The new season of Doctor Who will bring fans a new Doctor, a whole new set of companions, and perhaps even more fun, a slew of brand new villains.
During a roundtable discussion at New York Comic Con, showrunner Chris Chibnall and executive producer Matt Strevens teased the newly created monsters they’ve developed for the 11th season, and there should be quite a few since there will be no returning classic creatures. That’s right: no Daleks, Cybermen or other classic Who baddies will make an appearance. While part of the decision to start with a blank slate was simply wanting to inject some monstrous variety into the show, another big reason was the desire to engage the audience in a new way.
“For the generation of viewers who are going to hopefully come on board now, we want it to feel like these are their monsters," Chibnall explained, "the ones they can own, whether they’re a kid, or a first-time viewer of 28 or 98,"
“I think some of the biggest fun is seeing how they land with the audience,” Strevens added. “I’m thrilled to see what happens, and who takes what monsters to their heart, and how they react - that’s so great to watch.”
Because this season will be made up of 10 standalone episodes - no ongoing or two-part stories this year - they can have lots of monsters and villains arrive to position themselves against the Doctor.
So what information can they give us on the new creatures? Well... not much, to be honest.
“We’re being really cagey about spoilers because the story of Doctor Who and the story of the episodes is always ‘who are the monsters? What do they want? What’s their plan?’ If I tell you now, I’ll ruin episode five for you, and I don’t want to do that!” Chibnall stated.
He and Strevens did tease that the variety of villains this year will hopefully bring great fun for fans. With monsters of all shapes, sizes and textures, Chibnall promised the creatures will be a big part of creating some different style episodes. “We just wanted a real variety. They’re surprising, they’re fun, some are creepy, some are scary, some are odd, so it’s going to be a bit of showcasing what Doctor Who can do."
Doctor Who airs Sundays at 8 PM EST on BBC America in the U.S., and stars Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill.