Doctor Who has finally revealed an air date for the first episode of Series 11: Sunday 7 October. Interesting, considering the show usually occupies BBC One’s prime time Saturday evening spot.
Here’s the full statement from showrunner Chris Chibnall: “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.
“Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time. (Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits). The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it’s going to be a blast.
The premiere episode is titled ‘The Woman Who Fell To Earth‘ and was written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs.
Announced directors for Series 11 include Sallie Aprahamian (Extremely Dangerous, The Sins), Jamie Childs (the director behind Jodie Whitaker’s casting reveal), Jennifer Perrott (award-winning short film The Ravens), and Mark Tonderai (a director with a whole load of genre experience, including episodes of Lucifer, Gotham, Black Lightning and Nightflyers, and House At The End Of The Street).
Confirmed writers include Malorie Blackman (the author of the Noughts And Crossesseries), Ed Hime (Skins), Vinay Patel (Murdered By My Father), Pete McTighe (original writer of Australian prison drama Wentworth), and Joy Wilkinson (The Life And Adventures Of Nick Nickleby).
For more information about each of the writers and directors, read the full BBC press release.
Doctor Who Series 11 will star Jodie Whitaker as the Doctor, and Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill as her companions.
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