Doctor Who season 11 is likely going to look a whole lot more awesome, as the visual effects team behind Blade Runner 2049 has joined the series. Doctor Who is one of the longest-running shows in history and, even in modern years, somewhat cheesy special effects have been part of the charm. Or, at the very least, it comes as a result of doing large-scale sci-fi on a relatively small budget. However, with the Oscar-nominated visual effects company Double Negative, or DNEG, now working on Doctor Who, that could very well change.
Double Negative, as far as VFX goes, has a tremendous track record. They've been nominated for Academy Awards for their work on movies like Inception, Interstellar and Ex Machina, with Blade Runner 2049 up for an Oscar this year. Blade Runner 2049 may have been a relative bomb at the box office, but there's no question that it's one of the better looking movies to come around in a long time. So having them on board for Doctor Who season 11 bodes very well for the series.
Since Doctor Who was revived by the BBC in 2005, Milk VFX has been handling the special effects for the series. However, a lot is changing with the upcoming season, not the least of which being that Jodie Whittaker is taking over as the first ever female Doctor in the history of Doctor Who. With that, Milk VFX is handing over the baton to Double Negative for season 11. Here's what Louise Hastings, a Visual Effects Producer at Milk VFX, had to say about it in a recent interview.
"The decision was made that when Steven Moffat and the rest of his team stood down from Doctor Who and the new team came in, that they would also mix up the vendors as well. So we've handed the baton over to our friends at DNEG for the next series."
Virtually everything fans know about the show is changing with Doctor Who season 11. There's going to be a female doctor, who was seen briefly in the latest Doctor Who Christmas special after Peter Capaldi's send off. We've also got a new, male companion in the form of Bradley Welsh. Steven Moffat, who's served as showrunner since 2005, is also leaving, with Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) taking over those duties. Pair all of that with the news of DNEG taking over and it looks like fans are in for quite the shake-up.
While some fans feel mixed about the idea of a female Doctor, overall, there's a lot to be excited about when it comes to Doctor Who season 11. Not the least of which is knowing the special effects should look great. After 10 seasons, some change could be just what the show needs. The BBC has yet to set a premiere date for Doctor Who season 11 yet, but the show is set to arrive during the fall season. This news was first reported by Radio Times.