Saturday, 15 Dec 2018

Doctor Who: What can we expect from Series 11?

Jodie Whittaker fell a long time ago. His first series of Doctor Who is expected to land on BBC One in October, but between his first appearance at the end of Twice Upon A Time at Christmas, the usual influx of [19659002] When former executive producers of the 21st century reshuffle, Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat, have generally given something at this stage, getting in. Editor-in-chief Chris Chibnall has so far been incredibly successful in keeping the next eleventh series in envelope.

With only a few months to go, we know very little of what to expect. From the usual net of Doctor Who Magazine updates to the various massive leaks that tormented the previous series, Chibnall actually put a dam to prevent the information from coming out. Even the last week of advertising, including a trailer specially aired during the final coverage of the BBC World Cup and another trailer aired after the panel last night in San Diego Comic-Con , was exceptionally guarded. Chibnall explained to the panel, "I love television when it's a community experience […] I want you all to talk. about this at the same time, and we have things for which you will not want to be spoiled. "

Shy from a couple of CV updates from the filmmakers and a falsified clip of the first episode, the new production team have actually locked most of the details down.This approach has more in common with the secret marketing of Star Wars by JJ Abrams than the previous series of Doctor Who The 50-second teaser shows no new monster, but shows the new cast in action.

"All this is new to me," says the new Doctor. "New faces, new worlds, new times, so if I really asked you, really good, would you be my new best friends?"

Si Chibnall has a say, everything will be new to us and it's not bad, but we are fans of Doctor Who so that will not stop us from understanding what we can all So, here's a summary of what we know until here and what we can expect from this brave new start of the Doctor's adventures.

New Faces

Aside from Whittaker and Chibnall taking the TARDIS from their respective camera sides, the new Doctor will come with three new friends. It worked in 1963 when the first doctor traveled with his granddaughter Susan and her two teachers Ian and Barbara. In terms of generation, we will have a reversal of this dynamic, with two young friends alongside an older companion.

Among the youngest, there are Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair and Mandip Gill as Yasmin "Yas" Khan. These characters are young police officers who will meet the Doctor while she is recovering from her regeneration. One would think that more cops would have entered the police box over the years, but Yas and Ryan will be the first ones we can think of.

The other companion of the Doctor is Graham O'Brien, played by Bradley Walsh. After working with DS's new boss Ronnie Brooks on Law & Order UK Walsh could play a third policeman, but we expect Graham to be closer to Brian Williams, Rory's father, who was created by Chibnall for the 2012 series and played by Mark Williams. While promoting his role in Peter Pan's pantomime last Christmas, Walsh described Graham as the "Doctor's Smee" in interviews.

Sharon D Clarke completes the regular cast as a regular yet unknown character. She did not show up in the teaser and was speechless about her role, which could be as easy either by a Camille Coduri or a Michelle Gomez-type trick.

On the guests' front, we were promised some big names, (including RTD, who used his guest column Production Notes in a recent Doctor Who Magazine to titillate a huge star Chibnall had spoken to him about ) but they are not proof in the trailer. We have a glimpse of the great Shaun Dooley, another Broadchurch running in the dark with the new TARDIS team. Otherwise, the teaser focuses on the new regulars.

However, apart from the trailers, we received unofficial confirmations from guest stars. Alan Cumming revealed during an interview on the podcast Homo Sapiens that he plays King James I in the series. The following week, while Clarke remembers her role in the new series on an episode of Radio 4's Loose Ends Lee Mack happily reveals that he's playing a small role in one of the new episodes. 19659002] For many however, the main attraction will be Whittaker. More than the first female Doctor, she is a wonderful actress with a huge reach, as can be seen from her emotionally strong turn Broadchurch to her brilliantly eccentric turn into the underrated Adult Life Skills .

Chibnall described his leading woman as "incredibly warm, funny, energetic, inclusive – she is the best friend you could wish to have as a guide around the universe." While Peter Capaldi's portrayal is unjustly described as too grumpy it should present a marked contrast with its approach and even with those who preceded it, with their last anxiety lately

New times

Everything also changes behind the scenes. with the format of 13 episodes throughout his term as executive producer, there was no change of custody of the Davies race, with writers and directors reported to the 5 series. Expansion of the General feeling that the show is on the way to a new frontier, there will not be so much continuity for imminent change.

In fact, everything indicates that Chibnall could be the only writer working on this series that has already contributed to ] Dr. Who . Piers Wenger, director of the BBC at the BBC, has already said that several screenwriters will come this year women writers, but if everything changes, the hopes of return of writers Series 10 Sarah Dollard and Rona Munro could be reduced in the short term . 19659002] At Comic-Con, Chibnall tackled the rumors of an American-style TV-style writers' room for the 11-series, saying that they used a mix of British and American models. It has also been confirmed that Chibnall writes five episodes and that two of the five guest writers in this series are women, including the first woman of color to contribute to the television show. , but there was a rumor last year about the winner of the former children Malorie Blackman writes an episode. Having already written The Ripple Effect a story of Seventh Doctor for Who & # 39; s 50 th birthday in 2013, Blackman is best known for it Morpion & Crosses novels, but a road map in writing for children's television that includes Byker Grove and the BBC version of his own Pig Heart Boy .

On the other hand, we know who runs the series. Jamie Childs will lead four episodes, including the first stretch and the final. With a resume including Poldark, Next Of Kin, and Stan Lee's Lucky Man it is Childs who directed the clip that revealed to Whittaker the 13th th Doctor to the world, as seen on BBC One after the Wimbledon 2017 final in men's singles.

Taking two episodes each, the other announced directors are Mark Tonderai, (whose work of the film includes The House at the End of the Street and 2009 Hush ) Sallie Aprahamian, (CBBC Dumping Ground and Wolfblood ) and Jennifer Perrott ( Newton's Law Doctors Hollyoaks ).

At the present time, the only director with the form passed on Who is Wayne Yip, (1945 Series Empress Of March and The Eaters Of Light ) who is supposed to work on the Christmas film being shot. It is one of the few that has been postponed though. Even Murray Gold, who has composed music for the show since his return in 2005, has retired from Who with Twice Upon A Time . The score of the new series will be composed by Segun Akinola, whose documentary on the BBC Mount Nyiragongo could give us an idea of ​​what to expect from its iconic air arrangement. .

Comic-Con was that there will not be two parts and that each episode of the next series will be an autonomous adventure, despite the series bows.

Chibnall said Digital Spy yesterday: "What we want people to have the impression of having the range and variety of Doctor Who this year So if you've never seen it before, you'll fall in love, and if you've seen it, you're going to get those things you like in the show through the 10 episodes. "

The idea of ​​this series as a starting point seems to be the predominant theme of what we have heard so far. As entertaining as the fan service in recent years, it's more like a fresh start, not only because we now have a female doctor, but because the show stands out on the same occasion as the showrunners in 2005 and again 2010.

New worlds

This is made worse by the idea that we will not see any monsters back in the new series. It's a great idea and has been launched many times before each series, but it's hard to believe. RTD and Grand Moff were both considered liars at different times for failing to unveil spoilers for their own shows.

It is therefore not surprising that an online fandom sector is now determined that the Daleks must be in the Christmas special, based on Chibnall's comments not to have seen them yet. On the other hand, if there is a Dalek or a Cyberman or a Crying Angel around this year, the current teasers are not going for easy money shots by showing them to us.

Instead, the focus is entirely on the characters. We are promised many new monsters, but Doctor Who has always had monsters. What glimpses we get from the new sonic screwdriver (orange!) And extraterrestrial worlds always put the characters at the center of attention. It's a big group of regulars and it looks like they know how to use them.

More than any other show, Doctor Who resets every few years, but there should be no race to hit each base until the new start is properly worn. But compare Dalek from 2005, who came halfway through the first series, to the third episode of 2010, Victory Of The Daleks .

When you already know the show, is not it better to get to know the ninth doctor and look forward to this confrontation? If you were new to this series, did not you learn the Daleks so much by seeing how this adorable guy in the leather jacket reacts to them? Putting characters before iconography is an approach that satisfies both long-time fans and newcomers.

If and when the Daleks appear in the new series, it will be nice to have known the characters first. But by the same token, I could be just as happy to watch a pillar when they appear ten minutes in episode one. The poker face that the series is putting up so far is part of what makes it so exciting.

One has the impression that we met the Thirteenth Doctor on Christmas Day, but from now on until the first episode of the Christmas Eve 11 series. Advertising will accelerate from now until October and we will probably have a glimpse of what we will get, but what we have gleaned right up to here is that it is a show that looks like it wants to make new best friends out of the audience.

The eleventh Doctor Who series will air on BBC One and BBC America later this year.

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