All puns aside, Doctor Who fans have been excited for Whittaker to take on the role and show what she has to offer the title role. Capaldi’s regeneration left the new 13th Doctor in quite a precarious situation. The Tardis’ operations had failed and she had fallen out of the time-machine, watching it disappear as she tumbled through the sky.
365 days later, we get a teaser trailer for the new season. The teaser reveals Whittaker’s new companions. Yes, companions. As in multiple. A large change-up from many seasons before, the 13th Doctor will pal around with not one, but three people.
Who are the lucky blokes?
Walsh will also be making Doctor Who history. He is 58 years old, making him the oldest official companion ever. Wilfred Mott would take the spot, as his actor was 80 years old at the time, but he never became an official companion. Walsh is best known for his roles in Law and Order: UK and Coronation Street. This will not be Walsh’s first foray in the Whoverse, though, as he had several roles in a two-part episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures. The show was a spin-off focusing on one of the Doctor’s most beloved companions, Sarah Jane Smith. It ran from 2007-2011.
Cole plays Ryan, a twenty-something that we meet eating in a cafe. He fits more of the traditional companion outfit: opposite gender, young, and curious. Cole has been known for his roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Unlocked.
Gill rounds out the group as Yasmin. Yasmin is much like Ryan: young, curious, fitting of the companion wheelhouse. Time will tell how their personalities grow with the 13th Doctor. Gill has been known for her roles in The Flood and Hollyoaks.
And now, to the woman of the hour. The 13th Doctor appears at the end of the teaser, seemingly appearing out of mist or phasing through thin air. Fans have speculated that the wisps all the companions saw were the 13th Doctor herself, running. This assumption can be taken from some of Capaldi’s final words for his next reincarnation: “Laugh hard, run fast, be kind.” Its uncertain if this speed is a new power or if it’s some sort of time distortion. It could be even more interesting if, somehow, Capaldi’s powerful words, plus the strength of regeneration power, gave the 13th Doctor some sort of abilities. Either way, the explanation will likely be a key point of the first, feature length episode.
Furthermore, there’s a missing element: the Tardis. The Doctor’s eternal companion didn’t show up in the teaser, however she did lose it at the end of last season. Perhaps her companions will help her on the wild good chase to find a Tardis falling through time? Or will Whittaker have found it and, somehow, gained these new powers from it?
Only the first episode of this new adventure will tell us.
Chris Chibnall will also be taking over the role of Head Writer and Director from Steven Moffatt. Chibnall notably wrote for the Doctor Who‘s spin-off series, Torchwood, and also created and wrote Broadchurch. Broadchurch not only is a show Whittaker played a large role in, but also starred the previous 10th Doctor, David Tennant. Chris also wrote the 12th Doctor Christmas Special, “Twice Upon a Time”.
Doctor Who Season 11 is slated to premiere later this year, in the fall.