Doctor Who Season 11 has just come to a close on BBC America on December 11, 2018. This season featured the very first ever female Doctor in 55 years of this show. This season the Doctor was played by Jodie Whittaker, and she is the Thirteen Doctor.
The History of Doctor Who Incarnations
The very first Doctor Who began on November 23, 1963, and it ran for 26 seasons until the last episode on December 6, 1989. This is known as the Classic Era. During this time, there were seven different Doctors. For those unfamiliar with the premise of this show, the reason this is possible is that the Doctor is an Alien Time Lord who can incarnate into a new body when his former one fails.
The Doctors of the Classic Era were played by the following actors:
- The First Doctor – William Hartnell, covering the first three seasons.
- The Second Doctor – Patrick Troughton, covering seasons 4 through 6.
- The Third Doctor – Jon Pertwee, covering seasons 7 through 11.
- The Fourth Doctor – Tom Baker, covering seasons 12 through 18. This actor has played the Doctor for the longest time to this date.
- The Fifth Doctor – Peter Davison, covering seasons 19 through 21.
- The Sixth Doctor – Colin Baker, covering seasons 22 & 23.
- The Seventh Doctor – Sylvester McCoy, covering seasons 24 through 26.
After that, there was a hiatus until the TV Movie which aired on May 12, 1996. This movie featured Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, and this was the only television appearance of this Doctor.
After a sixteen-year absence, Doctor Who returned for regular episodes on March 26, 2005. Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner, and Mal Young are the executive producers, and the producer is Phil Collinson. This period is known as the Revived Era. The Doctors in the first ten series of the Revived Era were played by the following:
- The Ninth Doctor – Christopher Eccleston, covering the first season.
- The Tenth Doctor – David Tennant, covering seasons 2 through 4, as well as the specials that aired between December 25, 2008 and January 1, 2010.
- The Eleventh Doctor – Matt Smith, covering seasons 5 through 7, as well as the specials that aired between November 23, 2013 and December 25, 2013.
- The Twelfth Doctor – Peter Capaldi, covering seasons 8 through 10.
About Season 11
As discussed earlier, in Season 11, the Doctor has incarnated into the body of a woman, played by Jodie Whittaker. While technically, this could have happened at any time according to the premise of the show, this is the first time the Doctor has not been a white man.
The reviews for this season have been extremely positive, and the common consensus is that Jodie Whittaker is believable as the Doctor with a full command of appropriate vocabulary and wit.
Because the Doctor is a woman, this season was able to explore issues related to gender. For example, there were times that she had to negotiate additional challenges in history due to being in the body of a woman.
This season had 10 episodes and there is a special scheduled for January 1, 2019. Season 12 is currently in production, and Whittaker will be returning as the Doctor.
Will Doctor Who Season 11 Be Coming To Netflix?
Unfortunately, Doctor Who Season 11 will not be coming to Netflix.
There was a time that all of the Doctor Who episodes, beginning with the Classic Era, were on Netflix. In 2016, however, BBC struck an exclusive deal with Amazon Prime for Doctor Who.
Right now, if you want to watch Doctor Who Season 11 on Amazon Prime Video, you must purchase the episodes or a season pass, even if you are a Prime member. Seasons 1 through 10 are included in your Prime membership, though. If you want to watch the Classic episodes, however, you must purchase a subscription to the Prime Video Channel, Britbox or buy them separately.
Although, Doctor Who is not available on Netflix, there are some other classic science fiction series you can watch. Four seasons of the classic, The Twilight Zone are available for streaming. If you are a Star Trek fan as well as a Doctor Who fan, all of the episodes of The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager are there, as well as The Animated Series. You may also be interested in the Netflix series Lost in Space or Black Mirror.
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