The Doctor is on her way as the Time Lord prepares to return for a 13th series of the rebooted sci-fi show after recent adventures took her to Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham and all of time and space.
The latest series, which will kickstart Jodie Whittaker’s departure from the Tardis, will have six episodes this autumn followed by three special episodes until late 2022.
And a synopsis has been released of the new batch of episodes which sees the arrival of companion Dan, played by comedian John Bishop, and recurring character Vinder, played by Jacob Anderson who played Grey Worm in HBO’s Game of Thrones.
It is also understood scenes for the forthcoming series were filmed at an abandoned warehouse in Bristol in June.
The new series will again feature companion Yaz (Mandip Gill) who has been travelling with the Doctor, who is now questioning her past.
A revelation in the last series was that The Doctor was not as originally thought just another Time Lord, with the ability to regenerate and travel through space and time, but was the ‘Timeless Child’ – a being from another dimension whose DNA was replicated on Gallifrey.
For fans of the series, this radically altered the history of The Doctor as it meant there had been many, many regenerations before what was thought to the ‘first Doctor’, played by William Hartnell in the original series which ran from the 1960s to the 1990s.
Whittaker is, however still billed as the Thirteenth Doctor, following in the footsteps of other actors including David Tennent, Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi, Tom Baker and Jon Pertwee.
And in the synopsis for the new series, revealed in Deadline, shows Yaz, Dan and Vinder will help the Doctor face her biggest adventure yet.
It says: “Series 13 is set to introduce some terrifying new adversaries and the return of truly iconic old enemies. Expect action, fun, scares, extraordinary new worlds as the Doctor and her friends confront a deadly evil…”
After the six-part series, that will be one overall story, a special New Year’s Day episode is followed by a second episode in spring 2022 and a third – which will see Whittaker leave – in autumn 2022 which will tie in with the BBC’s centenary celebrations.
As well as Whittaker leaving, series showrunner Chris Chibnall is also stepping down.
Whittaker said in a message to fans: “My heart is so full of love for this show, for the team who make it, for the fans who watch it and for what it has brought to my life. And I cannot thank Chris enough for entrusting me with his incredible stories.”
Chibnall said: “Jodie and I made a “three series and out” pact with each other at the start of this once-in-a-lifetime blast. So now our shift is done, and we’re handing back the TARDIS keys.”
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