Revamped Doctor Who could have longer episodes, a new Tardis and more adventures in history

But Jodie Whittaker's first series as the Doctor could also have fewer episodes, according to reports

Jodie Whittaker

Jodie Whittaker could be getting a brand new Tardis to mark her first series as the Doctor. And a new sonic screwdriver. And longer episodes. But maybe not as many of them…

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That’s according to the Mirror, which suggests the Thirteenth Doctor will kick off her tenure with ten, rather than the usual 12 or 13, episodes but each with a longer running time of an hour, as opposed to the standard 45 minutes.

The report also promises a revamped Tardis console room and – perhaps most intriguing to fans – a redesign of the blue police box’s exterior, which has changed only very slightly down the years, with the re-introduction of the original St John Ambulance crest on the door one of the significant recent updates.

And, as only seems fit, Whittaker’s Doctor could also get a new sonic screwdriver, replacing the flashing blue model (and presumably the controversial sonic sunglasses) currently wielded by Peter Capaldi’s departing Twelfth Doctor.

Finally, there’s a suggestion – not for the first time – that the new Doctor’s adventures will involve more of the original show’s trips back into the past to explore significant historical ages.

“Expect something fresh and brilliant,” a source told the paper, “with more of the stories travelling backwards in time, to interesting historical eras, as well as forwards.”

A return to Doctor Who’s past, in more ways than one.

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The BBC declined to comment on the story