The series marks several major changes to the programme. Firstly, being the first series to feature a female Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, in the history of the series. Series 11 also marks the introduction of several major characters, Graham, Yaz and Ryan played by Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole. The series also marks a format change. As opposed to the standard 12x45 minute episodes per series in the Peter Capaldi years of the programme, Series 11 contains 10x50 minute episodes, opening with a 63 minute opening episode.
The new series was met with a positive critical reception by critics who praised Jodie Whittaker's take on the Timelord. The first episode, 'The Woman Who Fell to Earth', received a 7 Day (4 Screen) BARB figure of 10.96 million viewers making it No.1 most watched program of the week.
Main Cast Edit
- Jodie Whittaker - The Doctor (10/10)
- Tosin Cole - Ryan Sinclair (10/10)
- Mandeep Gill - Yasmin Khan (10/10)
- Bradley Walsh - Graham O’Brien (10/10)
- Sharon D Clarke – Grace (2/10)
- Shobna Gulati - Najia Khan (2/10)
- Ravin J Ganatra - Hakim Khan (2/10)
- Bhavnisha Parmar - Sonya Khan (2/10)
- Executive Producers: Chris Chibnall, Matt Strevens, Sam Hoyle, Simon Winstone
- Directors: Jamie Childs, Sallie Aprahamian, Mark Tonderai, Jennifer Perrott, Wayne Yip
- Writers: Chris Chibnall, Malorie Blackman, Ed Hime, Peter McTighe, Vinay Patel, Joy Wilkinson
- Composer: Segun Akinola
|Episode No.||Episode Title||Director||Writer||Broadcast Date|
|Regular Episodes (2018)|
|11.01 (144)||'The Woman Who Fell to Earth'||Jamie Childs||Chris Chibnall||7th October 2018|
“We don’t get aliens in Sheffield.”
In a South Yorkshire city, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O’Brien are about to have their lives changed forever, as a mysterious woman, unable to remember her own name, falls from the night sky. Can they believe a word she says? And can she help solve the strange events taking place across the city?
|11.02 (145)||'The Ghost Monument'||Mark Tonderai||
|14th October 2018|
"I'm going to get you guys home, I promise."
Still reeling from their first encounter, can the Doctor and her new friends stay alive long enough, in a hostile alien environment, to solve the mystery of Desolation? And just who are Angstrom and Epzo?
|'Rosa'||Mark Tonderai||Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall||21st October 2018|
"She changed the universe."
The Doctor takes her companions on their first journey back in time - to the dangerous, racially segregated world of Alabama in the 1950s. They encounter one of the era's heroes, black civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks, but also discover a plot to change the course of history.
|11.04 (147)||'Arachnids In The UK'||Sallie Aprahamian||Chris Chibnall||28th October 2018|
The Doctor manages to bring Ryan, Yaz and Graham safely back home to 21st-century Sheffield, only to discover a sinister mystery is unfolding on their home turf. Something strange is happening to all the spiders in the city - but before the Doctor can save Yorkshire from an eight-legged invasion, she has to make it through her first encounter with Yaz's family.
'The Tsuranga Conundrum'
|Jennifer Perrott||Chris Chibnall||4th November 2018|
“Hope prevails, people prevail”
Injured and stranded on a hospital spacecraft in a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive a race against time against one of the universe’s most deadly — and unusual — creatures.
|11.06 (149)||'Demons of the Punjab'||Jamie Childs||Vinay Patel||11th November 2018|
India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother’s hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Who are they and what do they want?
|Pete McTighe||18th November 2018|
A mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy's largest retailer: Kerblam!"
|11.08 (151)||'The Witchfinders'||
|25th November 2018|
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?
|11.09 (152)||Episode 9||Jamie Childs||
|2nd December 2018|
|11.10 (153)||Episode Ten||Jamie Childs||Chris Chibnall||9th December|
|Special Episodes (2018)|
|11.11 (154)||Christmas 2018||Wayne Yip||Chris Chibnall||25th December 2018|
Monsters and VillainsEdit
- Tzim-Sha/The Stenza (Episode 1,2)
- Gathering Coil (Episode 1)
- The Remnants (Episode 2)
- Krasko (Episode 3)
- Mutated Spiders (Episode 4)
- Pting (Episode 5)
- Vajarians (Episode 6)
- Kerblam! (Episode 7)
- King James I (Episode 8)
Chris Chibnall was revealed to be taking over as showrunner of Doctor Who from Steven Moffat in January 2016, on taking on the role he said “Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC programme: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world. So it’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama.”
In July 2017 it was revealed Jodie Whittaker would portray the first female incarnation of the Doctor, taking over from Peter Capaldi.
The first read through of the series took place in October 2017, the BBC released a picture revealing that the Doctor would be joined by three companions played by Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole. Shooting for Series 11 of Doctor Who began in November 2017 on location in Sheffield. Chris Chibnall's secretive approach to filming Broadchurch was transferred to Doctor Who meaning less information about upcoming episodes was known at the time of production. Due to change in showrunner, cast and crew, the show was rebranded. A new logo and insignia was unveiled at the BBC Worldwide showcase on 20 February 2018.Murray Gold, composer of Doctor Who since Series 1 in 2005, stepped down from the role after the 2017 Christmas Special. On 26 June 2018, producer Chris Chibnall announced that the musical score for series 11 would be provided by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire alumnus Segun Akinola.The first teaser for the series was released during the final of the 2018 FIFA World Cup on 15 July 2018, almost exactly a year after the announcement of Whitaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.
Whittaker, Gill, Cole, Chibnall and Strevens promoted the new series with a panel at San Diego Comic-Con on 19 July 2018. The first trailer for the series was revealed. Chibnall stated during the panel that the series would consist of 10 standalone adventures. He also told press his focus was on new characters and monsters, as a result old foes the Daleks, Cyberman and spinoff show characters wouldn't be making appearances. The design of the new sonic screwdriver was shown to the audience and several new posters promoting the series also debuted.
A Christmas special was also confirmed, which will air on the 25th of December 2018. On the 5th September it was announced by the BBC that the new series would be broadcast over ten weeks starting on the 7th October. This was a sunday, a first for the series which had primarily been shown on Saturdays. In a press release showrunner Chris Chibnall said of the move, 'New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting.'
|Jamie Childs||Niki Wilson|
|Mark Tonderai||Niki Wilson|
|Sallie Aprahamian||Alex Mercer|
|Jennifer Perrott||Niki Wilson|
|Jamie Childs||Alex Mercer|
|6||Christmas Special||Wayne Yip||Niki Wilson|
|Episode No.||Air Time||Duration (mins)||7 Day BARB (4 Screen) Figure (m)||28 Day BARB Rating (m)||