Doctor Who: what Sheffield means to series 11

Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall explains the significance of Sheffield to the series 11 premiere, and beyond…

“A sense of place is really important,” explained Chris Chibnall at the launch of The Woman Who Fell To Earth, the series eleven premiere set and partly filmed in the South Yorkshire city. “That’s why we came to Sheffield to show the episode!”

“It feels very important to connect Doctor Who to Sheffield. You’ll see it again during the series. Particularly with a new Doctor, you want to sort of ground it in a home and Sheffield is the home for this series of Doctor Who.”

Chibnall had lived in Sheffield for a year and understood “how cinematic the city was,” he said, “but I knew how awesome the people were as well. And actually having a load of Sheffield characters felt fantastic to me.” It provides a “different humour.” Sheffield people, says Chibnall “say it as it is!”

Another series eleven premiere filming location, South Africa, provided scale, says Chibnall. “We got quite a lot of scale in Sheffield, to be honest but we’ve also got a different type of scale in South Africa, different types of landscapes, a couple of different worlds that we’ve done in South Africa. Just variety really. It looks stunning.”

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The Woman Who Fell To Earth airs on Sunday the 7th of October on BBC One.