Doctor Who season 13, which is currently being filmed after the COVID-19 pandemic seriously hampered its production, is still months away from making it to our television screens. So, in order to provide some satisfaction to hardcore Doctor Who fans, a new trailer has been released, which is running high on adrenaline and giving viewers a much-needed glimpse into what’s next.
See the new Doctor Who season 13 trailer below, with a new companion in a former Game of Thrones star.
The trailer was released at Doctor Who’s panel presentation at the recently held [email protected] The panel for the sci-fi show featured Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, John Bishop, and showrunner/executive producer Chris Chibnall. The trailer presents Jodie Whittaker, who has been the current i.e., the thirteenth iteration of Doctor Who. A jolly adventurer who seeks non-violent methods to solve problems, she will be on her biggest journey to date in season 13 while hiding a big secret. Ever since the show began with William Hartnell playing the titular character, only male actors have essayed the role. Whittaker is the first woman to play the character.
This current version of Doctor Who has had multiple companions including Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair, Ryan’s step-grandfather as Graha, O’Brien (Bradley Walsh), police officer, Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill), and Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman). The trailer also featured John Bishop who is the latest addition to the show. He has joined season 13 as Dan Lewis and will be replacing Ryan and Graham as the new companion of Doctor Who. As reported by Deadline, Bishop gushed about the opportunity to be on board the TARDIS during the panel discussion and the chance to act beside actors like Whittaker and Gill. The trailer also provides a first look at guest star Jacob Anderson. He has joined the upcoming season as Vinder who appears to be in cahoots with Doctor Who.
As mentioned, the shooting of Doctor Who season 13 was one of the countless productions that were affected by the pandemic. Because of it, the approach towards plotting the storyline for the upcoming season has been significantly tweaked. Till now, all seasons of Doctor Who have seen standalone episodes telling their individual stories. Chibnall has shared that this time not only has the pandemic clipped season 13 to just eight episodes but also made them craft a singular story that will be told throughout the season. Given the pandemic-induced difficulties in production and the constantly shrinking time frame to complete shooting, it was decided that instead of doing “lots of tiny little episodes,” they will do “the biggest story we’ve ever done.”
While there isn’t much to unpack when it comes to the plot details of Doctor Who season 13 and what adventures await the time-traveling Time Lord, Chibnall has shared that even though there are fewer episodes, the rag-tag group of adventurers will definitely be hopping around different places which are going to have all kinds of characters and monsters. And unlike the past seasons, this time all of them will be contributing to an “ambitious” overarching plotline.
Though the production of Doctor Who season 13 started in November 2020 and is still underway, the series is set to premiere on BBC America towards the end of 2021.