Sure, the move has been rumoured for a while, but it's still shocking - with most expecting the BBC to treat the first female Doctor in the same way as they have the male Doctors, rather than "othering" the character by putting her into a less competitive slot.
The much-anticipated new season of Doctor Who finally has a premiere date.
Doctor Who will move into a new regular time slot on Sunday nights for Jodie Whittaker's first season as The Doctor.
The show has always been known for fearless women, but in early October the first female Doctor is in.
The last time viewers saw the Doctor, she was falling from her TARDIS so it's about time for the Doctor to land. All we know is that the USA premiere will air in the afternoon simultaneously with its United Kingdom debut with a special encore airing later that day in Doctor Who's regular Sunday evening slot. This year marks a brand new era with a new Showrunner, a new Doctor, new friends and a whole host of new monsters - so it's only fitting that the new Time Lord will land in a new time zone on BBC One.
Joining Whittaker for Season 11 are the Thirteenth Doctor's three (!) new companions: Bradley Walsh (Law & Order: UK) as Graham, Tosin Cole (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Ryan and Mandip Gill (Hollyoaks) as Yasmin. Chibnall said in a statement.
Whether you're new to Doctor Who, are coming back to Doctor Who after not watching for several seasons, or are a long-dedicated Whovian, this season is shaping up to be unbelievable. As the first woman to play the Doctor, she has spoken about what the role means to her. The long-running sci-fi series will make its debut on Sunday, October 7.
"It's more than an honor to play the Doctor", Whittaker said in an interview.
That's right; Doctor Who is moving to Sunday nights from Saturdays.