The 13th Doctor will take her first steps aboard the TARDIS this December when Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor makes way for Jodie Whittaker in the 2017 Doctor Who Christmas Special. But fans will probably have to wait quite a long time to join the 13th Doctor on any real adventures. Season 11 of Doctor Who isn’t expected to premiere until fall 2018.
On Monday Digital Spy, reported that the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine features Who showrunner Steven Moffat dropping a bomb about when Season 11 will premiere. It all has to do, apparently, with upcoming showrunner Chris Chibnall’s schedule. No matter what, Chibnall wouldn’t have been able to put out any new Doctor Who episodes before fall 2018.
Fans have Moffat to thank, apparently, for not leaving them in a Who-less existence for almost three years. According to him, if Moffat hadn’t stayed on for another season, “the alternative might have been to have had no Doctor Who at all between Christmas 2015 and the autumn of 2018,” he said.
But, if Moffat is telling the truth, then that means Season 11 won’t premiere for over a year from right now.
The fall 2018 airdate was first rumored back in February, though the BBC wouldn’t confirm it at the time. The network has yet to release a statement about Moffat’s latest comments either.
Recent seasons of Who have premiered in the fall rather than the spring, with Seasons 8 and 9 premiering in August and September, respectively. Season 7 was split into two parts, the first premiering in September 2012 and the latter in May 2013, so, maybe, the BBC is doing something similar with Season 11; though the fandom did freak out at the time as they had to wait in mid-season hell.
Hopefully, we can all pull some timey-wimey tricks and make things move a little faster.