'Doctor Who' Season 11 Trailer: The 3 New Companions Combat Sexism Head-On
Some of The Doctor’s greatest enemies in Season 11 might be sexism, chauvinism, and misogyny so it’s pretty awesome that , three best friends and companions backing her up on her travels — not that she even needs them.
BBC released a second full trailer for Doctor Who Season 11 on Thursday morning, and it looks like the season won’t shy away from addressing sexism across time and space. The trailer skips around quite a bit to places both alien and terrestrial. “I’m the Doctor!” Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor says. “When people need help, I never refuse.”
The best moment of the trailer comes at the 0:21 mark, when the Doctor and her three companions stand in some kind of hospital and an offscreen character scoffs, referring to The Doctor, “Why are you asking her?” Very quickly, Tosin Cole’s Ryan Sinclair says, “Cuz she’s in charge, bro.” When the man replies with, “Says who!?” all three of the companions — Ryan, along with Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh) and Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill) — righteously shout, “Says US!”
Especially in recent years, Doctor Who hasn’t shied away from combatting prejudice across all of time and space. Given that this is a show involving time travel, after all, the Doctor and his/her friends are always bound to encounter all kinds of bigotry. Just last season in “Thin Ice,” Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor punched someone right in the face at the 1814 Frost Fair when the man made racist remarks to then-companion Bill, who is black.
With Jodie Whittaker stepping in as the first-ever female Doctor, she’s likely to encounter all manner of bigots and trolls, regardless of the time period. Plenty male Doctor Who fans were outraged by Whittaker’s casting announcement in the summer of 2017. The BBC, which produces the show, not only pays Whittaker the same as her male counterparts, but it looks like the show’s programming will address the complaints coming from Doctor Who trolls across the universe.
Like the Doctor says, “Let’s get a shift on!” Season 11 can’t come soon enough.
The song featured in the trailer, by the way, is “Glorious” feat. Skylar Grey by Macklemore, and it’s pretty perfect for the upbeat tone of the new season so far:
Doctor Who Season 11 will premiere on Sunday, October 7 but the exact time remains a mystery.
For more Doctor Who Season 11, check out the first trailer that debuted at the 2018 San Diego Comic-Con: