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Doctor Who Teases New Season Featuring A GOT Alum And New Companion

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BY July 31, 2021

We last saw the Doctor on New Year’s Day as she bid farewell to two companions in an emotional episode. She was left with her diehard companion Yaz, and a brief post-credits scene introduced a new companion waiting in the wings. Now we finally have a teaser for the next season of Doctor Who, thanks to a Comic-Con At Home panel. Although the teaser promises that Doctor Who will return ‘later this year’ we still don’t know exactly when that will be. However, we do have a few notable pieces of information about the next season of Doctor Who. Let’s dig into what we know, and what we can glean from the teaser trailer.

New Cast Members Join Doctor Who For The New Season

Doctor Who New Season Image via BBC America

Right away the teaser trailer establishes that John Bishop will be joining the Doctor and Yaz aboard the TARDIS next season. He will play a character named Dan, although we still don’t know much about him as of yet. However, he is not the only new face joining Doctor Who next season. GOT alum Jacob Anderson also joins the cast as a character named Vinder. With all that hair, Anderson is almost unrecognisable from his days as Gray Worm, leader of the Unsullied in Game of Thrones. This is the special guest star that the BBC was teasing for Doctor Who in the lead-up to Comic-Con At Home.

The Doctor’s Biggest Adventure Yet

According to showrunner Chris Chibnall, the next season of Doctor Who will be a little bit different from what fans are used to. Due to the filming constraints caused by the pandemic, the showrunners had to get a little creative with their storytelling. In the Doctor Who panel during Comic-Con At Home, Chibnall revealed that this upcoming season of Doctor Who will be one long story.  Each episode is a different chapter in that story. So that means Jacob Anderson will not just be a one-episode guest appearance. But instead he will be a major player in multiple episodes next season.

Doctor Who New Season Jacob Anderson in Doctor Who | Image via BBC America

This is certainly different from what contemporary fans of Doctor Who are used to. Most of the seasons of the show since its reboot in 2005 have contained standalone episodes. There is often a narrative through-line that links the episodes. But we haven’t seen this kind of singular focus on a story since classic Doctor Who was on the air. With only 8 episodes in this upcoming season of Doctor Who, that should make for the kind of tightly focused storytelling that has been somewhat lacking during Chibnall’s tenure as showrunner.

With new faces aboard the next season of Doctor Who, we eagerly await news of an actual premiere date. Of course we will keep you updated as we learn more. For all of the latest news, stay tuned to Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today!

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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