Thanks to Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill & John Bishop, and showrunner Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who fans learned last month that Series 13 would be hitting screens in 2021, be a one-story season, and find Jacob Anderson (Broadchuch, Game of Thrones) joining the cast as Vinder. In a way, that was meant to soften the blow from the news that Whittaker and Chibnall would be leaving the long-running BBC series after the upcoming series and three specials in 2022 (more on that in a minute). But for now, we're focusing on the immediate future- and in particular, an official overview of Series 13 that was released by AMC Networks (owner of BBC America) as part of their TCA summer press event presentation. While not exactly spoilers, it does offer some context to what fans already know about the series (while Steven Moffat has already spoiled who one of the "iconic old enemies" is).
Here's a look at the first official trailer for Series 13, followed by the synopsis released by AMC Networks:
She's back. The Thirteenth Doctor is returning for the thirteenth series in what is set to be a six-part Event Serial. Since their last epic battle in Revolution of the Daleks, the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) have been exploring the universe together but with the Doctor now questioning everything about her past there, she will undoubtedly be searching for answers. This adrenalin fueled; universe-spanning series will also see an addition to the TARDIS with actor and comedian John Bishop joining the cast as Dan Lewis who will quickly learn there's more to the Universe than he could ever believe. Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) is also set to make his debut on Doctor Who as reoccurring character, Vinder. Jacob's new role will see him join forces with the Doctor, Yaz and Dan as the Doctor faces her biggest ever adventure. Series 13 is set to introduce some terrifying new adversaries
and the return of truly iconic old enemies. Expect action, fun, scares, extraordinary new worlds as the Doctor and her friends confront a deadly evil…
After Series 13 premieres in the fall, Whittaker and Chibnall will be a part of three feature-length specials in 2022- with the final special also marking the end of Whittaker's run (and we're assuming the introduction of the new Doctor, still unknown as of this writing). The first special will screen on New Year's Day, with the second airing in the spring, the third in fall 2022 as part of the BBC's centenary celebrations. Of course, BCTV has some thoughts about the showrunner search here if you're interested.
"My heart is so full of love for this show, for the team who make it, for the fans who watch it and for what it has brought to my life," Whittaker said. "I cannot thank Chris enough for entrusting me with his incredible stories. We knew that we wanted to ride this wave side by side and pass on the baton together. So here we are, weeks away from wrapping on the best job I have ever had." Chibnall added: "Jodie and I made a "three series and out" pact with each other at the start of this once-in-a-lifetime blast. So now our shift is done, and we're handing back the Tardis keys. Jodie's magnificent, iconic Doctor has exceeded all our high expectations."
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