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 Sinclair. 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.
- Mandeep Gill as Yasmin Khan. Gill was previously a regular on
Hollyoaks and Doctors.
- Bradley Walsh as Graham O'Brien. 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
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 January 2018 took place in Cape Town, South Africa. On February
20th, a new logo -- the first major redesign since 2010 -- was