The most recent season of The BBC’s “Doctor Who” brought one key change that hasn’t much been a part of the reboot before now – socio-political themed historicals.
Episodes like “Rosa,” “Demons of the Punjab” and “The Witchfinders” all used their period settings to explore issues like racism, nationalism and sexism along with their more regular stories of alien involvement in human affairs.
Chris Chibnall, who became the new showrunner this year, tells The Radio Times this week that having those kinds of stories is very important:
“I think you want to be writing about the world that we live in. The show is not a standalone thing, it’s a response to the times that we’re living in and the world that we’re in. When it comes to things that affect people’s lives – I think particularly things that children and young adults are going through – that feels really important.”
‘Who’ returns briefly with a New Year’s Day episode which is imminent. After that it’s expected the show won’t return until sometime in early 2020.