Oh, brilliant. Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor is debuting very soon, and she’s moving Doctor Who to primetime Sunday nights on the BBC.
On Wednesday, BBC announced “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” the first episode of the new season of Doctor Who (and the first starring Whittaker) will premiere on Sunday, October 7. The rest of the season will premiere on Sunday nights at a time slot yet to be announced.
So, Whovians at New York Comic Con, make sure your DVRs are ready.
For American fans, the show will have a special premiere time, airing on BBC America at the same time it does in the UK. But fret not over silly things like time zones, because there will be a “special encore presentation” for U.S. viewers when the episode airs again later that day.
In “The Woman Who Fell to Earth,” the Doctor recruits new companions in Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yasmin (Mandip Gill), and Graham (Bradley Walsh). The new season is overseen by new showrunner Chris Chibnall, who previously wrote other Doctor Who episodes like “42,” “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship,” and “The Power of Three,” as well as a handful of Torchwood episodes.
In the summer of 2016, Whittaker made history when she was cast as the first actress to play the iconic Doctor, the regenerating alien hero of British staple Doctor Who. She made her TV debut as the Doctor in the 2017 Christmas special, “Twice Upon a Time,” where previous actor Peter Capaldi formally retired as the character.
Doctor Who will return on October 7 on BBC and BBC America.