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New Doctor Who Series 13 Synopsis Teases the Mystery of the Doctor’s Past

We’ve got the first synopsis for Doctor Who Series 13 and while it doesn’t deliver anything exceedingly unexpected, we do at least hear that the Doctor will follow up on the revelations of The Timeless Children.

It was probably a good move for Revolution of the Daleks to largely ignore the plot (even if it’s a tad unrealistic that the Doctor not react more than she did to the idea that her own past has been hidden from her); the New Year’s Day special was intended to serve to a wider audience and chucking them into the lore of the show would’ve been a bit much.

So that leaves Jodie Whittaker’s final run of stories to properly go into the betrayals apparently at the heart of Time Lord culture, and what the Division really is.

Here’s the first synopsis, courtesy of Deadline:

Doctor Who, Season 13
Fall 2021 (BBC America/AMC+)
She’s back. The Thirteenth Doctor is returning for the thirteenth series in what is set to be a six-part Event Serial [sic]. Since their last epic battle in Revolution of the Daleks, the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) have been exploring the universe together but with the Doctor now questioning everything about her past there she will undoubtedly be searching for answers. This adrenalin fueled, universe-spanning series will also see an addition to the TARDIS with actor and comedian John Bishop joining the cast as Dan Lewis who will quickly learn there’s more to the Universe than he could ever believe. Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) is also set to make his debut on Doctor Who as reoccurring character, Vinder. Jacob’s new role will see him join forces with the Doctor, Yaz and Dan as the Doctor faces her biggest ever adventure. Series 13 is set to introduce some terrifying new adversaries and the return of truly iconic old enemies. Expect action, fun, scares, extraordinary new worlds as the Doctor and her friends confront a deadly evil…

As well as all the normal talk of “biggest adventures” and such, we do at least have the promise of “the return of truly iconic old enemies”, and though we won’t spoil the surprises here, we have already seen these monsters on location — and anyone who does want to learn more can check filming pictures on the DWC.

Doctor Who Series 13 will consist of six episodes, forming one serial, followed by three specials in 2022. Series 13 will start in Autumn 2021, while Jodie Whittaker’s last episode will air as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations next year.

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

New Doctor Who Series 13 Synopsis Teases the Mystery of the Doctor’s Past

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