It’s all change for Doctor Who, with the series making a number of huge wholesale shifts as it moves to Season 11. A new showrunner in Chris Chibnall, a new Doctor (Whom we don’t know yet) and maybe a new way of telling stories. That’s the tease from Chibnall at the very least.
Speaking to the Royal Television Society, Chibnall stated;
“I finally said yes because I love the show to my bones. I resisted it for a very long time, and [the BBC] really had to woo me…But, in the end, I had ideas about what I wanted to do with it. When I went to them and said, ‘This is what I would do’, I actually expected them to say, ‘Ooh, let’s talk about that’, but they said: ‘Great!’”
Sadly Chibnall didn’t go further with the details, instead only saying that the BBC was behind his proposed vision for the show. In his words;
“Yes. What the BBC was after was risk and boldness.”
It raises the idea of Doctor Who taking on a more Broadchurch style approach to storytelling; rather than the shows traditional jumping from week to week. Occasionally, the show does dabble in multiple episode arcs (many fans called out Season 9 for having too many of these).
It would be an interesting change of direction for the show. It would being the series closer to its roots. During the original run of Doctor Who, episodes could run for upwards of 8 or 9 outings before wrapping up. New Doctor Who has preferred to follow a more serialized approach favored by other television shows – arguably one of its better features.
Certainly we’re interested to see what Season 11 brings to the table. Doctor Who is one of the longest running television shows around – so of course it needs re-invent itself. The big question is whether fans of the show will buy into such a drastic shift.