Halloween will be definitely more exciting than usual in 2021, as the holiday will now officially feature a TARDIS.
October 31 will mark the premiere of Jodie Whittaker's final season of Doctor Who, a six-episode self-contained set of episodes subtitled Flux. (Though she'll be back for a handful of specials in 2022 to close out her time in the role and officially regenerate into the as-yet-undetermined Fourteenth Doctor before she and showrunner Chris Chibnall depart together.)
Flux will mark the first time since the 1980s that the iconic sci-fi series has departed from its standard episodic format, spreading a single narrative arc over multiple installments. (Think Torchwood: Children of Earth for a more modern frame of reference.) The specific story of Flux is still being kept under wraps, the teaser video that accompanied the BBC's official announcement of the show's October return has some hints.
The clip features a transmission from the Doctor warning about the mysterious Flux, describing the impending event as "the fight of our lives" and indicating that familiar Whoniverse enemies like the Sontarans, the Weeping Angels, and other creatures from across the universe would somehow be involved.
Watch for yourselves below:
The clip features our first look at John Bishop's new companion Dan Lewis, though he's basically just a blurry voice in the background. (How he ends up on the TARDIS in the first place is anyone's guess, but something I suspect the first installment of "Flux" will clue us all in on.)
Season 13 of Doctor Who will premiere beginning on October 31. The first of Whittaker's final three specials will premiere on New Year's Day, with a second feature to air in the spring. Thirteen's third and final installment will air at some point in Fall 2022, to coincide with the BBC's 100th anniversary.