The first ever female Doctor is here and ready to show the universe she's got what it takes as the show's new Time Lord in a new trailer for Doctor Who season 11. The BBC previously released a teaser this past weekend during the World Cup, introducing us to some of the new characters making their way to the show this season. Now, we have the first actual trailer with footage from the upcoming season, fresh from its debut at this year's San Diego Comic-Con.
It looks like the BBC and the show's creators may be playing this one a bit close to the chest. This trailer is quite brief, but we do get our best sense of Jodie Whittaker's take on the Doctor, and a sense for her new companions. This is very much going to be a different show, in many ways, when it returns. Though, in terms of overall look, it appears as though the adventures are going to feel familiar when Doctor Who season 11 makes its debut this fall. The combination of familiar and unfamiliar territory makes it so this will be anything but business as usual when the beloved sci-fi series returns.
In addition to the first ever female Doctor, we also have a change-up with the iconic Sonic Screwdriver. Old school fans are going to have to embrace changes in the future. New showrunner Chris Chibnall, who takes over for longtime man-in-charge Steven Moffat, had this to say about the upcoming season during the panel at SDCC.
"It's the Doctor you've known and loved, with just a fresh take. The Doctor is still very much The Doctor. But we need a pillar of hope, and that pillar of hope is Jodie Whittaker."
Jodie Whittaker, who took quite a bit of flak from certain fans when she was initially cast in the role, was on hand at the panel saying, "This is the most amazing thing that can happen to you, and there are only a few people who know how it feels." She also added that while she was filming her scene that appeared in last year's Christmas special that, "You have no idea what you're taking on... I was nervous to touch anything. I felt as if I was in someone else's shoes, which is a wonderful way to start this journey. It was amazing." Whittaker takes over for Peter Capaldi, who spent three seasons as the Doctor.
Doctor Who is one of the longest-running shows in history, spanning more than five decades in total. Three new companions are joining the thirteenth Doctor on her journey in the form of Yasmin (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Graham (Bradley Walsh). The BBC has yet to set an exact premiere date for Doctor Who season 11 just yet, but it's coming our way this fall. Be sure to check out the new trailer, courtesy of the BBC America YouTube channel, for yourself below.