What time is Doctor Who back on TV?

We finally know exactly when we'll see Jodie Whittaker's Doctor back in action...

Jodie Whittaker's Doctor and the new Doctor Who logo (BBC, HF)

Every man, woman and their robot dog is pretty excited to see Jodie Whittaker take over the role of the Doctor this year– but what time will the next episode of Doctor Who actually be on our screens?


Luckily for you, we have the answers…

When is Doctor Who coming back to TV, and what time is it on?

Picture shows: The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker)
The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker)

The next episode of Doctor Who, Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall’s Rosa, will air on BBC1 on Sunday 21st October at 6.55pm.

The episode will star guest actors Vinette Robinson and Joshua Bowman alongside Whittaker and her Tardis team, and follow the story of civil rights icon Rosa Parks.

What does this mean for the Doctor Who Christmas special?

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who (BBC, HF)
Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who (BBC)

Of course, the series having begun in early October will leave Doctor Who series 11 still on the air unusually close to Christmas, when the series is expected to continue its tradition of releasing a special festive adventure.

By our calculations, the series 11 finale will air on Sunday 9th December, meaning that fans only have to wait just over two weeks before seeing the Doctor in all her Yuletide glory.

Why isn’t the series still on Saturdays?

(BBC/Instagram, JG)

There are a few potential reasons for why Doctor Who is moving from Saturdays to Sunday evenings (mostly that Sunday is more associated with TV drama, especially in the autumn/winter), and we’ve gone into some possible motives behind the big shake-up here.

“New Doctor, new home!” showrunner Chris Chibnall said in a release.

“Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor is about to burst into Sunday nights — and make the end of the weekend so much more exciting.  Get everybody’s homework done, sort out your Monday clothes, then grab some special Sunday night popcorn, and settle down with all of the family for Sunday night adventures across space and time.

“(Also, move the sofa away from the wall so parents can hide behind it during the scary bits). The Thirteenth Doctor is falling from the sky and it’s going to be a blast.”

“With Chris Chibnall at the helm and Jodie Whittaker’s arrival as the new Doctor we are heralding a brand new era for the show and so it feels only right to give it a new home on Sunday nights at the heart of BBC One’s Autumn schedule,” added BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore.

How many episodes will the series have?

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time
Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time

Doctor Who series 11 had 65-minute opening episode, which will be followed by nine 50-minute episodes, making for a 10-week series overall. The projected Christmas special will be a separate episode, bringing the total up to 11 as a whole.

In other words, we have a whole autumn and winter chock-full of Doctor Who goodness, and it’s just getting started. Hip hip, Who-ray!


Doctor Who airs on BBC1 on Sundays