Chris Chibnall: “There Are No Old Monsters in Doctor Who Series 11”

Look everyone; if he’s told you once, he’s told you a thousand times – there are no old monsters in Doctor Who Series 11!

New showrunner, Chris Chibnall is getting pretty annoyed at fans who think he’s probably lying about there being no Daleks in the upcoming series of Doctor Who. In fact, he says:

“There are no [Daleks in Series 11]! I don’t know how many times I need to say it. There are no old monsters this series. OK? I think, you can’t as a showrunner coming in, you can’t really define it against the past. Like, that’s what [the press] will do, but it’s actually not for me to come in and go, ‘Where am I going to place this in relation to the Hartnell era, or the Hinchcliffe era, or Peter Davison.’ It’s not about that. It’s about going ‘Ah, what stories do I want to tell? What’s happening in the world? What’s happening in film and television? And how does Doctor Who sit at the forefront of that?’ I just wanted us to feel like we were moving forward.”

If anyone asks him again about Cybermen, Autons, and Michael Grade, he’s going to punch an innocent kitten in the face. So you know those monsters you think look like Sontarans? They’re not. Ignore Barry in HR. He’s wrong. THEY’RE NOT SONTARANS.

He also reiterates that the show has to compete with Netflix series like Black Mirror, but that it should do so… by being Doctor Who! He explains:

“Doctor Who is the single greatest idea anybody’s ever had in the history of television, so just make that, really, and make it to the best of your ability.”

It’s a good philosophy, to be fair.

Incidentally, there’s no such thing as Macra either.

So would you like just one classic monster to return? Should Jodie Whittaker take on the Daleks in her first season? And – whisper, or the kitten gets it – what if Chibbers is lying…?