Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Series 11 air date confirmed as Doctor Who moves to Sundays

Fans have been awaiting the news for months, but now an official air date for Jodie Whittaker's debut as the Thirteenth Doctor has been confirmed; and it brings with it a major change to the show's scheduling.

The BBC have announced that the first of the 10 episodes of Series 11 will premiere globally and on BBC One on Sunday 7th October. And yes, that means the show will be moving away from its Saturday night slot for the first time since its return in 2005!

Moreover, it's been announced that the season premiere, which will run for an extended length, will be aptly titled The Woman Who Fell to Earth, following up on that cliffhanger from Christmas.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall said of the change: 
"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."
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content, added:
"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 BBC One’s Autumn schedule."
Showrunner Chris Chibnall has written the first episode of the brand new series which is titled The Woman Who Fell to Earth. With the Doctor on her way it’s only a matter of time before viewers can enjoy being transported out of this world this autumn.
More details as they arrive!