Doctor Who Season 13 Trailer Released, Confirms 2021 Premiere

The Doctor Who Season 13 trailer just arrived at Comic-Con 2021. The Doctor Who panel began with the BBC releasing the teaser trailer online, showing fans their first looksat the returns of Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, as well as the debut of new companion John Bishop, and the first look at guest star Jacob Anderson as Vinder. All three joined showrunner and executive producer Chris Chibnall during the panel to talk about what fans should expect from the show's thirteenth season, which the trailer confirms will release later this year. You can watch the new trailer below.

At the end of Doctor Who's recent holiday special, the BBC announced that Bishop would join Doctor Who as the Doctor's newest companion, Dan. His addition comes after two of the Thirteenth Doctor's previous companions, Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Graham O'Brien (Bradley Walsh), exited the series during the same episode.

"If I could tell my younger self that one day I would be asked to step onboard the TARDIS, I would never have believed it," Bishop said. "It's an absolute dream come true to be joining Doctor Who and I couldn't wish for better company than Jodie and Mandip."

Chibnall chimed in, "It's time for the next chapter of Doctor Who, and it starts with a man called Dan. Oh, we've had to keep this one secret for a long, long time. Our conversations started with John even before the pandemic hit. The character of Dan was built for him, and it's a joy to have him aboard the TARDIS."

Doctor Who is currently filming its thirteenth season, as rumors of Whittaker's departure from the show circulate. "In this strangest of years, the Doctor Who production team have worked wonders to get the show back into production," Chibnall said in a statement. "We're thrilled to be back making the show. Given the complexity of making Doctor Who, and with new and rigorous COVID working protocols, it's going to take us a little longer to film each episode, meaning we expect to end up with eight episodes, rather than the usual 11. But rest assured, the ambition, humor, fun and scares you expect from Doctor Who will all still be firmly in place. For everyone around the world, this is a challenging period – but the Doctor never shirks from a challenge!"

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