♦ The new season of Doctor Who started ten Sundays ago and here’s a behind the scenes video on its ninth episode courtesy of the BBC themselves…
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Here’s the episode synopsis: The group arrive in Norway. Meeting blind teen Hanne, they learn that she and her father Erik moved following the death of her mother Trine, and that her father is missing. They discover a mirror with no reflections; the mirror is a portal. She, Graham and Yasmin enter, while Ryan remains behind. Hanne knocks him out and follows them, forcing Ryan to follow. The group find themselves in the Anti-Zone, a buffer-space between universes to prevent catastrophic damage, which they quickly escape by entering another portal. They find themselves in a cabin within a parallel universe, and encounter Erik talking with Trine, and Graham encounters Grace. The Doctor deduces they have encountered the Solitract, a sentient universe incompatible with the real one. When Hanne arrives and recognises Trine is not real, the Doctor convinces the Solitract to release them. The Doctor offers the Solitract her experience of travelling the universe, leaving the Doctor in a white space along with a talking frog, a form of the Solitract. She explains she can’t stay, and makes her way back through the Anti-Zone before the portal collapses. Erik returns to Oslo with Hanne, while Ryan bonds with Graham.
This series marks the arrival of Jodie Whittaker, the Thirteenth Doctor – a super-smart force of nature, alongside a team of new and delightful characters. This series is full of action and adventure, humour and thrills – an unmissable drama everyone will enjoy.
Alongside Jodie’s Thirteenth Doctor, is an all new cast with Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole.
Showrunner, Chris Chibnall, said: “Finally – Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor is about to crash land on to the nation’s screens. It’s thrilling to think, in the next few weeks and months, there will be children encountering Jodie’s Doctor in the next few weeks who’ve never seen the show before. She’ll be forever their Doctor: you never forget your first.
Alongside Jodie, we have a delightful ensemble of new characters for the audience to fall in love with, led by the incomparable Bradley Walsh.
So break out the popcorn and hunker down for Sunday night adventures in space and time, with the Thirteenth Doctor and her new best friends. The journey’s about to begin.”