There is just a couple of weeks to wait before Jodie Whittaker makes her debut as the Thirteenth Doctor. The highly-anticipated return of Doctor Who represents a major overhaul on both sides of the camera. Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall has taken over from Steven Moffat, and Whittaker has become the first ever female Doctor. Speaking to DoctorWho.TV, Chibnall spoke passionately about the unique ability that the long-running show has to hit the refresh button
"The amazing thing about Doctor Who is this fresh start every few years which brings a whole new jolt of energy to the show. And hopefully encourages the next generation of audiences to try the show, while also reminding existing audiences why they love it."
Back in 2010 when an unknown youngster named Matt Smith was cast in the role, the internet went into a meltdown that Moffat had ruined the show. Add to that a bigger bluer TARDIS, a bow tie, and a tweed jacket, Moffat was taking a massive gamble with the future of the series. However, all the changes were lovingly embraced with Smith becoming an instant hit with (most) fans. Moffat managed to make his introduction to Eleven very different from what had come before, yet inherently familiar at the same time. No easy task, but one that Chibnall is more than capable of achieving.
As to what we can expect from these "ten individual stories", Chibnall offered the following tease;
“You can expect emotion, you can expect action and adventure and monsters and far-off planets and huge alien vistas. You can expect a lot of humor, a lot of warmth and some great characters. Four great new friends for you to meet as they go through past, present, and future and meet some incredible people from history and go and battle on alien planets and fight threats closer to home. It’s really a whole array of different stories. Ten individual stories that show off the range of the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends but also of the show as a whole. I hope you can expect everything you’ve ever loved about Doctor Who.
More than anything, it’s hopefully incredibly entertaining and I think this series has something for absolutely everyone. If you’ve seen Doctor Who before I hope we’re going to be giving you all the stuff you love. If you’ve never seen it before, this is the place to start, and I think you’re in for a rollicking ride.”
Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Sunday, October 7.