Doctor Who takes risks. It’s in the series’ DNA.
After introducing the first female Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, a few years ago, the long-running British sci-fi series continued its tried-and-true combination of one-off time travel episodes, heartwarming holiday specials, and gripping season finales.
The dramatic potential of Doctor Who reached new heights at the end of Season 12, which completely reinvented the Doctor’s origin story. Now, headed into its thirteenth season (with the thirteenth Doctor), the series is trying something new: a season made up of chapters in one overarching story. Here’s why this serialized style is risky — and how the series could pull it off.