Following Doctor Who's big break in 2016, fans have been waiting patiently for the tenth series of the hit sci-fi show. Series 10 of #DoctorWho has quite a bit in store: 13 episodes, including the Christmas Special to come, a brand new and young companion in Bill Potts, and all new monsters. Series 10 is Peter Capaldi's last series, but we still have plenty more to see from him.
Putting Series 10 aside, a lot of fans are focusing on Series 11 and what the new showrunner, Chris Chibnall, has up his sleeve in preparation to "wow" the Doctor Who fans. It may be over a year away but that doesn't mean we can't speculate, am I right? So here's everything we know about Series 11 of Doctor Who and what we hope to see.
'Doctor Who' Release Date Series 11
With Capaldi's swan song featuring 12 episodes (13 including the Christmas Special) airing Saturday, April 15th, it's currently unclear when the eleventh series will actually air. It is reported that once Chris Chibnall is finished with ITV working on Broadchurch, he will be taking a short holiday away from screenwriting. This gives Capaldi and Steven Moffat time to work on their last series together without any interruptions.
In an interview between Digital Spy and Steven Moffat, it was hinted that Series 11 won't be hitting our screens until Autumn 2018, leaving nearly a years gap between Capaldi's final episode and the brand new series. However the #BBC refused to comment on this when approached by Digital Spy. When a Doctor Who series airs in autumn, the series usually starts filming during the first week of that year. So, shooting for Series 11 is highly likely to begin in January 2018.
The New Doctor For Series 11
It was announced in February 2017 that Peter Capaldi will be passing on the Sonic Screwdriver and TARDIS key to someone else as he announced his resignation to fans from the show via radio. Despite Capaldi nearly signing onto a fourth series, he decided not to, giving the new showrunner a fresh start. This means Chris Chibnall has the all important role of casting the new lead for Doctor Who.
It is very early on at this moment in time, but Chibnall has said he has "a very clear sense" of what he's "going to do." Does this mean he secretly has someone in mind to take on the vital role of the Doctor?
"We'll cast the role in the traditional way. We'll write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script. You couldn't go out and cast an abstract idea." — Chris Chibnall
There's currently one tense subject flying round the fan base right now, and that is if the Doctor should regenerate into a female? Many fans agree on this idea, yet there are some that disagree very strongly. Peter Capaldi is very keen for a female to take on the role after him when he regenerates Christmas Day.
During an interview, Chris Chibnall did not rule out the idea of a female Doctor whatsoever, saying, "nothing is ruled out but I don't want the casting to be a gimmick and that's all I can say."
Will Pearl Mackie Be Sticking Around For A Second Series?
It seems like ages ago since Pearl Mackie was announced as the new companion, who will be starring alongside Peter Capaldi for his final series. Anticipating Pearl Mackie's exit before she has even appeared fully onscreen as Bill Potts seems a bit harsh, but it's part of the speculation game. With Chris Chibnall having to introduce a new Doctor for his debut series, will he be wanting to create his own companion as well?
Back in February, Pearl Mackie said she is "so sad" that Capaldi is departing Doctor Who, but added she is "just happy got to work alongside Capaldi." There is nothing there hinting at her exit, but why would she say she is leaving before she's even appeared on screen?
On the other hand, in the brand new teaser trailer Pearl Mackie can be heard narrating, and one vital line could be foreshadowing her death in Series 10.
"I'm having the time of my life and I wouldn't miss it for the world... even if it kills me." — Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie)
Is Bill steeping into the TARDIS without knowing she's not going to make it out alive? Spoilers!
The Smaller Details
With no more information currently revealed about this series, there's a few other things fans have been thinking about. Will the TARDIS interior change? This is highly likely due to the fact when a new showrunner takes on the job, they want everything to look brand new and fresh. When Russell T Davies left the show, a brand new and unique TARDIS interior was introduced, fitting Matt Smith's Doctor incredibly well.
What about the Sonic Screwdriver — is that going to change? This is currently unknown. The Sonic Screwdriver has only just been resigned and hasn't been onscreen for a huge amount of time, but will likely be quickly revealed in Series 11.
Finally, should we expect a new opening sequence for Series 11? Again, highly likely. With it being a new series, new showrunner and a new Doctor, there's little doubt there'll be a new opening sequence. This will act like the show is brand new to television and hopefully be as eye catching as the current one!
Nonetheless, with Series 11 being months and months away yet, we still have Series 10 to look forward to. Series 10 airs Saturday, April 15th in the UK and the USA.
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(Sources: Digital Spy)