Last week, the Doctor Who Christmas Special entitled Twice Upon a Time debuted, which served as both the final episode for Peter Capaldi, and the introduction of the new Time Lord, played by Jodie Whittaker. To bid farewell to the beloved Doctor, the official Doctor Who Twitter sent out a new time lapsed video that gives the actor a proper send-off as fans enter a new era of Who.
This video comes just days after another Doctor Who video gave a proper introduction to the new Doctor Jodie Whittaker. While she made her official debut in the Christmas Special a few days ago, fans won't get to see her in action until the new season starts up. While no premiere date for the new season has been confirmed yet, we do know that, along with Jodie Whittaker, there will be a whole new cast of characters surrounding her. The episode also marked the farewell of Pearl Mackie as the companion Bill.
When Jodie Whittaker takes over as the Thirteenth Doctor on the global hit show next year, she will be joined by an all new regular cast. BBC announced in October that Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill will line-up as the new regular cast on Doctor Who. Bradley will star as Graham, Tosin will play Ryan and Mandip will play Yasmin. Also joining the series in a returning role is Sharon D Clarke. New head writer and executive producer Chris Chibnall, who made the decision to cast the first ever woman in the iconic role, is also shaking up who will travel with the Doctor in the TARDIS, with a team of new characters.
The BBC also confirmed that the new series will be a ten week run of fifty minute episodes in Autumn 2018, kicking off with a feature length hour for the opening launch. There was quite a bit of backlash to the Jodie Whittaker casting, becoming the first female Time Lord in the show's 54-year history, but BBC stood their ground about the casting, revealing in a statement that, "The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender." It will be interesting to see if this backlash will carry over to the new season premiere this fall, and if it will affect the ratings.
There will also be another big change at the show, behind-the-scenes, with new Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall stepping in to replace longtime showrunner Steven Moffat, who has been with the show ever since its return to the BBC airwaves in 2005. It isn't clear when production will begin on the new season, but hopefully we'll have more updates soon. In the meantime, take a look at this new video, courtesy of Doctor Who Twitter.