Doctor Who season 11 began on Sunday, October 7 and the first episode showed The Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker) without her TARDIS.
The Woman Who Fell to Earth ended with The Doctor (played by Jodie Whittaker) trying to transport herself onto the TARDIS, only to accidentally to send her and her companions into the depths of space.
Although the iconic time travel telephone box is due to return to the BBC series at some point, new Doctor Who team has not yet revealed when the TARDIS will enter the series and what the redesigned interior will look like.
However, what happened to the TARDIS in last year’s Christmas special could give some clues as to when it will return.
What happened to the TARDIS?
In Twice Upon a Time, the 2017 Christmas special of Doctor Who, the newly regenerated Doctor pressed a button on the TARDIS console that led to explosions and the TARDIS readout saying: “SYSTEMS CRISIS” and “MULTIPLE OPERATIONS FAILURES [sic]”
The TARDIS then jolted, sending the new Doctor to the floor and opening the front doors.
The machine then dematerialised, leaving the Doctor falling to the Earth.
She then spent the first episode of season 11 tracking the TARDIS, before using Tzim-Sha’s (Samuel Oatley) transportation pod to try and send her to the TARDIS’ location.
However, this led to Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole), Yasmin Khan (Mandip Gill), Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh) and the Time Lord to teleport into deep space, with the TARDIS still nowhere to be seen.
Where is the TARDIS?
The exact whereabouts of the TARDIS are unknown.
However, the cliffhanger ending of episode one does suggest some possible locations.
One theory is that they are in the TARDIS, or more likely in a forcefield around it, and that we cannot see it because the chameleon circuit has started working.
There is some precedent in the show for the chameleon circuit to start working intermittently.
For example, in Sixth Doctor adventure Attack of the Cybermen, The Doctor (Colin Baker) does briefly manage to get the chameleon circuit to work.
Modern Doctor Who adventures have also seen The Doctor and companions use the TARDIS forcefield to walk in space, such as in The Time of Angels when River Song (Alex Kingston) uses it to move between one ship and another in space.
Another theory is that they are in the forcefield of another ship that has captured the TARDIS – after all, it wouldn’t be Doctor Who if a spaceship didn’t capture the TARDIS from time to time.
A third theory is based on another classic Doctor Who trope – that the group has been transported to the right space for the TARDIS, but not the right time.
As such, the most likely solution to last week’s cliffhanger would be if the TARDIS rematerialises around them in the opening moments of the next episode, The Ghost Monument.
However, Doctor Who fans will have to wait until Sunday to find out where the TARDIS is.
Doctor Who season 11 continues Sunday at 6.40pm on BBC One