Everything you need to know about the new season of Doctor Who (2024)

This weekend the Doctor and his companion Ruby Sunday are back in a new season of BBC science fiction show Doctor Who. Viewers were first introduced to the Fifteenth Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, last year during the show’s 60th anniversary specials.

On Christmas Day last year the new Doctor met Ruby, a young woman who was abandoned as a baby outside a church on Ruby Road. The pair faced off against goblins who proceeded to try and erase the Time Lord’s new friend from history.

At the end of the adventure the Doctor showed Ruby the TARDIS, and now the new duo are set to travel across time and space.

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But who’s in the cast of the new season of Doctor Who, what’s the plot, which locations were used and how can you watch? Here’s everything you need to know. Try WalesOnline Premium for FREE by clicking here for no ads, fun puzzles and brilliant new features.

Who’s in the cast of the new season of BBC Doctor Who?

Ncuti Gatwa (Sex Education) and Millie Gibson (Coronation Street) lead the cast of the new season of Doctor Who as the Fifteenth Doctor and Ruby Sunday, respectively. Also joining the cast in guest roles is Jinkx Monsoon, Michelle Greenidge, Angela Wynter, Anita Dobson, Aneurin Barnard, Yasmin Finney, Jonathan Groff, Gwïon Morris Jones, Bonnie Langford, Genesis Lynea, Jemma Redgrave, Lenny Rush and Indira Varma.

Callie Cooke, Dame Siân Phillips, Alexander Devrient, Bhav Joshi, Majid Mehdizadeh-Valoujerdy, Tachia Newall and Caoilinn Springall, are all in the cast too.

What’s the plot of the new season of BBC Doctor Who?

Within the upcoming series – of which there will be eight episodes – audiences will see the Doctor and Ruby travel through time and space on adventures to unknown lands, to the Regency era in England, to outer space worlds and the '60s. The episode titles are:

  • Space Babies: Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Julie Anne Robinson

  • The Devil’s Chord: Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Ben Chessell

  • Boom: Written by Steven Moffat, directed by Julie Anne Robinson

  • 73 Yards: Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Dylan Holmes Williams

  • Dot and Bubble: Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Dylan Holmes Williams

  • Rogue: Written by Kate Herron and Briony Redman, directed by Ben Chessell

  • The Legend of Ruby Sunday: Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Jamie Donoughue

  • Empire of Death: Written by Russell T Davies, directed by Jamie Donoughue

Which locations are used in the new season of BBC Doctor Who?

The new season of Doctor Who has once again been filmed in and around Wales. Various locations have been used throughout Ncuti Gatwa’s first series as the Time Lord, with the studio work taking place at Bad Wolf Studios in Cardiff.

For the second episode of the new season, The Devil’s Chord, filming took place in Cardiff and Newport. A Cardiff location doubled for Abbey Road in The Beatles-themed adventure.

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A regency episode, now known to be titled Rogue, was shot at Tredegar House in Newport. American actor Jonathan Groff joined Ncuti and Millie for filming. He is set to play a mysterious character called Rogue in the episode.

Cardiff city centre, just outside the Media Wales offices, were also used with Ncuti and Bonnie Langford, who returns as Melanie Bush, riding an orange motorbike. See pictures from filming here.

How can you watch the new season of BBC Doctor Who?

The series will kick things off with a two-episode premiere on Saturday, May 11, with episodes available at midnight on BBC iPlayer, in line with the global release on Disney+. If you don't want to stay up late, the series will continue to get a primetime Saturday slot on BBC One. The first two episodes will air on BBC One back-to-back at 6.20pm and 7.05pm on May 11, right before the Eurovision Song Contest 2024. This pattern will continue for the rest of the season, with a new episode dropping at midnight on iPlayer before the Saturday night TV slot. .

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Everything you need to know about the new season of Doctor Who (2024)


What do we know about the new Doctor Who? ›

Doctor Who makes an explosive return on 11 May with a brand new series as Ncuti Gatwa's Fifteenth Doctor and Millie Gibson's Ruby Sunday travel through time and space on adventures to unknown lands, to the Regency era in England, to outer space worlds, the sixties and beyond.

Who is the new Dr. Who in 2024? ›

The series is the first to star Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor, a new incarnation of the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in the TARDIS, which appears to be a British police box from the outside.

Why are there only 7 episodes of Doctor Who season 13? ›

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on television, the series' production included only eight episodes, reduced from the previous eleven. Six episodes were designated to the thirteenth series, with an additional three airing the following year.

Who will be the Doctor in season 14 of Doctor Who? ›

Doctor Who season 14 represents a fresh start with new actors and characters, while also maintaining a sense of tradition through familiar faces. Ncuti Gatwa impresses as the upbeat and intense Fifteenth Doctor, while Millie Gibson's mysterious Ruby Sunday adds intrigue.

Does David Tennant have a twin brother? ›

Why is the new Doctor a woman? ›

Tom Baker thought a woman could take over from him after his tenure as the Time Lord ended in 1981. The show's creator, Sydney Newman, suggested in the 80s that, if the show were to continue, the Doctor should change gender. Joanna Lumley even portrayed a female incarnation of the Doctor in a 1999 Comic Relief sketch.

Who is confirmed to be the 14th doctor? ›

David Tennant, previously known as the 10th Doctor, is now also known as the 14th Doctor.

What is the personality of the 15th doctor? ›

Charismatic and suave , the fashion-forward Fifteenth Doctor is one of the Time Lord's most empathetic and compassionate incarnations.

Is the new Doctor Who a man? ›

TV's New Doctor Who Has An Old Connection To The Series

Gatwa is playing the 15th Doctor – a guy given to wearing bright clothing, with an excitable manner and a dazzling smile, full of enthusiasm and emotion in a way we haven't always seen in previous versions of the character.

Who will be the 16th Doctor? ›

Matt Smith, renowned for his role as the Eleventh Doctor, will once again step into the TARDIS, this time as the sixteenth incarnation of the Time Lord, mirroring David Tennant's celebrated Doctor Who return last year.


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