f like me, you’ve been scouring the internet for that little nugget of information concerning the return of our favorite Time Lord, or rather, Lady, then you’ll understand the sheer frustration at the three dates that have been circling the fandom. Finally, we have a date and I'm not talking of the kind you share with an attractive individual over a candlelit dinner. Oh no! I'm talking of the official return of Doctor Who!
Surely you Whovians will recognize the following dates as they’ve been plastered across our screens in the social media universe. The 23rd September, 12th and 7th October have been plaguing us for months. When is the Doctor returning, IS she going to return and is it now acceptable to fancy the Doctor? However, it wasn’t until this week that the BBC put us all out of our misery. The wait was finally over!
Yesterday (Wednesday 5th September) the BBC released the transmission date for the upcoming eleventh series of the revived Doctor Who. The show is set to return on Sunday 7th October. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. Doctor Who has once again left its usual Saturday teatime slot and has moved to a Sunday. However the given date of the new series of Doctor Who has come as no surprise, thanks to Apple's iTunes. On iTunes, the show is available to view from the 7th October, so as you can tell it did get us all talking and discussing. It was merely 24 hours later that the BBC finally confirmed that some of us were correct. Though I think if it wasn't for iTunes I don't think we wouldn't have been given the news unless this was planned to drive us all into a frenzy.
This hasn’t been the first time Doctor Who has changed transmission days, previously the show was transmitted on a weekday to compete against ITV’s Coronation Street, but it certainly seems that this is a bold move to compete against The X Factor. However, judging by the changing of days I think it is to make it more family orientated for viewing figures. It’s a brand-new era for the show and that it certainly seems that they’re pushing for firsts in this series. Not only is it the FIRST time that the series is now going to be transmitted on a Sunday, but we have a new showrunner, a new Doctor and of course a brand-new TARDIS crew.
Episode One of the eleventh series of Doctor Who will be called 'The Woman Who Fell to Earth', certainly seems to be a play on words after the last time we saw the newly regenerated Doctor, she’s plummeting to the planet below and it’s certainly a nod to Nicolas Roeg’s The Man Who Fell to Earth. New Showrunner Chris Chibnall said “New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting. Get Everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time.”
'The Woman Who Fell to Earth' is penned by New Showrunner; Chris Chibnall. Doctor Who returns to our screens Sunday 7th October 2018 on BBC One. The Doctor is back and it certainly is about time!