“Doctor Who” Changing Format, TARDIS & More

A new star, a new showrunner and now The Mirror reports that when “Doctor Who” returns it’ll also be adopting a new format along with some more standard upgrades.

The upcoming eleventh season will see “Broadchurch” showrunner Chris Chibnall and actress Jodie Whittaker re-teaming for new ‘Who’ which will adopt a slightly different approach. Since the show’s return in 2005, it has averaged 12-13 episodes per season, each running an average of 45 minutes in length.

With Whittaker’s tenure as the Thirteenth Doctor and first female incarnation of the famed Time Lord, the format will be changed to just ten episodes per season, but each will adopt a full 60 minute runtime.

Whittaker is also getting a new sonic screwdriver, and a whole new TARDIS interior as opposed to a slightly redressed one which current Doctor Peter Capaldi inherited from Matt Smith. This will be the most drastic redesign of the TARDIS interior since 2012.

Whittaker will make her debut in the final moments of this year’s Christmas special as Capaldi and current showrunner Steven Moffat offer up their final episode together.

“Doctor Who” season eleven is expected to premiere late 2018 on the BBC.