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Rumour: New star and showrunner are only the beginning of the changes to Doctor Who next series

October 15th, 2017 by Marc Comments

While we already know that the next series of Doctor Who will be making big leaps forward with a new showrunner in the form of Chris Chibnall and, more radically, the first female Doctor in the shape of actress Jodie Whittaker, it seems there’ll be more changes introduced too.

With all the changes taking place after current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and showrunner (Steven Moffat) step down after the end of this year’s Christmas, it now looks like other, more cosmetic changes will be a thing.

While not entirely surprising, it seems that Whittaker’s Doctor will have a new TARDIS interior and exterior as well as a new sonic screwdriver. None of this is entirely radical as it was often the case that a nee Doctor would have these new items too however, the other big rumour is that the series will run for ten episodes instead of the usual twelve or thirteen, however, each episode may well run for an hour rather than 45 minutes.

The word is this will give the stories a bigger scope and chance to flesh out story and scope.

Interestingly, speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat said that he stayed on the show because: “the alternative might have been to have had no Doctor Who at all between Christmas 2015 and the autumn of 2018.

“I realised that if I didn’t do it, then there wasn’t going to be a Christmas episode at all. And Doctor Who would lose that slot”. 

So it’s a good thing he stayed then, isn’t it? And is this conformation that Who will return in 2018?

In the meantime, how do you feel about longer episodes but less of them? And do you think it’s too soon for a new TARDIS and screwdriver?

Feel free to let us know your thoughts, guys…

Source: The Mirror

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….