As many have already suspected, Chris Chibnall has confirmed that the next series of Doctor Who will make a break from the past and won’t feature monsters like the Daleks, Cybermen, or Weeping Angels.
The showrunner spoke to The Times about the upcoming season, and explained his decision to leave out staples of the recent era:
“I want this to be a recruiting year for Doctor Who to bring in that next generation of audiences.”
Chibnall has hinted that the Daleks wouldn’t be in Jodie Whittaker’s first series as the Thirteenth Doctor, but with this latest interview, he’s also confirmed that the Cybermen, Weeping Angels, and Missy (the regenerated form of the Master) won’t feature either.
Furthermore, he’s broken the not-surprising-at-all news that River Song (Alex Kingston) and the Paternoster Gang (consisting of Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, and Strax) won’t return in the upcoming 10-episode run.
Unless, of course, he’s lying.
It does seem a mistake not to have the latest incarnation of the Doctor face up to the character’s longest-running and most popular enemies. Nonetheless, we’re pretty sure at least one race from the show’s history will be back. And he doesn’t count the Daleks out of future episodes. Christmas, for instance, might be a good chance for Whittaker to take on Skaro’s finest…
What do you think, DWC readers? Is this a mistake? Should a new Doctor bed themselves in by going up against the Daleks or Cybermen? Or do you welcome a host of new monsters?