During today’s World Cup march, the BBC released its first teaser for the upcoming 11th season of its science fiction show Doctor Who, which will feature actress Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.
The trailer shows only a brief glimpse of Whittaker’s Doctor, who appears right at the end of the teaser. She is the first woman to play the role of Doctor, taking over for Peter Capaldi, who portrayed the Twelfth Doctor from 2014 to 2017. Fans of the show got their first glimpse of her during last year’s Christmas special, and her casting represents a new era for the show as Chris Chibnall (creator of the acclaimed crime drama Broadchurch) took over for Steven Moffat, the show’s long-time showrunner. The season is expected to premiere in October 2018.
Whittaker’s casting came after years of discussion over whether or not a woman should take over for the role of the show’s most famous character: up until this point, all 12 Doctors were played by men, and while the show’s creators had mulled the possibility, they didn’t feel that it was the right time. Moffatt told the Radio Times in December that it was Chibnall’s call when he took over the show, and said that he thinks that “she’ll be brilliant as the Doctor.”
Doctor Who’s cast and crew will be showing up at San Diego Comic-Con later this week, where we’ll undoubtably learn a bit more about the upcoming season.