Everything you need to know about new series of Doctor Who – from cast to monsters and stunts

Jodie Whittaker is about to hit our screens for her final tme as the Doctor – and although the upcoming series is still shrouded in mystery, there’s plenty out there to whet any Whovian’s appetite.

The 13th season of the sci-fi reboot will be missing Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien) and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), but it sees the return of Mandip Gill as Yasmin ‘Yaz’ Khan.

And also teaming up with Jodie’s Time Lord is comic John Bishop, who plays new companion Dan Lewis, and Game Of Thrones star Jacob Anderson as Vinder. Fans can look forward to the return of some familiar foes, too.

The Weeping Angels, the Cybermen, the Ravagers, the Ood and the Sontarans are back – with the latter boasting a new look. Plus, after leaked photos from the set showed Daleks, there have been rumours that the Doctor’s archenemies might make a comeback.

In the true spirit of sci-fi, where story possibilities are infinite, the show will also see a host of new baddies – one of which has been revealed as a furry fiend called Karvanista.

And if fans weren’t feeling spoilt enough already, there are some exciting stunts to look forward to.

When we catch up with the cast, Mandip fills us in on a tense twirl-off she and Jodie had while suspended in mid-air.

“In the first episode there’s a scene where we’re above an acid ocean,” the 33-year-old explains.

“It was a whole day of being upside-down, swinging around. I was like, ‘My head’s going to explode, it’s not fun any more, the harness is too tight and I can’t scream!’

“It got a bit competitive and I was doing extra spins, trying to out-twirl Jodie. It made for some really unflattering behind the scenes footage!”

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Newcomer John, 54, also got to try his hand at a few stunts and reveals that “there was so much action” before teasing that the first episode looks “epic”.

The comedian also says he “reluctantly turned down” the role when he was first asked as he was scheduled to go on tour.

But the pandemic meant he could take the job and he says it’s “an honour” to be part of anything created by showrunner Chris Chibnall – who is set to depart alongside Jodie after this series, heralding the return of Russell T Davies.

John says, “To get an opportunity like Doctor Who … We all know this lasts beyond anything else you might do in your career. This is the one thing people will come back to.”

And speaking of career-defining parts, Jodie, 39, adds, “If I’m going to be associated with one thing forever, thank God it’s Doctor Who . It’s been such a pleasure.

“The thought of letting go of it fills me with grief but this show needs new energy. The joy of this part is that you get to hand on your boots.”

And, of course, that’s the biggest mystery of them all. Who will be the next Doctor to take up residence in the TARDIS?

Only time will tell…

Doctor Who airs Sunday 31st October at 6.25pm on BBC One.

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