Watch: Ncuti Gatwa and Jinkx Monsoon star in first trailer for new Doctor Who season

The new Doctor Who trailer is jam-packed with action, whirling the Doctor and his companion through space and time for brand new adventures.

A screenshot of Ncuti Gatwa in the new Doctor Who trailer. He is shown from the waist up, smiling and holding his arm up to click his fingers.

The Doctor Who official trailer for season one has just dropped and fans are excited for what looks to be its queerest season yet.

While the Christmas Special episode gave fans a teaser of what to expect from the 15th Doctor, played by the iconic Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa, the trailer gives a proper look inside this action-packed season. 

With a massive Disney+ budget to work with and a star-studded and markedly queer cast, this season looks set to be both boundary-breaking and universe-shifting as head writer Russell T Davies takes the Doctor universe to worlds previously unexplored, literally. 

Despite expectations that this season of Doctor Who might be a continuation of season fourteen, it starts afresh as season one, marking this as a distinctly new era for the iconic series. 

The new Doctor Who trailer is jam-packed with action, whirling the Doctor and his companion Ruby Sunday through space and time, into the age of dinosaurs, an 18th-century Bridgerton-esque setting, modern Britain and what looks to be the 1960s, all with the Doctor’s refrain in the background, “Everything is possible.”

The clips also show the Disney budget being put to good use, with sleek period-piece costumes, special effects, prosthetics and monsters, aliens and gadgets otherwise unheard of. This iteration of the legendary series is voyaging into previously unchartered territories.

This is also reflected in the casting, most notably with Ncuti Gatwa cast as the 15th Doctor, and the first queer Black man to play the role. The Sex Education star spoke with GQ about his shock at landing the role of the Doctor as a Black man, “I’m a good actor [but] this is a 60-year-long British institution and I’m a Black man, so I never thought that I’d be chosen to front something that is basically the heart of the BBC.”

Fans have argued that the Doctor has always been queer, especially after one of the 60th anniversary special episodes, which included a conversation between the Doctor and Donna Noble alluding to his sexuality. However, this new series is the first one to directly address this by casting an openly gay man as the lead. 

And it’s not just the Doctor, the cast features a star-studded list of new and familiar faces and is set to be the queerest ever. With Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon set to play a central role as the doctor’s enemy, Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Indira Varma as the Duchess and Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney as Rose Noble, the season looks set to be filled to the brim with equal parts talent and representation.

Russell T Davies, It’s A Sin’s creator and head writer of Doctor Who from 2005-2010, will also be returning to write the show after his departure in 2009 and it’s clear that among his plans for the season, representation is key. 

Speaking to Metro about Finney’s inclusion in the cast after some complained about this casting, Davies commented, “It’s something that’s not just a Doctor Who thing for me. It’s something I and a lot of other writers are keen to do – to be progressive, to reflect more of society.” He continued saying that Finney does “the most amazing job and it’s an actual privilege to work with her and get her on screen.”

With boundary-breaking representation and a brand new storyline on the cards, it’s clear that the new season on board the TARDIS has so much to look forward to for fans both old and new. 

The first two episodes of Doctor Who will premiere in the UK and Ireland on 11 May on BBC iPlayer. Check out the new Doctor Who trailer for season one below. 


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