BBC wants Doctor Who to feel like a “brand new show” when Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall comes to take charge of the show. In other words, expect another shake-up in 2018.
Insiders say Chibnall wants to start with a “clean slate” for his first series on Doctor Who. That’s potentially bad news for newcomer Pearl Mackie who plays the Doctor’s newest companion, Bill. She hasn’t even made her formal debut yet!
The source continues to say that “Merchandising has dropped off sharply in recent years and there is a strong desire to boost the show’s popularity among kids.”
Next year’s show is expected to air on BBC in the spring rather than autumn to avoid clashing with another popular show, Strictly.