The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed Physician Who to do one thing it hasn’t executed within the trendy period — dedicate a complete season to a single story. That’s the phrase from showrunner Chris Chibnall in a new Doctor Who panel on the online-only San Diego Comedian-Con at present. Oh, and did I point out we’re getting our very first fleeting glimpse at Collection 13 in a teaser trailer? Hit that video play button above to look at it.

We’d learned last year that the brand new season would simply be eight episodes lengthy, however Chibnall says it pushed the BBC to go large: “The big thing that we’re going to be doing this year is it’s all one story, so every episode is one chapter in a bigger story,” he says.

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There have been two methods you may go: we’re simply going to do a lot of tiny episodes in a single room with no monsters, or we may throw down the gauntlet and go “we’re going to do the biggest story we’ve ever done, we’re going to go all kinds of different places, we’re going to have all kinds of characters and monsters, and it’s all going to be part of a bigger whole.” I feel it’s positively probably the most formidable factor we’ve executed since we’ve been on the collection.

Whereas many earlier seasons of Physician Who slowly introduce a thriller after which resolve it by the top (“Bad Wolf,” the crack within the wall, and so forth), this sounds a bit totally different.

Need to watch the panel your self? It’s free and options stars Jodie Whittaker (The Physician), Mandip Gill (Yas), and new forged members John Bishop and Jacob Anderson too! (Anderson performed Gray Worm in Recreation of Thrones, in the event you’re questioning why he appears acquainted.)

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Don’t anticipate any spoilers, although: “We pick it up with the Doctor and Yas who’ve been traveling together for some time, we come and meet them mid-adventure, and they stumble across some man named Dan Lewis, that’s all I’m going to tell you,” says Chibnall.

The present truly teased Dan Lewis, Bishop’s character, in the course of the vacation particular on January 1st:

Whittaker’s solely trace for Whovians: she’s most wanting ahead to “some incredible interactions with old monsters,” too. We don’t have a launch date for Collection 13 but, simply that it’ll be out later this yr, and certain completely streaming on HBO Max and BBC America within the US.

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