Doctor Who series 13 could be on its way very soon, after fans noticed something strange going on with the show’s social media.
The BBC programme’s official Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Facebook pages have all been completely wiped.
Fans searching for the Twitter account are told: ‘This account doesn’t exist’ while on YouTube, the channel still exists but a note reads: ‘This channel doesn’t have any content.’
On Instagram, an error message reads: ‘Sorry, this page isn’t available.’
A message has also appeared on the Doctor Who website: ‘Oh my giddy Aunt! The stuff, it’s gone wibbly (1313).’
To break that down, ‘Oh my giddy Aunt!’ was a common phrase used by the second Doctor (Patrick Troughton).
‘The stuff, it’s gone wibbly’ is likely a reference to famous episode Blink, which saw David Tennant’s Doctor describe time as ‘a big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff’ – leading some fans to think it’s teasing the return of the Weeping Angels, the monsters featured in that series three episode.
As for the 1313? We’re a little stumped. The 13th Doctor? The 13th series? News coming on October 13?
The last tweets before everything was wiped were simply referencing a teaser that has been doing the rounds on BBC channels.
A glitch would appear on screen, with Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor asking: ‘Can you hear me?’
Safe to say, fans are unnerved, with one writing: ‘The official doctor who account is GONE what do we do now? we’ve been abandoned i’m so lost and confused.’
‘Wondering what the @bbcdoctorwho social media accounts are up to Hopefully we will be getting both a new trailer and release date soon! #DoctorWho,’ another pointed out.
One more said: ‘Seriously I put my phone down for an hour and @bbcdoctorwho falls into a crack in time.’
— Bad Wolf Archives (@BadWolfArchives) October 2, 2021
News on series 13 is currently a little thin on the ground, but we recently got some pretty solid confirmation that the sontarans are set to return, with an image of a sontaran ship being projected into the sky in Liverpool this week.
Meanwhile, showrunner Chris Chibnall previously confirmed that this series (which will also be his last before Russell T Davies returns for his second reign) will be all one story, departing from the usual episodic stories.
Of course, Jodie is returning as the Doctor alongside Mandip Gill as Yaz, with newbies John Bishop (Dan) and Jacob Anderson (Vinder).
As for a release date, no one is too sure yet, but it can’t be too far away now.
Doctor Who will return to BBC One this autumn.