Everything we know so far about ‘Doctor Who’ Season 11

This news summary on the eleventh 21st Century season of Doctor Who will be updated regularly as more details are revealed.


Who are the executive producers?

Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall will take over as lead writer and executive producer when Steven Moffat departs at the end of Season 10 in 2017.

Matt Strevens (Misfits, An Adventure in Space and Time) will executive produce alongside Chibnall.

Chris Chibnall: “Doctor Who is the ultimate BBC programme: bold, unique, vastly entertaining, and adored all around the world. So it’s a privilege and a joy to be the next curator of this funny, scary and emotional family drama.”

Steven Moffat: “It took a lot of gin and tonic to talk him into this, but I am beyond delighted that one of the true stars of British Television drama will be taking the Time Lord even further into the future. At the start of Season 11, Chris Chibnall will become the new showrunner of Doctor Who. And I will be thrown in a skip.”


Who is playing the Doctor?

Chris Chibnall: “I have ideas for what I want to do then we will go out and find a person who would match that. People love actors and people turn on shows for actors. So you want to find an actor who people are going to be interested in and delighted and intrigued by in that role. The joy of the casting process is that often the first people you have in your mind are not necessarily the people you end up getting and then you can’t imagine once you start working with them anybody else doing it.”

Chris Chibnall: “…I have a very clear sense of what we’re going to do, without even knowing who’s going to play the part.”

Peter Capaldi will depart Doctor Who in 2017’s Christmas special, with the Thirteenth Doctor taking over in Season 11.

Daily Mirror: “BBC bosses want Doctor Who to feel like “a brand new show” under incoming boss Chris Chibnall… so we can expect a whole new line-up in 2018. Insiders say the Broadchurch writer will have a “clean slate” to start afresh for his first series…”

BBC source: “BBC management wants a return to the format from the David Tennant era, when you had a dashing male lead and young female companion. Merchandising has dropped off sharply in recent years and there is a strong desire to boost the show’s popularity among kids.”

The Mirror: “Bosses are already discussing a fresh start when Steven [Moffat] leaves. They’ve been happy with what Peter has brought to the role but some think it might make sense to give Chris [Chibnall] his own choice of actor to play the Doctor. They hope he will be able to find someone who can have the same impact as Matt Smith did when Steven Moffat kicked off his run as executive producer.”


When does filming start?

Season 11 is expected to begin filming in early 2018.


When will it air?

Season 11 is expected to be shown in autumn 2018.


How many episodes will there be?

Episode numbers have not yet been confirmed, but 12 episodes looks likely, followed by a Christmas special.


What should we expect from the new era?

Chris Chibnall: “…you can basically tell any story in the universe.”

Steven Moffat: “…what’s exciting about Chris is, I don’t think people have seen his Doctor Who yet. He’s done Russell [T Davies]’s Doctor Who, and he’d done my Doctor Who … so I don’t think we’ve seen Chris’ authorial take on Doctor Who, and I’ll be very, very excited to see what that is.”

Steven Moffat: “He’ll have, I would think, a quite different approach. I could make some guesses about where he’ll go with it, but… I’m not going to say. Except, beautiful dialogue. And beautiful plotting. He’ll be amazing.”

Steven Moffat: “He’s very much his own man, so I don’t precisely know what he’ll be like. But he has a tremendous grasp of how you run a show like this. He’s coming in knowing how showrunning works, in a way that I didn’t. So Chris will bring the experience.”

Matt Strevens: “I grew up watching [Doctor Who]. My Doctor was Tom Baker and then Peter Davison. I’m a huge Peter Davison fan.”

Matt Smith: “…[Chibnall is] a brilliant writer, I think he understands the show, the history of the show, the legacy. I think he’ll have a really good interesting grand plan and you know, I can’t wait to see what he’ll do. I’m one hundred per cent behind him.”

Peter Capaldi: “I think Chris is a wonderful writer, so that’s the exciting thing about Doctor Who — I don’t really know what he’s going to do with it. It’s going to be different and he’ll take it in a direction that is his… and that’ll be very exciting. That’s the lovely thing about Doctor Who, it keeps changing. Steven’s been fabulous but it will be very exciting to see what Chris does.”

Mark Gatiss: “…huge congratulations to Chris Chibnall on his elevation to Lord President! The show is in very good hands.”

Chris Chibnall: “I’ve loved Doctor Who since I was four years old, and I’m relishing the thought of working with the exceptional team at BBC Wales to create new characters, creatures and worlds for the Doctor to explore.”

Polly Hill, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning: “Chris Chibnall is the perfect successor to take over the reins of this incredible show, so I am delighted that his love for Doctor Who has made it impossible for him to resist! Chris is an incredible writer and his vision and passion for Doctor Who gives it an exciting future and promises to be a real treat for Doctor Who fans across the world.”


Will there be any returning characters?

John Barrowman: “Chris [Chibnall] wrote a lot for Captain Jack [in Torchwood], so… who knows!”


Who will the writers be?

Mark Gatiss: “I think Chris [Chibnall] has got an entirely new writing team. I don’t think anyone knows any details, which is kind of exciting!”

Phil Ford: “Obviously, I would jump at doing more Doctor Who.”

Catherine Tregenna: “I would absolutely love to get involved again. It was, and still is, a great experience. I’d definitely write [an episode] again… if they’d have me back!”

Neil Gaiman: “Now I’m just sort of hoping that I can get one done while Peter Capaldi is still the Doctor, because it would be a very sad thing if I lost my chance to write for a grumpy, Scottish Doctor.”

Gareth Roberts: “I’d love to see William Russell back [as Ian Chesterton] in the show! That’s so rich and so fertile for someone to do. You’d have to explain it enough so that everyone would get it.”

Neil Cross: “There’s a whole bunch of stuff I want to do.”


Will Chris Chibnall really be adopting the American-style ‘writers room’ system?

Chris Chibnall: “I really like that and in some ways it is less pressure than writing eight hours by yourself. It will be a very different process and experience in every way and in the end that turned out to one of the appeals of the job.”

BBC spokesperson: “It’s still very early days and no fixed model has been decided upon yet. Chris Chibnall as the new showrunner will write his own episodes and is currently exploring different ways of working with new and established writers on the show.”



What do you want to see in Season 11? Let us know below…

  • russell

    What the programme needs, is a brand NEW threat. One designed to capture the imaginations of the young (children), young at heart, and the greater general public. The two classic monsters, are products of the 1960’s. A NEW FOE for the dr- with commercial crossover appeal- derived from compelling storytelling….would not only give the programme a tremendous boost; but allow Chris’s time to TAKE OFF in style. Peter ,should also not be discarded lightly.

    • Robert

      Yeah like the silence in season 6 and beyond, but with that story arc closed, there needs to be a new character brought in

  • I doubt Chris Chibnall will be as good for the show as Steven Moffat but whatever he’s got planned I look forward to seeing it. Cautious optimism and low expectations.

    And keep the Twelfth Doctor for at least one Chibs season. That’s non-negotiable.

  • John McJohnson

    I want to watch Chibnall’s episodes again but that means watching 42, The Hungry Earth/Cold Blood, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three and it happens they’re all on my Do Not Watch Again list.

    • Terrible Fate

      I agree, they’re all awful.

      • lilomoony

        The Silurian ones aren’t too bad. I don’t really like any of the others.

  • Terrible Fate

    For anyone who thinks Chibnall is a good writer I counter with Broadchurch 2, 42, Cyberwoman and The Power of Three. When the best thing he’s ever written is literally called Dinosaurs on a Spaceship there’s nothing to be said that can save him.

    • The best thing he’s ever written was Exit Wounds. That was good, which sadly makes it an anomaly on his CV.

      • SteveF

        I will try to keep an open mind on Mr Chibnall, let’s see what he can do, but his body of work to date has not been strong. Unlike most people, I quite liked The Power of Three, but most of his other stuff, including Countrycide, was pretty meh. At least he tries out new story formats. Maybe Doctor Who will be his finest hour. I really hope so, it’d be a shame for the show to lose ground at this point

    • Hh

      But does anyone honestly think he is a good writer? I’ve seen nothing which actively praises him written anywhere. The only thing that is brought up in his favour is Broadchurch 1 which is most certainly a backhanded compliment as it’s a rather mediocre procedural with a muddled ending (a Chibnall trademark) which got marked out of the pack due to things which have nothing to do with him (casting Olivia Colman and the scenery). The most positive comments I’ve seen about Chibnall are that he didn’t write the very worst episodes for Doctor Who (I guess RTD and Matthew Graham share that honour). It’s a disgrace the BBC have done this to the show. It’s going to be hard enough for the show to ever reach the heights it had under Moffat and particularly the almost perfect series 9 but to replace him with a complete nonentity who has demonstrated time and time again that he cannot write a decent script? Just looks as though the BBC want to starve the show out of business. No wonder Moffat wants to be rid of it when they are treating his legacy in such an appalling way.
      I just hope when Broadchurch 3 comes out and it’s the same kind of sanctimonious, poorly written drivel as the last one (with Tennant still there and Chibnall writing, that’s an inevitability) that the BBC might realise their mistake and start looking for a replacement showrunner.

      • The worst DW writers in my opinion are Russell T Davies (though he does get it right occasionally), Pip & Jane Baker (Time & the Rani), Mark Gatiss, Anthony Steven (The Twin Dilemma) and Glen McCoy (Timelash).

      • SMC

        With you every step of the way, Hh. “Bored Church” was a complete yawn for me because the characters were the dullest damn people ever — except for the beach woman with the dog, but noooo, Tennant glumming around with that dreary “policewoman” was what Chibnall was interested in. Come to think of it, “dreary” is the most accurate adjective I can think of for that show. Hyped to the moon, dull as ditchwater.

        Moffat and Capaldi will go find other interesting things to do, but I fear for DW’s future, I really do. However, I too have other interests in life, so I can manage “So long, it’s been good to know ya” — back when it *was* good to know ya.

  • I’ll check back on this list in18 months. I think Moffats two year notice is the longest in entertainment history.

  • Charlieboy

    So, no facts!

  • Mighty Kublai Khan

    Most of you lot should be ashamed of yourselves.DR WHO fans? PAH! You’re merely a bunch of Steven Moffat devotees.Which would you rather: the programme to continue-or the programme to end? If you don’t like Moffat’s OWN choice- DON’T WATCH. Simple as that. Dr WHO Will do fine without you thankyou very much! What made Steven Moffat seem like such a shoe-in before he began? Fatal Death- Chalk- Press Gang??? Get real and grow up. He’s chosen Chris Chibnall , because he is an experienced : writer-programme maker and showrunner; not only that, he gets the score at Cardiff, and actually gives a damn about Dr Who. Unlike someone who might never have watched sci-fi, wouldn’t know one end of a sonic screwdriver from another- and would probably run a mile, if ever confronted by so called ” fans” as you twerps. If you haven’t noticed, DR WHO is about change.Historically, technically,and artistically.Many of the best people to have worked on it produced mud/ before/ as well as/ gold. Verity Lambert: The Sensorites~ Marco Polo. Robert Holmes: The Krotons~The Ark in Space. Steven Moffat: Let’s Kill Hitler~ Listen. Just because you don’t like what you’ve seen of Chibnall to date, doesn’t mean he won’t deliver. His previous efforts on the show, were ideas given to him- briefs. Briefs presented by the likes of Moffat. Who you forget had editorial control. Don’t like ” Dinosaurs”? I don’t care much for ” Time of the Doctor”. Change is going to happen whether you like it or not.Tough isn’t it. I’M a true fan- I’ve watched through think and thin. It’s a show about a time traveller and monsters…And I’ ll be there again in 2018.

    • Heav

      Amen! Thank you!

    • SteveF

      Well that’s the World told. Now go and have some nice warm milk and try to calm down dear

    • SMC

      Life’s too short for “through thick and thin”, IMO (literally, since I’m in my seventies). If you think DW is (and should be) nothing but “a time traveller and monsters”, I’d guess that you still have *lots* of time, and good luck with it.

      Steven Moffat has been looking for someone to take over DW for some time, and Peter Capaldi is not (in my estimation) the kind of actor who can keep doing one formula over and over (“a time traveller and monsters”) without getting bored to death. Better for him to leave than stay and work at the level of acting out a series of comic book stories, with matching merch. He’s a super actor, which is much bigger and more interesting than a “superhero”.

      As for Chibnall, what I’ve seen of his work is not encouraging, but he might do just fine, and I’d love to see more work from talented women writers, actors, and directors on DW. So I’ll likely stick around a while to see where the show goes post Moffat. But you can be sure I’ll follow Capaldi when ever he leaves, because he’s an interesting actor to watch.

      • Mighty Kublai Khan

        You misunderstand me. My comment about “thick and thin”, was a reference to enjoying the show as a whole.Sticking with it. Being a fan. Not cherry picking, or being a supporter of a small or single part of its long history.In otherwords, a lover of the show in its entirety, rather than a Steven Moffat fan only. Your dig about having too much time on my hands, in relation to your comments about my writing about ” a time traveller and monsters “, was also ill judged. I was generalizing. Of course the programme is about more than this, but to sum up its basic premise in a few words- such a statement is fairly accurate. I was also making the point: that it is easy to be pretentious about such a television programme. You also make the mistake of assuming I was being totally simplistic in my terms. A monster, or something monstrous, can be many things. That is not as you suggest: ” one formula over and over “. And at no point do I consider that what would be best, are ” comic book stories “. As if to say, immature nonsense. There YOU are making a negative generalization. Read any good ones lately? You’d be surprised. Where you and I DO share something in common however, is in our appreciation of Peter Capaldi. An actor of merit – and one to be proud of.

        • SMC

          Hmm. Thanks for a reasoned, and reasonable reply. You’re right about “cherry picking” — I do, in most things where I can, as there is so much that I don’t have this option about. It was the “time traveler and monsters” template at its repetitious worst that had me leaving DW several times — but I always check back to see whether things have become more to my liking. I mean it when I say, don’t stay for what you don’t like, but look again because it’s always changing; it’s worked well for me, although of course nothing works well for everybody. But really somewhere after Tom Baker DW got so repetitious with that fairly bare bones formula that my household of watchers gave up on it. It pretty much *was* monster-monsters.

          As for comic books (or graphic novels), I do check them out from time to time (there are several good stores in town). In general, I find them simplistic action stories, just as they were when I collected comics (mainly EC) as a kid. This was driven home for me when I picked up a couple of DW comics, and found the stories pretty much stripped of everything but action exaggerated to look more like superhero movies — nothing much in the way of moments of calm, reflection, emotion that has duration rather than an explosive moment here or there; mainly “characters” with no time to develop beyond being stereotypes, in nearly constant “motion” via slashing diagonals and busting-the-frame gestures in an approximation of 3D techniques in movies.

          Exceptions exist, of course (Sturgeon’s law, “90% of everything is junk” holds true) — Gaiman’s “Sandman”, work by Dave McKean, highly personal comics like “Maus”, “Palestine”, “Persepolis” etc. (Have you some newer ones to recommend? I’m always looking.) But by and large, the style is fast and shallow, and intentionally so. I’m clearly not in the target audience; that doesn’t mean I can’t have opinions about this particular medium’s means and effects.

          And I think the Doctor is too big, too full of potential, to be held within the confines of the general run of comic book tropes and styles. And actor working at Capaldi’s level highlights this potentiality brilliantly. If, after he goes, the show loses that sense of depth — why should anyone stay with it who finds it no longer has that pleasure to offer?

  • Rob Baker

    I would like to see gaps filled in with new story arcs and reexamine the great time war. I am writing my own episode right now. I’m a wounded warrior and have become disabled from combat wounds so I have nothing but time on MY hands and a lifetime of experience in the art of war

  • tardis_blue

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  • Sam Jones

    I think Russell T. Davies was probably the more successful commercially out of him and Steven Moffat. The 10th Doctor especially was very accessible for a wide audience and the show seemed to appeal to more people. The main criticism I have for Moffat’s tenure (although I enjoyed it) was that it seemed to be only made for the fans. I always had to explain storylines and story arcs and such like to everyone else. Also, there was a very big merchandising boom during the 10th Doctor’s era. There was so much that you could get that was branded Doctor Who. That sort of died out after Series 5 (one year into Moffat’s tenure). I have a feeling that Chibnall will return the show to the Davies era standard with more accessible characters and storylines, and a great deal of merchandising. I am keeping an open mind in his contributions to his show, and I really hope that he will succeed, and that Doctor Who won’t die again.