Doctor Who: series 11 opening episode to be longer than originally announced

Back when the BBC confirmed Doctor Who series 11, that’s filming now, it in doing so confirmed rumours that the episode count would be down to ten. That was being offset by the fact that the episodes would be longer, with the standard Doctor Who series 11 instalment set to run to 50 minutes.

However, the opener, Jodie Whittaker’s first full adventure in the role of the Doctor, was given a bit of extra time, running to an hour. But now it’s been revealed that a further five minutes is being popped on top of that. That Doctor Who series 11 will premiere with a 65 minute special.

The confirmation came as part of the BBC Worldwide slate confirmation, that wrote of Doctor Who…

Doctor Who 9 x 50′ & 1 x 65’

Already highly anticipated, Series 11 heralds a brand-new era for Doctor Who with a world-class team at the helm. Incoming lead writer Chris Chibnall has a fresh and inclusive vision for the series. Bigger and bolder than ever, this series marks the arrival of Jodie Whittaker, the 13th Doctor – a super-smart force of nature, alongside a team of new and delightful characters. The show will be full of action and adventure, humour and thrills. An unmissable high-end drama everyone will enjoy.

A BBC Studios production and BBC AMERICA co-production

The show returns to our screens in the autumn, and filming continues.