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 as Ryan. 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
- Mandeep Gill as Yasmin. Gill was previously a regular on
Hollyoaks and Doctors.
- Bradley Walsh as Graham. 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.
In addition, Sharon D Clarke will play a
recurring role. Clarke appeared in several seasons of Holby City,
as well as shows such as The Bill, New Tricks and Death
It has also been confirmed that Season Thirty-Seven will air in the
autumn of 2018. 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). Furthermore, the season
premiere has been described as “feature-length”.
The only director confirmed so far is:
- Jamie Childs (Block One), 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 Doctor.
Filming January 2018 took place in Cape Town, South Africa.