More changes for Doctor Who series 11: Murray Gold and several established writers not returning
There are a number of changes happening to Doctor Who when series 11 debuts this autumn, and we're not just talking about the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker or new showrunner Chris Chibnall. Behind the scenes it appears the show is getting a completely clean slate, bigger even than when Steven Moffat replaced Russell T Davies in 2010.
As previously rumoured, composer Murray Gold, who was with the show since its return in 2005, will not be back to score Whittaker's debut series, though no new composer has yet been announced. Visual effects company Milk VFX, who have also been a mainstay on Doctor Who since it returned in 2005, will not be providing the special effects for season 11. They will be replaced by new VFX company Double Negative.
A number of writers will also not be back; Mark Gatiss, Sarah Dollard and Jamie Mathieson will not be scripting stories for the new series, though Mathieson took to Twitter to explain that he 'did meet with Mr Chibnall, lovely man, pitched a few ideas but it didn't pan out. Got flavour of what he has planned - Who is in good hands.'
New showrunners often bring big changes to the show and we're excited to see what talent Chibnall brings to Doctor Who.
Jodie Whittaker will be joined by three new companions for series 11; Bradley Walsh's Graham, Mandip Gill's Yasmin and Godin Cole's Ryan. Doctor Who is returning for ten new episodes this autumn and filming is currently underway in the UK as well as South Africa.
More news as we have it.