The Thirteenth Doctor landed at Comic Con 2018 to a room full of Whovians on Thursday morning. Taking a mid-morning slot in Hall H, the new Doctor, Jodie Whittaker, received an enthusiastic welcome from the crowd. Fans saw the first true trailer for Thirteen.
If you were quick enough to spot it, you would’ve seen the new sonic screwdriver for just an instant in that trailer. Whittaker whipped out the sonic for all to see in Hall H. As usual, an authentic fan collectible version is also available and pictured below.
The word of the day for the upcoming season was “new.” New Doctor, new friends, new showrunner, and new monsters. During the panel, showrunner Chris Chibnall said we wouldn’t see any monsters from previous seasons showing up in season 11, and that includes the iconic Daleks. Chibnall said they were two weeks from finishing shooting and they hadn’t seen a Dalek yet.
It’s because of all these fresh takes on the longest running sci-fi series in history that Chibnall believes this is the perfect time anyone curious about the show to tune in. He encouraged the audience to invite their friends who hadn’t seen the show to start with season 11 because they won’t need any prior knowledge of the Doctor or Doctor Who to dive right in with the new Who crew.
That crew consists of Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill), and Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh). Although the latter actor was not at the panel, his co-stars quickly proclaimed him the funniest actor they had worked with. A short video made by Walsh showed him breaking into Whittaker’s trailer while she is away and doing a very funny impromptu version of the Doctor Who theme song.
The chemistry between the three cast members who were on the panel was evident. They laughed and joked the entire time, particularly as they tried very hard to not reveal anything specific that was happening in the upcoming season. It’s obvious this Doctor and her companions have a lot of energy to burn and, from the looks of things, they’ll have plenty of adventures to use that energy on. But of the many Doctors and companions over the years, who would the actors choose to have on the show again if they could?
“David Tennant,” Whittaker said immediately, to a massive cheer from the crowd. It’s a fitting choice not only because Tennant remains a fan favorite but because the two starred in three seasons of Broadchurch together under Chibnall. Tennant was one of three former Doctors that Whittaker consulted with after being offered the role (Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi were the others).
“All I remember [David] saying — and I was lucky to speak to Matt [Smith] and Peter [Capaldi] — all I remember is, ‘This is the most amazing thing that can happen to you and there’s only a few of us who know how it feels’,” Whittaker said.
Season 11 of Doctor Who premieres this Fall.
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