While season 11 is still a few weeks from completing production, Chibnall declared, rather emphatically, that the Thirteenth Doctor has not encountered any of her old adversaries like the Master, Daleks, Cybermen, or Zarbi. Sharon D Clarke is also playing a recurring character in the new series, which is the first for Chris Chibnall as head writer and executive producer. But the Doctor is regenerated every time ... so there is only a slight difference.
One of the biggest stories coming out of this year's Comic-Con was the groundbreaking introduction of the first female Doctor in the history of the Doctor Who franchise, and the first trailer introducing her has us very excited to be part of history.
In the press room, Chibnall calls this casting decision "possibly overdue", and says he considers it a "no-brainer" that Whittaker should get the role.
Later at the panel, she was asked if there was a single defining element of her Doctor.
Buzz has already begun swirling around the new season of the beloved British sci-fi show, and curious fans have been looking for more peeks at the new Doctor. Sometimes within episodes, other people's responses are different because they're speaking to a woman. "I have never approached a role thinking of it 'how would a woman play this?' because I am one".
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I want to say thanks to those who rescued my boy. "So we dug holes to find a way to escape and stopped when we were exhausted ". Some were greeted with hugs, tears and smiles from waiting relatives and friends when they returned home on Wednesday.
Cole then stepped in saying: "That formula's still there". More importantly for me, everyone focused on how inclusivity is at the forefront of the show and the creators' minds. The Doctor Who Christmas Special has run consistently for the last 13 years, since the series came back in 2005.
"Heroes don't have to tick the same boxes", says Whittaker.
Whittaker summed it up, "Like Tosin said, it's 2018; women shouldn't be a genre".
"It's 2018!" adds Cole. "That pillar of hope is Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor Who", he added. The panel, however, intentionally lacked spoilers, and Chibnall took the time to explain why the show has kept things so wrapped up. Rather, these are the Doctor's 'friends'. "I think audiences are really going to fall in love with her this year". This all indicates a more reciprocal, mutual relationship than the more old-fashioned descriptors "assistants" and 'companions'. It was littered with tents, sleeping bags, and chairs filled with long time Whovians who were making new friends, sleeping, playing games and discussing all things nerdy-but mostly anxious for the new era.
There's rarely been a better, more exciting time to be, or to become, a Doctor Who fan.