Award-winning Australian director Jennifer Perrott, whose short film The Ravens was widely acclaimed on the festival circuit a couple of years back, is one of the directors ushering in the Jodie Whittaker era of Doctor Who.
The veteran TV director, whose credits include Offspring, Home and Away, and Newton’s Law, joins new showrunner Chris Chibnall and fellow episode directors Sallie Aprahamian (Extremely Dangerous, The Sins, Real Men, The Lakes, Teachers), Jamie Childs (His Dark Materials), and Mark Tonderai (Lucifer, Gotham, Black Lightning).
This new season marks a major change for the long-running children’s show, with Whittaker’s 13th Doctor being the first female incarnation of the character, whose power to regenerate has enabled the series to outlast an impressive number of lead actors. As has been widely reported, Whittaker’s casting has outraged the usual mob of vocal idiots.
Speaking to the BBC, Perrott said “Doctor Who is an iconic show and one I’d loved as a child, especially when Tom Baker was the Doctor. Space travel has become more a part of modern life and this has opened the door for more human stories to be told amidst the escapist fantasy of saving the world from alien invasion. The aliens are now as emotionally complex as the humans, and I was really excited by that.”
Meanwhile, Sharmill Films have announced that the premiere episode of Doctor Who Season 11 will screen theatrically in special events across Australia, with dates and details to be announced.