Doctor Who Series 11: determining the remaining episodes

The first eight episodes of Doctor Who have been officially named and their writers and directors identified. There is partial information on Episodes 9, 10 and 11.

Episode 1: The Woman Who Fell to Earth

The Woman Who Fell to Earth, BBC

Air date October 7, written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Jamie Childs

Guest cast: Sharon D Clarke, Samuel Oatley, Jonny Dixon, Amit Shah, Asha Kingsley, Janine Mellor, Asif Khan, James Thackeray, Philip Abiodun, Stephen MacKenna, Everal A Walsh


Episode 2: The Ghost Monument

The Ghost Monument, BBC

Air date October 14 written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Mark Tonderai

Guest cast: Shaun Dooley, Susan Lynch, Art Malik, Ian Gelder


Episode 3: Rosa

Rosa, BBC

Air date October 21, written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall, directed Mark Tonderai

Guest cast: Vinette Robinson, Joshua Bowman, Trevor White, Richard Lothian, Mason Gareth Marks, David Rubin, Ray Sesay, Aki Omoshaybi, David Dukas, Morgan Deare, Jessica Claire Preddy


Episode 4: Arachnids in the UK

Arachnids in the UK, BBC

Air date October 28, Written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Sallie Aprahamian

Guest cast: Chris Noth, Shobna Gulati, Tanya Fear, Ravin J Ganatra, Bhavnisha Parmar, Jaleh Alp, William Meredith, Sharon D Clarke


Episode 5: The Tsuranga Conundrum

Air date November 4, written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Jennifer Perrott.

Guest Cast: Suzanne Packer, Ben Bailey Smith, Brett Goldstein, Lois Chimimba, David Shields, Jack Shalloo


Episode 6: Demons of the Punjab

Demons of the Punjab, BBC

Air date November 11, written by Vinay Patel, directed by Jamie Childs

Guest cast: Shane Zaza, Amita Suman, Hamza Jeetooa, Leena Dhingra, Shaheen Khan, Shobna Gulati, Ravin J Ganatra, Bhavnisha Parmar, Nathalie Curzner, Barbara Fadden, Emma Fielding, Isobel Middleton


Episode 7: Kerblam!

Ryan, the Doctor, Graham, Kerblam!, BBC

Air date November 18, written by Pete McTighe, Directed by Jennifer Perrott

Guest cast: Julie Hesmondhalgh, Lee Mack, Claudia Jessie, Leo Flanagan, Callum Dixon, Matthew Gravelle


Episode 8: The Witchfinders

“I love apple bobbing!”, The Witchfinders, BBC

Air date November 25, written by Joy Wilkinson, directed by Sallie Aprahamian

Guest cast: Alan Cumming, Siobhan Finneran, Tricia Kelly, Julian Kay


The following episodes are best guesses based on what is already known.


Episode 9

Air date December 2, written by Ed Hime, directed by Jamie Childs

Guest cast: Ellie Wallwork, Lisa Stokke


Episode 10: Series 11 finale

Mark Addy, BBC

Air date December 9, written by Chris Chibnall, Directed by Jamie Childs

Guest Cast: Mark Addy, Phyllis Logan


Episode 11: Doctor Who special


Air date unknown, written by Chris Chibnall, directed by Yayne Yip

Guest cast: Daniel Adegboyega



Pete McTighe’s episode was directed by Jennifer Perrott, who also directed The Tsuranga Conundrum.

• Jamie Childs directed The Woman Who Fell to Earth, Demons of the Punjab the yet-unnamed Episodes 9 and (finale) 10.

• Sallie Aprahamian directed both Arachnids in the UK and The Witchfinders.

Kerblam! takes place on a warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka.

The Witchfinders takes place in 17th century Lancashire

• Episode 10 involves technology attached to the temples of the Doctor, Graham and Yaz.

• Phyllis Logan plays a character called Andinio in Episode 10.

• Daniel Adegboyega plays Isaac Sinclair, likely Ryan’s father in Episode 11.

• Lisa Stokke plays Trine in Episode 9.

• Jan Le plays Umsang in an episode directed by Jamie Childs, so Episode 9 or 10.

This article has been updated. We’ll keep you further updated as soon as we learn more.

Doctor Who Magazine #532 will officially release information on Episodes 7 through 10 on November 15.