If there was one thing that disheartened England fans would have wanted to appear at the end of the World Cup final, it would have been a machine capable of traversing time, warning Gareth Southgate that Mandzukic is not as tired as he appears and reversing those 52 years of hurt. Thankfully, Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor did materialise today in the first trailer for series 11 of Doctor Who. Although not detracting from the fact that football is still not home, it certainly got the world in motion for what is perhaps the most anticipated and important series in the show’s fifty-five-year history.

The highly awaited teaser trailer offered us our first-look at Whittaker’s ground-breaking incarnation of the 13th Doctor since she brilliantly debuted in the 2017 Christmas special Twice Upon a Time. The trailer briefly – and I mean briefly –   introduces us to our new Tardis team which includes Graham (Bradley Walsh) Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Yasmin (Mandip Gill).  The specifics of their characters are still under wraps, however it is speculated that Yasmin and Graham will play police officers due to a few leaked production photos.

The new series does not only usher in dramatic changes in front of the camera, behind-the-scenes new showrunner Chris Chibnall will endeavour to leave his idiosyncratic stamp on the show. Succeeding from Stephen Moffat, Chibnall, who is best known for his hit detective drama Broadchurch, has already made a break from the past regarding the show’s structure and formula with many hoping he can bring a sturdy and sustained through line to the series. Series eleven will be made up of 10 episodes, two or three less than previous series. To make up for the reduced number of episodes, every show will be around five minutes longer than the average running time of 45 minutes. This is a move that will hopefully put an end to many of the rushed conclusions derided by fans of the show over the past few years.

This trailer also arrives after the BBC stated they would be pursuing legal action against the California-based internet forum app Tapatalk, after a clip featuring Whittaker’s Doctor was shared on the site. The footage showed one of Whittaker’s first scenes as the Doctor and the decision whether or not to spoil the fun has plagued Whovians since its emergence on the internet. However, this unexpected bump is not detracting from the superb work carried out by the BBC’s promotional team, who earlier this week announced that Whittaker and her fellow cast members would be making their presence felt at San Diego Comic Con on the 19th of July at 11:45 am local time (7:45pm UK time). Whittaker also announced that she would be joining San Diego’s Women Who Kick Ass Panel on the 21st.

With the debut of this new trailer alongside these forthcoming events, expect next week to be fizzing with Doctor Who news and speculation for what is shaping up to be one of the most interesting series of the show so far.

By Greg Dimmock

Part-time English Undergraduate, full-time film buff... Maybe I made a mistake?