Jodie Whittaker’s takeover of the titular role isn’t the only change coming for the new season of Doctor Who.
The popular science fiction series moves from its usual Saturday time slot to Sunday nights, with the first episode premiering on October 7.
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While the new time slot for the series has yet to be announced, the season’s U.S. BBC America premiere will start at the same time as its U.K. debut on BBC One, and a special encore presentation of the episode will air at its new primetime time slot that evening on BBC America.
The premiere episode is titled “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” and stars Jodie Whittaker as the new 13th doctor, alongside Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, and Bradley Walsh, and is written by new showrunner Chris Chibnall.
“New Doctor, new home! Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights–and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting,” Chibnall said in a statement. “Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time.”
BBC is keeping other details for the 10-episode season under wraps, so we’ll just have to wait until it airs to follow Whittaker’s quest as the new Time Lady.
“With Chris Chibnall at the helm and Jodie’s arrival as the new Doctor, we are heralding a brand new era for the show and it feels only right to give it a new home on Sunday nights at the heart of BBC One’s autumn schedule,” Charlotte Moore, director of BBC Content, told The Guardian.