Get ready for two very fun weeks, Whovians. The Doctor Who season 11 premiere is just around the corner and there is an awful lot to be excited about, as this is going to be the dawning of a new era for the beloved and long-running sci-fi series. To celebrate the occasion, BBC America has announced that they're going to air a 13-day marathon consisting of every single episode since the show's revival in 2005, leading up to the season 11 premiere. Plan accordingly, fans.
The network will start the marathon on September 25, exactly 13 days ahead of the Doctor Who season 11 premiere, which is set for October 7. The BBC only recently announced the show's return date, along with the news that the series will be moving to Sunday nights for the first time in its very long history. Those who have maybe fallen behind or are just looking to relive some of their favorites will have the chance to do so. Though, the network is going to be airing things a bit out of order, as revealed in their announcement.
"We're counting down to the premiere of the brand-new season of Doctor Who with the return of the Ninth, Twelfth, Tenth, and Eleventh Doctors, all leading to the premiere of Thirteen!"
A teaser has also been released hyping up the marathon, which makes it clear that they're going to air the show one Doctor at a time, but not necessarily in order of appearance. Luckily, Doctor Who is a show largely designed so that it can be enjoyed on an episode-to-episode basis. But there are through lines and story arcs that span beyond single episodes.
This season sees an awful lot of change on the horizon. Jodie Whittaker is taking over as the Thirteenth Doctor (hence, the 13-day marathon), making her the first female Doctor in the history of the show. It's something that has been met with great excitement by many and irritation from others. Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) is also stepping in as the new showrunner, in place of Steven Moffat, who held that position since the show's return in 2005. We're also getting not one, but three new companions in the form of Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Graham (Bradley Walsh).
When Doctor Who was resurrected in 2005, it made the show accessible to a new generation of fans, while staying loyal to what made the show great during its original run. But times have changed and it looks like the BBC is once again looking to reinvent the series with a fresh look and feel. While it remains to be seen if that pays off, fans can relive all of the episodes they love, 130 or more, depending on if they decide to air the various specials as well. Be sure to check out the teaser for the 13 Days of Doctor Who Marathon from the BBC America YouTube channel for yourself below.