In a rapidly changing world, even The Kingdom of Great Britain, that stalwart bastion of western democracy is changing too. The last few years have seen things like Brexit and other indications that great nation is not immune to its effects. Even an institution as British as the Union Jack and Fish and Chips, like Dr. Who has also inevitably been affected. Season 11 of the long-lasting perennial series is undergoing a changing of the guard that reflects the changing world around it.
As most Whovians and other genre fans know, Doctor Who season 11 is coming in 2018 with a new showrunner and a new Doctor in the TARDIS. Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall will take over as showrunner from Steven Moffat, and Jodie Whittaker will become the Thirteenth Doctor and the first female iteration of the classic fantasy character since the series began back in 1963.
Also, the BBC has announced three new additions to the cast of Doctor Who‘s upcoming 11th season. Set to join Jodie Whittaker as she takes over as the Thirteenth Doctor is Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK) as Graham, Tosin Cole (Hollyoaks) as Ryan, and Mandip Gill (Hollyoaks) as Yasmin. Walsh as Grahm is rumored to be the Doctor’s next companion. Also joining the series in an unspecified recurring role is actress Sharon D Clarke (Holby City).
Chris Chibnall (Broadchurch) will serve as the new head writer and executive producer, taking over for Steven Moffat. “The new Doctor is going to need new friends,” Chibnall said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin, and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents, and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show.”
Also, as previously rumored, new showrunner Chris Chibnall is shaking up the format a bit as well; the upcoming season will feature just ten episodes instead of the usual dozen or 13, but they’ll be a bit longer at 50 minutes apiece, and the premiere will clock in at a full hour.
Doctor Who will return to BBC and BBC America when “Twice Upon a Time” airs on Dec. 25, with Whittaker succeeding the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi.