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2018 is well underway now, and with the new series of Doctor Who already in production, it appears we're in for one epic series. Series 11 of the hit BBC science fiction series is now under the wings of Chris Chibnall, most famous for creating and writing the award-winning crime drama Broadchurch, as well as for his previous work on Doctor Who.
Following the departure of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, fans will be treated to the show's first ever female Doctor, as Broadchurch and The Smoke actress, Jodie Whittaker takes control of the TARDIS. Whittaker made her first brief appearance on Christmas Day 2017 as she fell from the TARDIS following Capaldi's explosive regeneration.
When Whittaker's first series broadcasts, she will be joined by not one, not two but three companions on her travels as Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill all step inside the TARDIS alongside Whittaker for what is lining up to be one epic series.
With shooting for series 11 already happening, the cast have flown out to Cape Town, South Africa for shooting block one, which covers episode's one and seven, and by the looks of it, they're not alone.
New photos are starting to emerge onto the popular social media site, Twitter, and the stills are starting to raise many questions as to who or what the figure is standing in the background of the sunny scene.
At a first glimpse, judging by the shape, fans began to question whether Chibnall is bringing back the creepy Zygons for another wild adventure. Since the revival of Doctor Who in 2005, the Zygons (first introduced in Season 13, 1975) have only had two major stories. - The 50th Anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor" (2013) and the two-part-story "The Zygon Invasion" and "The Zygon Inversion" in Series 9 (2015).
However, despite the familiar figure, fans noticed the figure in the desert is holding a gun. Hardcore Doctor Who fans know that the Zygons tend to roam around unarmed because of their shapeshifting ability. This then got fans thinking.
On further analysis, fans noticed the figure is wearing some sort of kilt, or what looks like a kilt. This then points fingers at the fan-favourite monster, The Judoon, as they're well-known for their kilt dress sense.
The Judoon have only had one major Doctor Who story, which was the Series 3 opening episode "Smith and Jones" (2007). Ever since their encounter with David Tennant's Tenth Doctor in 2007, The Judoon have only had very small cameos in the main show since 2007. The Judoon were spotted in episodes "The Stolen Earth" (2008), "The End of Time Part Two" (2010), "The Pandorica Opens" (2010), "A Good Man Goes To War" (2011), "The Magician's Apprentice" (2015) and "Face the Raven" (2015).
But, following the fan's reactions to The Judoon, the whacky space rhinos were welcomed back in the Doctor Who spin-off show The Sarah Jane Adventures in the two-part story "Prisoner of the Judoon" (Series 3, 2009).
Unless more stills begin to emerge (or when the first trailer drops), fans will continue to question who or what this figure is. Facebook users have expressed their thoughts and have said they hope it's the return of the Sontarans, the Mandrels, or even revamped Sea Devils.
Time will tell what this creature is. Filming for Series 11 has wrapped filming in South Africa, and shooting block two is expected to begin very soon.
Series 11 is set to his hit our screens late summer/early autumn. Are you excited to see Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor?