Yes, we all know by now that Doctor Who‘s new season introduces Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor… but does her gender really affect any of the timey-wimey stuff?
The Season 11 premiere (coming this fall on BBC America) is “much more a story of survival” for the Thirteenth Doctor than an examination of gender, new Who showrunner Chris Chibnall told Michael Ausiello during a visit to TVLine’s San Diego Comic-Con video suite. And that makes sense, since “last we saw her [in last year’s Christmas special], she was falling through the air towards planet Earth.” But he does hint at “stories during the season where [her gender] does pop up again… there are new challenges for the Doctor.”
Also in the video above, Whittaker and her co-stars tease the new dynamic between the Time Lord and her three companions (“we all bring different things to the show,” co-star Mandip Gill offers), explain why this season is accessible even to Doctor Who newcomers who don’t know a TARDIS from a Dalek — and even drop a few juicy, way-in-advance hints about the Season 11 finale. It’s “full of adrenaline,” Whittaker says… kind of like plummeting towards Earth without a parachute, we’re guessing.
Press PLAY above for some quality Doctor Who talk, and then hit the comments: What do you want to see in Season 11?