With Doctor Who returning in a couple of weeks for its 13th season, subtitled “Flux,” previously guarded information is starting to come to light.
For one thing, current showrunner Chris Chibnall confirmed for Doctor Who Magazine (via the official Doctor Who website) the directors and writers for his final season as the head writer and executive producer of the program. As it happens, all but one episode, part 4 of the “Flux” story, were written solely by Chibnall himself. “We had some other really great writers scheduled, but a lot of our plans had to be altered,” he explained. “Partly because the new series is a serial, partly because there are less episodes and partly because of the turnaround.” Joining him as co-writer of part 4 is Maxine Alderton, who wrote Season 12’s “The Haunting of Villa Diodati” — one of last year’s highlights.
Directing duties are split between James Magnus Stone — who helmed the Season 12 opener, “Spyfall Part 1” — and Azhur Saleem, a newcomer to the program.
Meanwhile, Jodie Whittaker filmed her final scenes as The Doctor this week. And while chatting with Graham Norton on his eponymous talk show (via Radio Times), she confirmed filming her half of the regeneration scene, but made clear the person playing the 14th Doctor was not on set nor does she know the identity of the new Doctor. “We filmed some scenes, but the new Doctor wasn’t there. I wasn’t there for Peter [Capaldi], and I only met him months later when I passed him in the street!” she said. It is possible the new Doctor has not been chosen, but we still suspect there is a 14th Doctor out there planning their wardrobe for the 2023 60th anniversary special and the subsequent season. Whittaker’s final moments will screen during a special episode set to air sometime in 2022.
Doctor Who returns for “Flux” on October 31st.