Good news, everyone – we’re getting even more Doctor Who than we thought this year! It’s been revealed that Jodie Whittaker’s very first episode in the BBC sci-fi series will be a whopping 65 minutes long, properly introducing the Thirteenth Doctor and her Tardis team (played by Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole) before reverting to a shorter 50-minute format for the series’ nine subsequent instalments.
The episode running time was unveiled yesterday as part of a listing for the BBC Worldwide Showcase in Liverpool later this month.
But if you’re wondering why some of this sounds familiar, it’s because we did know for a while that the series premiere would be longer than the rest of series 11. However, the initial announcement suggested that episode one would be “a feature-length hour”, so that’s a whole extra five minutes we’re getting!
Think that doesn’t sound very long? Well then, I guess you’re not a fan of these classic modern Doctor Who moments, all of which clock in at under five minutes apiece.
Yep – in Doctor Who terms (and, frankly, TV terms) five minutes is a lot longer than you’d think. And with all the new and exciting adventures coming this autumn, we’ll take every extra second we can get.