It’s time to bin ‘Doctor Who will return this autumn’ as the BBC have finally announced the air date and the title of Jodie Whittaker’s debut episode.
Doctor Who will return on Sunday 7th October with The Woman Who Fell To Earth.
— BBC Press Office (@bbcpress) 5 September 2018
BBC Content Director Charlotte Moore said:
“With Chris Chibnall at the helm and Jodie Whittaker’s arrival as the new Doctor we are heralding a brand-new era for the show and so it feels only right to give it a new home on Sunday nights at the heart of BBC1’s Autumn schedule.”
New showrunner Chris Chibnall said of the move from the traditional Saturday night slot:
“New Doctor, new home!
“Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting. Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time. (Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits). The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it’s going to be a blast.”
The October start means that the ten-episode run will head right into December, which would leave only a small window for fans to wait before a festive special – which has all kinds of exciting storytelling potential – allowing the production team to shoot the episode while the current series is airing which Chris Chibnall has already hinted that it may have started already.
As for what Sunday slot the new series will take, it seems more likely that the Doctor Who will squeeze in before Countryfile and Strictly Come Dancing at around 5:30 pm, returning to its original family friendly teatime slot – The post Strictly slot seems too late on a night before school.
The countdown for the new series begins!
Doctor Who will return on Sunday 7th October on BBC One.