The series will mark the premiere outing of the first female Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, who appeared briefly as the regenerated Time Lord in the final moments of last year’s Christmas special.
The teaser gives little away in terms of specific plot details for the upcoming 10-part series, but it does introduce us to Whittaker’s new Tardis team. In the footage we see Graham (Bradley Walsh), Yasmin (Mandip Gill), and Ryan (Tosin Cole), in a series of everyday situations, all of which are suddenly, yet subtly improved by the appearance of a mysterious golden light.
Come the end of the trailer, this light crystallises into the figure of the new doctor, whose appointment for the role garnered widespread support, with many hailing it as an embodiment of modernity and social progress.
The series is yet to be given a firm release date, though it’s expected to land sometime this autumn. A photo taken from a BBC Worldwide Showcase event showed a note which claimed the new series would ‘deliver’ this October, leading many to suggest that this was when the series would air on TV.
This may not be the case however, as in BBC Worldwide parlance, a show being ‘delivered’ refers to it being made ready for international distribution. It may well be that its transmission in the UK is delayed in order to fit in with any delays in international scheduling, though this remains largely speculative.
Regardless, the teaser, which features the voices of Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand, is sure to raise the heart rates of the nation’s Doctor Who super fans. As Ferdinand says, in the intermittent football punditry which plays out in the background of the various scenes, ‘They’ve got the makings of a really strong team. They’ve got great energy, they’ve got great flair, and that’s what people are talking about. I’m really excited to see what happens.’
Well, so are we Rio. With new faces in front of the camera, as well as new faces behind it, most notably Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch), who will take over full show-running duties, after penning a number of one-off episodes in the past, there’s a great deal of excitement in the air for Doctor Who fans.
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