After a long wait, Doctor Who Season 13 is nearly here! Russell T. Davies first revived the sci-fi show with Christopher Eccleston 17 years ago, and the Doctor has been saving the world from aliens ever since.
Jodie Whittaker is the current custodian of the TARDIS, although we now know that this will be her last full season as the Doctor. Aside from three additional specials which we’ll be watching at some point in 2022, this series will be Jodie’s final adventure across space and time.
The newest series is shorter than most fans would like but nevertheless promises to be a single, epic story told across just six episodes.
When can we expect the show to return? Which companions will join her? What enemies might she face? Here’s everything we know about Doctor Who Series 13 so far!
Doctor Who Season 13 release date
Although a teaser has been released for Doctor Who Season 13, the BBC still hasn’t confirmed an exact release date for the upcoming season. All we know right now is that the show will return “later this year”.
Since we’re already into September, we’re hoping this means we’ll be seeing the Doctor again soon!
How many episodes will Doctor Who Season 13 have?
The upcoming season of Doctor Who will be shorter than fans would want. Initially, Doctor Who Season 13 was planned for an 11 episode run. Due to the impact of COVID-19, filming was delayed, and the new season was cut down to a shorter run of just 6 episodes, plus two specials which will air in 2022.
One of these specials will be the usual Doctor Who Christmas special 2021 (airing on New Year’s Day), with the other following in Spring next year.
When the BBC revealed that Jodie Whittaker would be leaving, they also announced that a third and final feature-length adventure had been commissioned to help celebrate the BBC’s centenary next year. This additional episode will air in autumn 2022 and will be the final time we see Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor before she regenerates into a whole new character.
Meet the new team TARDIS! ✨ pic.twitter.com/6lp270V5LHAugust 16, 2021
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Who are the companions in Doctor Who Season 13?
The Thirteenth Doctor clearly enjoyed having her “fam” around her, but the 2020 Christmas Special split up her group of companions for good. Graham (Bradley Walsh and Ryan (Tosin Cole) both decided to leave the TARDIS behind for good at the end of the previous episode.
Although we don’t know when he’ll set foot inside the TARDIS for the first time, the Doctor and Yaz will bump into Dan Lewis played by none other than stand-up comedian John Bishop. He’s joining as a brand-new companion this season and was first teased at the end of last year’s Christmas special.
Thanks to the recent Comic-Con panel, we also know that Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) will appear as Vinder. He didn’t give much away about his new character, but he described joining Doctor Who Season 13 as “a real-life childhood dream” and said it was an honor to appear in the show!
Is there a trailer?
Yes! The BBC revealed a short teaser for Doctor Who Season 13 over the weekend, and it promises big things for the Doctor.
While it doesn’t give much away, we did get some brief glimpses at the Doctor, Yaz, and Dan in action and a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of some rather menacing robotic creatures. Plus, we saw Yaz grilling the Doc about some sort of secret… what is she hiding?!
With the trailer promising Season 13 will be the Doc’s “biggest adventure yet”, it looks like there’s plenty of action to look forward to when the show returns later this year!
What rumors have we heard so far?
Captain Jack Harness (John Barrowman) may feature early in the series. These rumors started after a synopsis for a Captain Jack comic book tie-in briefly suggested it would link closely with the second episode of Season 13.
In March, some eagle-eyed fans spotted Doctor Who filming on location in Liverpool. Among some sneaky snaps of the TARDIS, this also sparked debate around Donna Noble (played by Catherine Tate) returning to the show. Sadly, Tate’s spokesperson confirmed that she was “very much not in Liverpool” for filming at the time.
Although Jodie’s first season was dominated solely by new monsters and alien races, that all changed when the Daleks, the Master, the Judoon, and the Cybermen became important in series 12. It looks like that trend of returning monsters is set to continue for Doctor Who Season 13 as both the Sontarans and the Weeping Angels have been spotted on set.
Spooky goings on outside the house tonight in Penarth. It’s daylight at 8and a rather strange statue in the middle of the road. Mmmm I wonder what they’re filming?? Could it possibly involve a Doctor. Who knows?? Good to see the film industry starting up again. pic.twitter.com/pr5fD7oVmrDecember 8, 2020
The cast and Chris Chibnall also dropped some cryptic hints at their Comic-Con @ Home panel that another classic monster will be returning, although we don’t know who (or what) that might be.
Is Jodie Whittaker leaving Doctor Who?
Rumours about Jodie’s departure started as early as January 2021, but the BBC officially confirmed that Jodie Whittaker and the current showrunner, Chris Chibnall would be leaving after those three specials we mentioned earlier in this article.
If you’re now wondering who will replace Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who, Olly Alexander has been tipped as the prime candidate. His name has been thrown around multiple times, and he was recently rumored to be “thrashing out final details” with the BBC to play the role by The Sun.
However, his agent released a statement saying that the rumors weren’t true as Olly was focussing on his music for the time being. So, it seems the Fourteenth Doctor’s identity will remain a secret for some time to come.
Seasons 1-12 of modern Doctor Who are available to stream on BBC iPlayer in the UK right now, and US readers can find them on HBO Max. You can also watch episodes of classic Who on BritBox.