forces to
cross Desolation and reach the Ghost Monument -- a journey which will
force them to uncover the terrible fate of the people who once settled
Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai
The TARDIS arrives in Montgomery, Alabama on November 30th, 1955. The
Doctor detects artron energy emissions, and becomes concerned that
someone is trying to interfere with established history. December 1st,
1955 is the date of a landmark event in the history of American civil
rights: seamstress Rosa Parks' refusal to give up her seat on a
segregated bus to a white person. But even as the four friends begin to
unravel the machinations of the time-travelling ciminal Krasko, they
must also contend with the era's deeply-embedded racism -- a problem
that even the Doctor can do little to confront.
by Malorie Blackman and Chris
Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai
|Arachnids In The UK
The Doctor brings her companions home to modern-day Sheffield. But while
Graham confronts the loneliness of the home he once shared with Grace,
the Doctor and Ryan stumble upon the corpse of Yaz's neighbour, covered
in spiderwebs. They soon learn that arachnids across the region have
been acting strangely in recent months, and the trail of clues leads to
a new luxury hotel developed by businessman Jack Robertson, who has
abruptly fired Yaz's mum from her position as its manager. Soon the time
travellers find themselves trapped inside the building, surrounded by an
army of giant spiders.
Chibnall, directed by Sallie Aprahamian
|The Tsuranga Conundrum
Injured on a junkyard planet in the 67th century, the TARDIS team wakes
up on an emergency medical freighter in deep space. Also on board are a
pregnant man named Yoss, who is grappling with giving his baby up for
adoption, and decorated pilot Eve Cicero, whose android companion Ronan
has been helping her hide the truth about her health from her brother
Durkas. The ship's shields are soon penetrated by a Pting, a
nigh-invulnerable creature capable of devouring any form of inorganic
matter. As the Pting rampages through the freighter, only the Doctor and
her friends can save the passengers from destruction.
Chibnall, directed by Jennifer Perrott
|Demons Of The Punjab
When her grandmother gifts her an old, broken wristwatch, Yaz becomes
determined to learn more about her family's history. She convinces the
Doctor to steer the TARDIS along the wristwatch's timeline, bringing the
four friends to the Punjab in August 1947 during the violent partition
of Pakistan from India. There Yaz discovers her grandmother about to
marry a man who is not her grandfather, and the Doctor discovers that
the region is being stalked by the Thijarians: legendary alien
assassins. This time, however, the demons which need to be confronted
may not be from outer space...
Patel, directed by Jamie Childs
For centuries, Kerblam! has been an interplanetary retail behemoth,
teleporting goods of all sorts to shoppers across the galaxy. But when
the Doctor receives a Kerblam! shipment, inside she finds a message
pleading for help. To investigate, she, Graham, Ryan and Yaz pose as new
employees at Kerblam! headquarters on the moon of Kandoka. No sooner
have they arrived than they discover that members of the small human
workforce have been going missing, while the moon itself has been
experiencing strange power disruptions. Has the company been infiltrated
by a saboteur, or is Kerblam! itself out to get them?
by Pete McTighe, directed
by Jennifer Perrott
From the BBC: “The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz arrive in
17th century Lancashire and become embroiled in a witch trial, run by
the local landowner. As fear stalks the land, the arrival of King James
I only serves to intensify the witch hunt. But is there something even
more dangerous at work? Can the Doctor and friends keep the people of
Bilehurst Cragg safe from all the forces that are massing in the
by Joy Wilkinson,
directed by Sallie Aprahamian
|It Takes You Away
From the BBC: “On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the
present day, the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up
cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help. What has happened
here? What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage -- and
by Ed Hime,
directed by Jamie Childs
|The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos
From the BBC: “On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, lies the
remains of a brutal battlefield. But as the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan
answer nine separate distress calls, they discover the planet holds far
more secrets. Who is the mysterious commander with no memory? What lies
beyond the mists? Who or what are the Ux? The answers will lead the
Doctor and her friends towards a deadly reckoning.”
Chis Chibnall, directed by Jamie Childs
With Season Thirty-Seven, Chris Chibnall will
become the showrunner and executive producer of Doctor Who.
A lifelong fan of the programme, Chibnall has written for Doctor
Who since 42 in 2007, having
previously been the lead writer for the spin-off series
Torchwood. Chibnall created and wrote all three seasons of
Broadchurch, earning widespread critical acclaim. He has also
been the executive producer of Born And Bred, Law & Order:
UK and Camelot, in addition to Gracepoint, the
American remake of the first season of Broadchurch.
Chibnall will be joined by two other executive producers on Doctor
Who. Matt Strevens' career as a producer
has included The Bill, Skins, Misfits and
Cucumber, as well as the Doctor Who docudrama An Adventure In Space And
Time. Sam Hoyle was an associate
producer on Broadchurch after previously working on that show as
a script executive; he has also been an assistant producer on 3
Non-Blondes, a script executive on The Life And Adventures Of
Nicholas Nickleby and Jinx, and a story editor on
On October 22nd, the BBC announced that, in addition to Jodie
Whittaker, the regular cast will include Tosin Cole, Mandeep Gill and
Bradley Walsh, with Sharon D Clarke in a recurring role.
For the first time since Doctor Who returned in 2005, it will
move from Saturdays to Sundays, with the debut episode premiering on
October 7th. The season will consist of only ten episodes (as opposed
to the twelve which had been the norm during Peter Capaldi's era, and
the thirteen for Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant and Matt Smith).
However, each episode will now be 50 minutes long (as opposed to the
previous standard length of 45 minutes), with the exception of the
season premiere which will run for 65 minutes.
In addition to Chris Chibnall, writers for the new season include:
- Malorie Blackman, who was the UK's Children's Laureate from 2013 to
2015. A multiple award-winning author of books for children and young
adults, she has also written for programmes such as Byker Grove
and Jackanory Junior, in addition to the television adaptation of
her novel Pig Heart Boy. She also wrote the 2013 Seventh Doctor
e-novella The Ripple Effect, which first saw print in the
collection 11 Doctors, 11 Stories.
- Ed Hime, who has written episodes of Skins.
- Vinay Patel, whose credits include The Good Karma Hospital
and the telefilm Murdered By My Father.
- Pete McTighe, who has provided scripts for programmes such as
EastEnders, Neighbours, The Doctor Blake Mysteries
and Wentworth. He also contributed material for the Blu-Ray
release of Tom Baker's first Doctor Who season.
- Joe Wilkinson, who has provided scripts for shows including
Casualty, Holby City, The Life And Adventures Of
Nick Nickleby and Doctors.
Directing the new season are:
- Sallie Aprahamian (Block Three), whose extensive resume includes
This Life, The Bill, EastEnders and the 2017
version of The Worst Witch.
- Jamie Childs (Blocks One and Five), who has previously directed
episodes of Vera and Stan Lee's Lucky Man. Childs also
helmed the trailer which unveiled Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth
- Jennifer Perrott (Block Four), who has directed episodes of
programmes such as Hollyoaks, Doctors, Home And
Away and Newton's Law.
- Mark Tonderai (Block Two), whose career spanning both sides of the
Atlantic has seen him helm episodes of The Five, Gotham,
Lucifer and Black Lightning, as well as the Jennifer
Lawrence horror film House At The End Of The Street.
Filming during January 2018 took place in Cape Town, South Africa. On
February 20th, a new logo -- the first major redesign since 2010 -- was
From the BBC: “As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is
stirring from across the centuries of Earth's history. As the Doctor,
Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the
threat to planet Earth?”
by Chris Chibnall,
directed by Wayne Yip
On November 14th, 2018 it was announced that a Doctor Who special
would not be broadcast on Christmas Day that year, breaking a tradition
stretching back to the programme's return in 2005. Instead, a special
would air on New Year's Day 2019, January 1st having established itself
as another popular day for television with the likes of Sherlock
and Mrs Brown's Boys amassing considerable audience figures on
that date in recent years.