New Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Unveiled at Comic-Con

New Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver Unveiled at Comic-Con

Carla Harmon
July 20, 2018

If we're to be honest, Sunday's Doctor Who teaser trailer was slightly underwhelming. Alongside the new trailer above, the Thirteenth Doctor, who will be played by Jodie Whittaker, showed off what she'll be using during Season 11 to the packed hall. The show had its panel at San Diego's Comic-Con on Thursday, and now the new, expanded trailer has arrived.

Presumably, that question is for Whittaker's co-stars, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole - who are set to play Graham, Yaz and Ryan, the Doctor's new companions. Doctor Who returns to BBC One this autumn.

The Doctor with her new companions
The Doctor with her new companions

Whittaker, who was unveiled as the 13th Time Lord in July previous year, said that "it's about time" more diverse casts were shown on TV. Chibnall hinted in an interview a year ago that the new season would be filled with risk and boldness, a move solidified by bringing in the first ever woman for the leading role on the series.

"For me, the Doctor is pillar of hope, and striving for brightness and inclusion", Whittaker said. "I really love television when it is a communal experience..."

Following the release of the trailer, the BBC also debuted a new poster for Season 11, featuring a better look at the Doctor's new sonic screwdriver.

Chris Chibnall, the series' new showrunner, added: "We just really wanted to have a whole range of characters so that everybody watching the show had someone to relate to". That energy will be key in bringing together the new companions (Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole), who were cast due to their "incredible range" which goes hand-in-hand with the varying levels of emotion in the new season, according to Chibnall. "That pillar of hope is Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor Who", he added.

"The thing about this role, which is why it is so fantastic for any actor to play the role, is that essentially gender is irrelevant, and that's completely liberating", Whittaker said. "There is no barrier to entry this's a great moment to bring everybody on board. It's a big, inclusive, mainstream, accessible series". Perhaps they will show up in season twelve or perhaps Chibnall is intentionally leading us astray.

Whittaker will make history as the first woman to ever play the Doctor, who has mostly been portrayed by older white men - though recent iterations have seen the Doctor as young as age 27 with Matt Smith, who played the Eleventh Doctor.

"It's 10 standalone episodes, there's no two-parters or anything like that", Chibnall, who became another new aspect of Doctor Who after being tapped as showrunner following Steven Moffat's departure, revealed.

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