Doctor Who series 13 is just a couple of weeks away, as the release date and series
title have officially been confirmed. The BBC has confirmed that the Doctor will
return just in time for Halloween, on October 31. A new image has also been revealed
and, crucially, the series title – Doctor Who: Flux.
Unusually, this series of Doctor Who has a subtitle, nodding to the fact that for the
first time since the 2005 revival this will be one interconnected story playing out over
That new designation? Doctor Who: Flux, which like the title of 2009’s Torchwood:
Children of Earth (a miniseries of the popular Who spin-off) marks this shorter series
out as something different from the norm.
Currently, it’s unknown whether each episode will have their own titles alongside the
“Flux” subtitles, or whether fans should expect them to be designated Part One, Part
Two and so on, closer to the style of the serials in Doctor Who’s original “classic”
period. But either way it’s an intriguing change for the series, which raises some
questions about its mysterious storyline.
Namely, what does “Flux” refer to? Based on the teaser it seems like it could be some
sort of entity facing off with the Doctor and her friends, an organisation, or some
kind of natural catastrophe they have to prevent.
“The Flux is coming,” Whittaker says in the footage. “It’s bringing with it the
Sontarans, Weeping Angels, creatures known as The Ravages and enemies from
across the universe. This is the fight of our lives.”
And in another way Flux could be more abstract, merely referring to the fact that the
action of this series will be “in flux” – unstable and changeable as the TARDIS team
have to zip around preventing some sort of terrible crisis?
Whatever the full meaning, Whovians won’t have too long to wait before they
discover it, with just over three weeks until the first instalment of series 13 is
released, and we all finally get a look at the state of Flux.