Doctor Who season 12 release date, cast, plot, theories and spoilers: when is Jodie Whittaker coming back to the BBC? 2020 series details revealed

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Jodie Whittaker and her Doctor Who group have just lately wrapped on filming for the new series, however it’s nonetheless set to be a little bit of a wait till we’ll see extra episodes on the BBC in early 2020.

As the finish of New 12 months’s Particular Decision tells us, “The Doctor will return” – however what’s going to she be up to? Who is she travelling with, and what sort of baddies may she be going through? And are rumours of the Cybermen and Daleks’ return truly true? With a trailer on its approach, it is probably not lengthy earlier than we discover out…

Try the whole lot we learn about Doctor Who series 12 under.

When is Doctor Who series 12 coming back to TV?



The BBC has introduced that the sci-fi series gained’t be back till early 2020.

“We’re delighted that the Doctor and her associates might be returning to thrill audiences in 2020,” BBC director of Content material Charlotte Moore stated in a release.

“I do know Chris and the complete group are already engaged on a complete new set of thrilling adventures.”

Talking at a BBC screening of the New 12 months’s Day episode, BBC Director-Common Tony Corridor clarified that the series would air “very early” in 2020, so it may very well be that the series is extra seemingly to air in the first couple of months as a substitute of spring, as some followers had supposed.

Is there a Doctor Who series 12 trailer?

No, not fairly but, although you may find a way to catch a glimpse of some new units and scenes in the wrap video above.

As for a correct trailer, maybe we must always anticipate one quickly – at the finish of October, the BBC tweeted out an intriguing picture of the Doctor’s shadow suggesting we must always “watch this area,” and later doubled down on on the tease with a brief trailer that promised extra info at the finish of November.

As any Doctor Who fan is aware of, the 23rd November is the anniversary of the series’ first ever episode back in 1963, so it’s a very auspicious date. understands that it will be a trailer for Doctor Who’s subsequent series revealed on the 23rd, so it gained’t be too lengthy till followers get to see what’s subsequent from Jodie Whittaker and her crew.

Will there be a Doctor Who Christmas particular?

It appears like there’ll – however not till Christmas 2020.

“You’re going to get a particular – at the finish of the series, sure,” Doctor Who boss Chris Chibnall instructed and different journalists when requested if there was a Christmas particular coming up.

In different phrases, there’s no particular in late 2019 or for New 12 months’s Day 2020, however there in all probability might be one for Christmas 2020.

Will there be one other series after Doctor Who series 12?

Apparently, sure! Chris Chibnall has revealed that work has already begun on series 13, albeit in the very early levels, whereas refuting claims that he was quitting Doctor Who.

“It’s categorically unfaithful [that I’m leaving],” Chibnall instructed and different press throughout a go to to Doctor Who’s Cardiff set. “We’re already planning the subsequent series after this series.”

Who’s in the forged for Doctor Who series 12?

Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry (Getty, PJ)

Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker and her Tardis group Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill are all set to return, together with showrunner Chibnall behind the scenes.

“We are able to’t wait to carry extra scares, extra monsters and extra Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole to BBC1,” Chibnall stated. “Good!”

It has additionally been confirmed that Stephen Fry (above) and Sir Lenny Henry will seem in the series’ opening episode enjoying unknown roles.

“Wanting being picked for a British area exploration programme – and I readily concede that I’m previous the age the place I’d be thought-about (if I used to be ever the proper age for such a posting) – then being in an episode of Doctor Who will definitely do as a really candy second-place pleasure,” Fry stated of his casting in a release.

Lenny Henry (Getty, EH)

Lenny Henry (Getty, EH)

“It was completely good to be welcomed into the fantastical world of Doctor Who,” agreed Henry, who has beforehand labored with Jodie Whittaker and series boss Chris Chibnall on ITV drama Broadchurch.

“The closest I’ve been to the TARDIS was when I performed the Caribbean Doctor in the Lenny Henry Present, in order a life-long (hiding behind the couch sort) Doctor Who fan this is a really particular second for me.”

James Buckley (podcast screenshot)

James Buckley (podcast screenshot)

It’s additionally been rumoured that Inbetweeners star James Buckley will seem in one among the episodes just lately shot in Tenerife, with the actor apparently noticed on set in a colored wig and including a Doctor Who credit score to his on-line Highlight CV.

Additionally including a Doctor Who credit score to his CV has been the breakout star of Russell T Davies’  Years & Years, Maxim Baldry, who is apparently filming for the series as of July 2019.

The BBC have declined to touch upon Buckley and Baldry’s potential casting, and it could be that any such visitor stars are solely revealed shut to transmission.

One little bit of casting we DO know, although, is that the mom of TV presenter Ben Fogle is set to have an element in the new series, a truth Fogle just lately revealed in a response to the resolution to scrap free license charges for sure over-75s. Known as Julia Foster, Fogle’s mom is anticipated to seem in the identical episode as the Judoon.

Who is writing Doctor Who season 12?

Doctor Who series 12’s writing group has been confirmed, and there are a couple of returning faces alongside some new expertise.

Vinay Patel, Ed Hime and Pete McTighe are all returning to pen an episode this yr, whereas the newcomers are Nina Metivier (who beforehand labored as a script editor on the series), Emmerdale’s Maxine Alderton and award-winning playwright Charlene James.

“We’re thrilled that Doctor Who continues to entice a few of the most fun and dynamic expertise working in tv,” head author Chris Chibnall stated in a release.

“Together with our returning faces, we’re excited to welcome new members to the Doctor Who household. The Doctor Who group is full of British tv’s brightest writers and administrators: we’ve adored working with them, and can’t wait to present you the explosive stuff they’ve created!”

It’s anticipated that Chibnall will pen 4 episodes, whereas the visitor writers ship a script every.

Are the Daleks back in Doctor Who?

Effectively, it appears seemingly – followers have noticed the tinpot terrors filming in Bristol on the Clifton Suspension bridge, with scenes about demonstrating the new “Recon Dalek” mannequin launched in New 12 months’s Day particular Decision being blown aside by the extra conventional gold Daleks. However who is aware of? Given how secret Doctor Who usually retains these items, it might all be a little bit of misdirection…

Are the Cybermen returning to Doctor Who?


The most recent hearsay to swirl round the series is that basic foes The Cybermen will return to menace the Doctor in the new series, in a 19th-century-set episode that can see them encourage writer Mary Shelley to create the character of Frankenstein.

When contacted by about the risk of the Cybermen’s return the BBC declined to remark, so we could have to watch this area to see if the silvery cyborgs might be back to tackle Jodie Whittaker simply three years after being vanquished by her predecessor Peter Capaldi.

Will there be a 2019 Doctor Who Christmas particular?

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Probably! understands that there is no festive particular deliberate for earlier than the series’ first episode, although there could also be an additional episode deliberate for late 2020.

Both approach, it appears like we’re getting extra Doctor Who than we bargained for this time round. Hooray!

What’s going to occur in Doctor Who series 12?

Mandip Gill (Richard Grassie)

Mandip Gill (Richard Grassie)

The tip of the 2019 New 12 months’s Day particular doesn’t give a lot away about what we would anticipate from future episodes: the Doctor and her group merely fly away from Sheffield once more to proceed their adventures.

“The place to subsequent?” asks companion Yaz (Mandip Gill).

“I used to be considering…all over the place,” the Doctor replies.

Nonetheless, some details from series 12’s taking pictures have revealed that one episode will cope with early 20th-century wartime Paris, whereas one other (which can visitor star Stephen Fry) will contain espionage and British spy businesses.

One other hearsay claims that in the new series the Doctor will tackle some environmental points , particularly the scourge of single-use plastics that’s been a part of public debate for the previous couple of months. Whereas the BBC has declined to touch upon the hypothesis,  it does seem to be the good story for plastic villains The Autons to return…

And Chris Chibnall has additionally dropped a couple of hints about what to anticipate from series 12. At a query and reply session, he was requested whether or not we’d ever see Mandip Gill’s character Yaz return to her profession as a police officer.

“That’s a extremely good query,” he instructed the crowd. “I feel that a few of these questions could also be answered in the forthcoming season….”

Lastly some extra motion for Yaz? Signal us up.

And naturally, we all know at the very least one villain who’s returning for the new series…

Who are the Judoon?

Cast Release

It’s been revealed that rhino-like thugs the Judoon are returning to the series in 2020, with Whittaker’s Doctor and her group going through off with them in Gloucester as they enact some kind of “lethal mission,” in accordance to the BBC.

“No! Sho! Blo! The Judoon are storming back into Doctor Who in full power, and the streets of Gloucester aren’t secure,” series showrunner Chris Chibnall stated.

“If anybody has something to cover, confess now. The Judoon are taking no prisoners, and will cease at nothing to fulfil their mission! The entire group on Doctor Who are delighted and scared in equal measure to welcome them back: one among many treats we’ve acquired in retailer for viewers subsequent series.”

The identical episode is additionally set to embrace Doctor Foster and Silk star Neil Stuke in an as-yet-unknown function, the first visitor star formally introduced for the twelfth rebooted series that is at present filming.

“We’re over the moon (with Judoon), to be welcoming the wondrous Neil Stuke as a visitor star,” Chibnall continued.

“We are able to’t wait to present you what occurs when his path crosses with the Thirteenth Doctor.”

First showing in 2007 in David Tennant’s second series (particularly the episode Smith and Jones), the Judoon cropped up a couple of extra instances over the years (together with in child-friendly spin-off the Sarah-Jane Adventures), final popping up in Peter Capaldi’s penultimate series for a few cameos.

Will Jodie Whittaker get a brand new Doctor Who costume?

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who (BBC Footage)

Apparently the Thirteenth Doctor will get some new variations on her look in the new series, sporting a darker overcoat (and matching socks) for at the very least one episode as a substitute of the sky-blue quantity she’s worn to date.

Jodie Whittaker has additionally been noticed on set in a brand new jumper with rainbow-coloured cuffs that echoes the lining of her coat, however it’s unclear if this is a brand new costume alternative or one thing that Whittaker owns personally that simply so occurs to share design details.

Is Doctor Who series 12 at present filming?

No – manufacturing has already concluded on the new series of episodes, with the group filming at Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff and on location over the final 10 months.

“We’re off once more! Effectively we by no means truly stopped – as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and associates have been successful the hearts of households throughout the nation this autumn, we’ve been busy with a complete new set of motion packed adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor,” showrunner Chris Chibnall stated in late 2019.

“We love making this present and have been blown away by the response from audiences.”

The series shot in South Africa for a few weeks, as revealed on Doctor Who’s social media accounts. Components of Cardiff and South Wales have been remodeled right into a Sheffield police station, the streets of Paris and a London authorities constructing up to now, whereas Gloucester has been the setting for a Judoon invasion.

Why is there such an extended wait for brand new Doctor Who episodes?

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who: The Tsuranga Conundrum (BBC)

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who: The Tsuranga Conundrum (BBC)

Most followers would have anticipated the subsequent series to debut in autumn 2019, roughly a yr after series 12 started airing on BBC1, so they might be confused as to why there’s such a delay.

There’s no official line from the BBC about the lengthy lead-in, however it’s seemingly the company and Chibnall’s group simply determined the manufacturing window was too brief to ship the series.

Doctor Who monsters in The Pandorica Opens (BBC)

Doctor Who monsters in The Pandorica Opens (BBC)

Chibnall has instructed that the return of the Daleks in Decision may very well be simply the first basic Who monster to make a comeback, with others (corresponding to the Cybermen, the Sontarans or the Ice Warriors) potential candidates for tales in the 2020 series.

(The Judoon, regardless of having appeared a couple of instances in the trendy series, had no presence in the basic episodes, so don’t apply for this instance).

When pushed on the risk of different basic monsters, he requested: “Effectively, did you prefer it that we introduced back the Dalek in that one?”

Confronted with cheers from the crowd, he teased: “Effectively, perhaps we’ll do some extra then… I’ll have a assume.”

He additionally defined that the absence of outdated villains in series 11 was partially an try to make the first Dalek we see Whittaker face have extra impression, so who is aware of? Perhaps he’s using the identical technique for another well-known villains.

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This text was initially revealed on 1 January 2019

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