San Diego Comic-Con 2018 started out with a brilliant bang yesterday, as fans of Doctor Who filled the legendary Hall H for the much-anticipated introduction of Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor. According to a press conference before the panel, the new season of Doctor Who won't feature any returning villains, monsters, aliens, or allies.
"You just are [a woman] and it's a [point of view]", she said. A new Doctor is introduced every so often, and season 11 is that next big pivotal point. New showrunner Chris Chibnall, who takes over for longtime man-in-charge Steven Moffat, had this to say about the upcoming season during the panel at SDCC.
"To me, the Doctor is a pillar of hope striving for brightness and inclusion", she responded, a theme that Chibnall picked up on.
She's making history as the first female Time Lord on the popular BBC One series.
Jodie Whittaker's Doctor Who Is a Pillar of Hope
Who fans got their first glimpse of the new Doctor last week when a Doctor Who teaser dropped during the World Cup.
I spoke to a young fan named Amelia, who told me she had "been waiting for a girl Doctor for a really long time". Here are six of the key details we learned while spending the first day of Comic-Con with Doctor Who.
Speaking to Her Universe's Ashley Eckstein, she explained her favorite aspects of the new Doctor Who costume. In other words, don't get scared off if you don't know TARDIS from a Sonic Screwdriver. "It was incredible." Whittaker takes over for Peter Capaldi, who spent three seasons as the Doctor. "I felt very much as if I was in someone else's shoes", she laughed.
"New faces, new worlds, new times", says the Doctor in the trailer, and this seems to indeed be the spirit in which season 11 has been created.
"It's 10 standalone episodes, there's no two-parters or anything like that".
The ten-episode series will air in fall of 2018, and we're totally sure that no one will have any complaints about a woman Doctor by then.