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Doctor Who Season 11 Trailer Is A Blast, But Lacks Familiar Elements

Doctor Who has released a new trailer for Season 11, and we're once again given a glimpse of Jodie Whittaker in action as the new Doctor ahead of the sci-fi show's return. Our latest look at the upcoming season is a real blast of excitement, although diehard fans will almost certainly notice this trailer lacks the elements we're used to seeing in Doctor Who trailers.

The Doctor Who trailer has loads of action, lots of shots of Jodie Whittaker and her "friends," (not companions), and an uplifting vibe that might make one forget that there was anything else to include in there. So that's something of a good sign, at least, and my enthusiasm for Whittaker's Time Lord remains high.

However, the TARDIS is once again nowhere to be seen, unless it's meant to be represented by the interior of that white and blue ship everyone is standing in about midway through the trailer. That's doubtful, though, thanks to a leak that revealed the iconic ship's re-designed main room. So it might instead be that brown spaceship that appears in quite other moments few scenes in this trailer. Is it possible this vehicle is a temporary ship for the team to get around in while the TARDIS is elsewhere, possibly being rebuilt?

Anything seems to be possible in regards to Doctor Who Season 11, as new showrunner Chris Chibnall has gone on a timey-wimey-wampage by changing up nearly everything familiar from previous seasons of Doctor Who. That includes bypassing well-known foes for introducing new villains, which themselves are nowhere to be found in this trailer. (Minus maybe that weird wire ball The Doctor spots moving along a ceiling, since it could have foul intentions.) The rampant action and running displayed by The Doctor and her friends imply they'll have plenty to run from in Season 11, even if we can't see what it is. And the space scenes, on top of the synopsis for Episode 2, "The Ghost Monument," indicate there will be interspace travel as well. Read it below.

Still reeling from their first encounter, can the Doctor and her new friends stay alive long enough in a hostile alien environment to solve the mystery of Desolation? And just who are Angstrom and Epzo?

We've also learned what will be happening in the Season 11 premiere as the synopsis for "The Woman Who Fell To Earth" has Jodie Whittaker's Doctor largely out of sorts, meeting companions/friends Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O'Brien in South Yorkshire city, where she'll attempt to help them battle whatever weirdness is happening in the town. That may not go as smoothly as things usually go for The Doctor, as the description adds she's got a bit of amnesia and has forgotten her own name. In other words, it sounds like viewers aren't going to be the only ones experiencing a "soft reboot" in the season premiere!

Doctor Who Season 11 premieres on BBC America on Sunday, October 7, at . Keep track of that date as well as the return dates for various other programs with our handy fall premiere guide.

Mick Joest
Mick Joest

Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.