Doctor Who season 11 will reportedly only have ten episodes

Doctor Who season 11When Doctor Who season 11 airs on the BBC, whenever that may be, it will feel very much different than the ones beforehand. After all, we’re talking about the shortest overall episode order since the revival first returned to the air.

According to the Mirror, the plan at the moment is for there to be ten episodes coming up for the new season of the show, which is down from the 12 during the Peter Capaldi era and the 13 we often saw before that. There is, however, a twist to this: While many of the previous episodes ran for about 45 minutes, the new ones featuring Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor will run for a full hour. This offers a chance to tell longer, more expansive stories, and focus more on individual chapters than creating a large number of them.

As for whether or not this proves to be effective, we are currently classifying that under “remains to be seen.” One of our chief concerns at the moment is that making this move is in turn going to cause some episodes to drag. With Doctor Who, one of the best things about it is that you’re able to dive into an episode, get a thoroughly entertaining story, and then depart from that before you have to spend too much time processing the million or so twists you’re getting. This is also a show with a younger audience and as a result of that, you often do have to account for what can be at times a much shorter attention span. If the stories are strong enough, maybe new showrunner Chris Chibnall finds his way around some of these obstacles and Doctor Who season 11 ends up working rather well in the end.

New episodes featuring Whittaker could air as early as next year, but filming is yet to begin and for the time being, the primary focus is understandably on the current Christmas Special, which is set to air in a couple of months. Jodie will be featured in the final moments of the hour.

What else is changing?

According to the aforementioned publication there are going to be a few things that are different when the show comes back visually, but they’re somewhat expected. For one, you will have an updated Tardis interior to signify some of the change that has happened. Meanwhile, Whittaker’s Doctor will also have a new Sonic Screwdriver. These are the sort of changes that likely anyone out there would have predicted, largely due to the simple fact that the character is ushering in a new generation. These are really the sort of things that we expect should happen almost anytime there is a new Doctor since the show should adapt around them.

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