Doctor Who season 11 finally has a premiere date. The long-running sci-fi series will make its debut on Sunday, October 7. The Thirteenth Doctor will have a permanent home on Sunday nights for season 11, which marks the first time in the history of the show that an entire season will air on Sundays. It's going to be anything but business as usual when the Doctor returns this fall, that much is clear.
Jodie Whittaker is set to be the first female Doctor in Doctor Who history. She takes over for Peter Capaldi, who had a solid three-season run before calling it quits. The decision to bring in a female Doctor is something that's been met with tremendous excitement by many, with another section of fans not taking to the change too warmly. In any case, season 11 will also feature a new group of companions and a new showrunner in the form of Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch), who takes over for longtime showrunner Steven Moffat. Chibnall had this to say about the show's upcoming premiere.
"New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker's Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights, and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting. Get everybody's homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time. (Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits). The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it's going to be a blast."
It's also been revealed that the Doctor Who season 11 premiere will be titled The Woman Who Fell to Earth, a clear reference to David Bowie's 1976 movie The Man Who Fell to Earth. Chris Chibnall wrote the episode himself and, as fans may recall, we last saw Whittaker's Doctor literally falling to Earth from the Tardis in the Twice Upon a Time special and it sounds like this will be picking up right where we left off. Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, had this to say in a statement.
"With Chris Chibnall at the helm and Jodie Whittaker's arrival as the new Doctor we are heralding a brand new era for the show and so it feels only right to give it a new home on Sunday nights at the heart of BBC One's Autumn schedule. "
Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Graham (Bradley Walsh) will be joining the series as the Thirteenth Doctor's new companions. Doctor Who season 11 will air on the BBC One in the U.K. and on BBC America in the U.S. In addition to the premiere date announcement, the BBC also released a brief teaser to hype up the season 11 debut, which you can check out for yourself below.