When the BBC's Doctor Who made history by naming Jodie Whitaker the 13th Doctor in July, most fans assumed that this new character would get a whole new look as well. Those fans were right, with the BBC unveiling the first photo of Jodie Whitaker in her full new costume, which is much more colorful that previous Time Lord costumes. It hasn't been confirmed if this is the exact outfit we'll see her in when she makes her Doctor Who debut during this year's Christmas Special, or if it will be her costume for the upcoming Season 11 of the series.
It will be interesting to see if this costume will receive the same sort of negative backlash that surfaced after Jodie Whitaker's casting, since she became the first female Time Lord in the show's 54-year history. The backlash caused BBC to issue a statement on the matter, making it clear that there has been a precedent established that the Time Lord could switch genders, while stating that the actress has a, "bold and brilliant vision for her Doctor." While we won't get to see said vision for quite some time, with the 11th Season debuting sometime next year, she will make her debut on the Christmas Special, which will also mark the farewell for Peter Capaldi as the Time Lord and Pearl Mackie as his companion.
This photo reveal also comes a few weeks after BBC announced even more new Doctor Who Season 11 cast members, who will be joining Jodie Whitaker. Bradley Walsh will star as Graham, rumored to be the new Doctor Who companion, Tosin Cole will play Ryan and Mandip Gill will play Yasmin, while Sharon D Clarke has also signed on in a recurring role as an unspecified character. It was also announced last month that Season 11 will be comprised of 10 50-minute episodes in the fall of 2018, which will kick off with a "feature length hour for the opening launch." BBC hasn't announced when production will begin at this time.
Next season will not only mark the on-screen departure of Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie, but also to head writer Steven Moffat, who penned a heartfelt goodbye letter to Doctor Who back in August. Taking over for the head writer and showrunner is Chris Chibnall, whose decision it was to bring in Jodie Whitaker as the the new Time Lord. Chris Chibnall has actually worked with Jodie Whitaker before on the hit BBC series Broadchurch, which was remade for American audiences as the Fox series Gracepoint. It remains to be seen if there are more casting announcements coming up for this new season.
It was also revealed during Comic-Con that Peter Capaldi's final episode of Doctor Who this Christmas will feature Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and is titled 'Twice Upon a Time.' Viewers will have to wait until Christmas to discover exactly how Bill, who will appear throughout the episode, makes her return. It was also revealed that the special will co-star Mark Gatiss in a guest role, as a World War One soldier, known so far only as 'The Captain.' As previously revealed in the closing moments of the season finale, the special will feature Peter Capaldi's current Doctor team up with the First Doctor, played by David Bradley. The show honored Peter Capaldi with a special video that played during the show's Comic-Con panel this summer. While we wait for more on this exciting new season of Doctor Who, take a look at the photo of Jodie Whitaker's new costume, courtesy of Doctor Who Twitter.