New Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall has been adamant that the show’s upcoming season will be all about the new. He’s said that Season 11 will consist of new monsters and new villains and act as a clean slate for new fans. And in a new interview with Radio Times, Chibnall has made this point very, very clear: longtime fans, do not expect to see your favorite villains or recurring characters in the new season.
That’s right: Chibnall revealed that Jodie Whittaker’s new Doctor will not encounter the likes of Missy, River Song, Madame Vastra, Jenny Flint, or Strax in the new 10-episode season. Not only that, but Chibnall also promised that the new batch of adventures will feature no Daleks, no Cybermen, and no Weeping Angels.
So when Chibnall said "new," he really meant new.
Chibnall told the magazine that he intends for “this to be a recruiting year for Doctor Who to bring in that next generation of audiences.” And clearing the show of any previous narrative baggage is one way to put new and old fans on equal footing when enjoying the new series.
It certainly makes sense, as the show looks to revamp creatively on a new night. The Doctor might change every few years, but there have always been a whole lot of supporting players and old stories hanging around even if the hand on the wheel of the TARDIS has changed.
Season 11 of Doctor Who premieres Sunday, October 7, on BBC One and BBC America. And even though Chibnall and Whittaker have been saying that you don’t need to “catch up” to enjoy the new season, BBC America is airing every episode of the rebooted series’ first 10 seasons beginning Sept. 25 at 6 a.m. ET. Just in case you want a refresh, anyway.
(Via Radio Times)