Times they are-a-changing over at Doctor Who when Series 11, hits our screens next year. Of course, one of the biggest changes is the arrival of Doctor number 13, Jodie Whittaker, but what kind of series will Whittaker be stepping into?
New reports today, October 9, suggest that series 11 will, in fact, be dropping its usual 12, 45-minute episode format for a 10, 60-minute episode series.
This will not be the first time, Who has changed its episode format since the series returned in 2005 as series eight in 2014 dropped the traditional 13 episode series it had maintained throughout the first seven series in favour of a 12 episode run.
Also as standard with the arrival of a new Doctor comes some redecorating. It has also been reported that Jodie Whittaker will receive a brand new TARDIS with both the inside and outside changing its current look.
It is rumoured that the new TARDIS exterior will be a darker shade of blue than it currently is and a bit slimmer, similar to the TARDIS, eighth Doctor, Paul McGann piloted in the 1996 film.
No word yet on the new interior, but the model which has remained essentially the same since 2012′s Christmas special “The Snowmen” will be updated for the new Doctor.
Whittaker will apparently also be getting her hands on a brand new sonic screwdriver. The iconic gadget used by the Time Lord has received a couple of re-designs since 2005, with ninth and tenth Doctor’s, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant sharing a model while eleventh and twelfth Doctor’s Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi received their very own versions.
Fans will also be treated to a brand new logo and title sequence which again with the change of era in producers and cast is quite normal for Doctor Who.
The current logo is again a slight variation to the one that was unveiled when executive producer Steven Moffat and Matt Smith stepped aboard the TARDIS in 2010, with receiving just a few minor tweaks throughout the years.
As for the title sequence. The current one was inspired by a custom-made sequence created by fan Billy Hanshaw and has been in use since Peter Capaldi’s first series back in 2014.
With filming for series 11 expected to begin in late October, more information such as Whittaker’s costume will probably be released very soon. As for the new companion rumours of Bradley Walsh’s casting don’t seem to be dying down, nor do the rumour of multiple companions. However, fans won’t have to wait that long to find out.
Jodie Whittaker will make her debut as the 13th Doctor at the end of this year’s Christmas special, “Twice Upon A Time”, which will also see Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor team up with the First Doctor, played by David Bradley, before leaving the role after three successful series.
“Twice Upon A Time” will air on Christmas Day on BBC One.
I’ve been playing around with some ideas for a new Doctor Who title sequence – something based more on the abstract graphics from the early years. I’d love to have a go at realising it. Are there any CG animators out there interested in collaborating?