The latest season of Doctor Who has been breaking ground in a number of ways.

Not only has it performed well in ratings with the biggest season opening since the series reboot, but it’s also done a number of episodes focusing on important social and political issues.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall says this is vital, as it reflects where we are today.

At a screening of the New Year’s Day episode (as reported by the Radio Times), Chibnall discussed his decision to cover key socio-political issues, which, to be fair, isn’t a new concept for the long-running sci-fi series.

Season 11 featured episodes like “Rosa” and “Demons of the Punjab,” which centred around American and British institutions of racism, as well as “The Witchfinders,” which examined sexism through the eyes of the Doctor, who’d only recently regenerated into a woman.

Chibnall, who became Doctor Who’s new showrunner this year, said it’s “really important” to tell stories that reflect our modern society.

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