Doctor Who is one of the longest running and most beloved sci-fi series in the world.  In 2017, Jodie Whittaker was revealed to be the 13th incarnation of the Doctor and the first woman to play the role.  The BBC just announced that the new series of Doctor Who will launch Sunday, October 7th.


The next series of Doctor Who not only marks the start of a new Doctor, but also the start of a new showrunner.  Previous Who head-writer Steven Moffat led the series for 84 episodes, being credited with writing 42 of them himself.  In 2016, Chris Chibnall was announced as his replacement.

Chibnall received critical acclaim for his drama series Broadchurch, which starred former Tenth Doctor David Tennant.  The show ran for three serials and included Future Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker in a supporting role.  Chibnall is also credited for writing four episodes of Doctor Who and was head-writer on the show’s spin-off Torchwood.


This will be Doctor Who’s first complete airing of a series on Sunday nights. Except for special occasions like Christmas, the show has been traditionally seen on Saturday’s since its return in 2005.  The switch could be due to heavy competition for Saturday night viewership.

Pictured: Yasmin Khan (MANDIP GILL), Graham O’Brien (BRADLEY WALSH), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Ryan Sinclair (TOSIN COLE)

BBC America has also confirmed that the first episode, written by Chris Chibnall and titled “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” will air in the United States at the same time as the United Kingdom.  So, American fans will get to enjoy the first episode Sunday afternoon, at the same time as their British counterparts.  Unfortunately, the remaining episodes will be aired on Doctor Who’s normal prime-time timeslot.  American fans will have to stay away from the Internet to avoid spoilers.


On Doctor Who’s new timeslot, showrunner Chris Chibnall said, “New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting.  Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time. (Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits). The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it’s going to be a blast.”

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content said, “With Chris Chibnall at the helm and Jodie Whittaker’s arrival as the new Doctor we are heralding a brand new era for the show and so it feels only right to give it a new home on Sunday nights at the heart of BBC One’s Autumn schedule. ”

The new series of Doctor Who starring Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor hits televisions Sunday, October 7, 2018.