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Doctor Who’s next season will premiere on October 7th

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Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor makes her TARDIS debut

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We finally have a premiere date for the next season of Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor will be making her TARDIS debut on October 7th for both UK and US viewers.

The UK broadcast will be at an as-yet-unannounced evening time slot on the BBC network, and the US-based BBC America will actually air the premiere twice: once earlier in the afternoon, simulcast with the UK start time (presumably for US viewers who are looking to avoid spoilers), and an encore airing at a more normal prime-time hour.

The new season marks a sort of soft-reset for the long-running science fiction series. Whittaker — the first woman to play the role of Doctor — is taking over the lead role from Peter Capaldi, who played the 12th incarnation of the character. And Chris Chibnall is replacing longtime showrunner Peter Moffat, who had helmed the series since taking over for Russell T Davies, who first brought back the show in 2005.

The Thirteen Doctor will also be joined by a trio of new companions on her adventures: Graham, Yasmin, and Ryan (played by Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole, respectively) were first seen in a pair of trailers that were released during the World Cup and San Diego Comic-Con.