Doctor Who will bring back old monsters… just not this series: "It's not like it's a rule forever"

In case you missed it, Doctor Who is not bringing back any old monsters this series. None. At all. Zero. Zilch. Nada.

But while new showrunner Chris Chibnall is keen to focus on original threats and fresh faces in series 11, he’s of course not ruling out reappearances from classic foes like the Daleks in future.

“It’s not like a rule forever in Doctor Who,” he said, responding to the query of a young fan at the launch of the new series in Sheffield.

“It’s just that this year in the series we’ve got new monsters and new faces, but as is relatively well-known, I’m as big a fan of the show as anyone. So there’s lots of things you would like to bring back, and we might do that in future. But just not this year.”

Chibnall, who replaces Steven Moffat as series boss on the BBC sci-fi, explained that he wanted to “just show the range of what Doctor Who can do” with his first series in charge, starring Jodie Whittaker as the new Doctor.

“Visually, emotionally, geographically, time and space… the whole range of everything,” he said.

That range took the Doctor Who production team everywhere from Sheffield to South Africa during filming. The former location was described by Chibnall as “the home for this series of Doctor Who” and will appear throughout the 10 new episodes, while the latter represents “a couple of different worlds” across the series.

“It exceeds what I hoped we could achieve,” Chibnall added of the new series. “I first saw Doctor Who when I was 4… [so] it’s really emotional.”

Doctor Who begins on Sunday, October 7 at 6.45pm on BBC One.

The series premiere, ‘The Woman Who Fell to Earth’, is written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Jamie Childs, and will feature guest appearances from Sharon D Clarke, Johnny Dixon and Samuel Oatley.

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