Gather round, Whoovians, and get bang up to speed on The Doctor’s big return on BBC One with our essential guide
By Virgin TV Edit
Ready for the adventure of a lifetime? Doctor Who is back for a brand new series on BBC One, and the only way we could be more excited was if you gave us our very own TARDIS to muck about with.
The return of one of the biggest shows on the box is about to light up your Sunday nights, but what should you know about the upcoming series? From new cast members and a look at the official trailer to baddies, guest stars and when it’s actually on, here’s our guide…
The new series tells a single, overarching story
The first thing you should know is they’re shaking up the format of the show. Where series 13 differs from recent series is that it will be a serialised story spread over six episodes rather than a bunch of standalone episodes. Oh, and it’s called Flux.
The trailer looks positively epic
Explosions! Peril! People looking really flustered! There’s no doubt about it: the new series of Doctor Who looks like a wild ride.
There’s some serious trouble brewing
If that trailer is anything to go by, something dark and disturbing is coming – and it’s probably going to wipe out everything. You know how it is. That means The Doctor and her companions are about to be engaged in the fight of their lives.
It’s Jodie Whittaker’s last outing as The Doctor – sort of
While it’s the final full series in which Whittaker will be playing The Doctor, she’s going to appear in three specials in 2022 before departing alongside current showrunner Chris Chibnall. Doctor Who alumnus Russell T Davies will be back to replace Chibnall, while the identity of the next Time Lord is one of the hottest TBCs in television.
Say hello to some new companions
Companions Graham (Bradley Walsh, The Larkins) and Ryan (Tosin Cole, Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens) are gone following their exits in the last Christmas special, but Yaz (Mandip Gill, The Good Karma Hospital) is back to keep The Doctor company. We also have two new characters joining forces with The Doctor: Dan Lewis, who will be played by comedian John Bishop, and the valliant Vinder (Game Of Thrones’ Jacob Anderson).
Brace yourself for some new and returning monsters
The Doctor and her companions are right up against it in the new series. Whether it’s Cybermen, Ood, Sontarans, Weeping Angels or Karvanista (above), there’s a whole batch of baddies waiting to tear up the universe. Throw creatures known as Ravagers and the rumoured return of The Master into the mix and you’ve got true terror on a massive scale.
There are guest stars aplenty
Judging by the trailer, lots of familiar faces will be appearing in the new series. From Robert Bathurst (Cold Feet) and Blake Harrison (The Inbetweeners) to Sara Powell (Unforgotten), Kevin McNally (The Crown) and Craig Parkinson (Temple), you can be sure of lots of top talent popping up throughout the adventure.
Chris Chibnall has written most of the new series by himself
All but one of the new episodes have been penned by showrunner Chris Chibnall. The other has been co-written by Chibnall and Maxine Alderton, who wrote The Haunting Of Villa Diodati all the way back in series 4.
When is Doctor Who: Flux on TV?
The first episode of Doctor Who: Flux is available to watch at 6.25pm on Sunday 31 October on BBC One HD (CH 101/108). Also available after broadcast in Catch Up > Channels > BBC iPlayer.
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