The Thirteenth Doctor (2017-)
Season 37 Season Thirty-Seven (2018)
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Season Thirty-Seven

The Doctor
The Thirteenth Doctor

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.

Ryan Sinclair

Yasmin Khan is played by Mandeep Gill. Gill was previously a regular on Hollyoaks and Doctors.

Yasmin Khan

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.

Graham O'Brien

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 In Paradise.

Grace

The Stories
The Woman Who Fell To Earth
The Woman Who Fell To Earth by Chris Chibnall, directed by Jamie Childs
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.
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 Ghost Monument by Chris Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai
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 the planet.
Rosa
Rosa by Malorie Blackman and Chris 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.
Arachnids In The UK
Arachnids In The UK by Chris Chibnall, directed by Sallie Aprahamian
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.
The Tsuranga Conundrum
The Tsuranga Conundrum by Chris Chibnall, directed by Jennifer Perrott
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.
Demons Of The Punjab
Demons Of The Punjab by Vinay Patel, directed by Jamie Childs
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...
Kerblam!
Kerblam! by Pete McTighe, directed by Jennifer Perrott
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?
The Witchfinders
The Witchfinders by Joy Wilkinson, directed by Sallie Aprahamian
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 land?”
It Takes You Away
It Takes You Away by Ed Hime, directed by Jamie Childs
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 beyond?”
The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos
The Battle Of Ranskoor Av Kolos by Chis Chibnall, directed by Jamie Childs
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.”

Making History

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 Camelot.

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 Doctor.
  • 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 unveiled.

Special (2019)

The Story
Episode 160
Episode 160 by Chris Chibnall, directed by Wayne Yip
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?”

Making History

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.