It’s official that Doctor Who season 12 will air on the BBC in early 2020 — beyond that, we now know the full cast!
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Following the official announcement that Jodie Whittaker will be returning as the Thirteenth Doctor for at least one more run of episodes, the network confirmed on Sunday that her companions Bradley Walsh (Graham), Mandip Gill (Yaz), and Tosin Cole (Ryan) will also be back. The same goes for showrunner Chris Chibnall.
Is any of this really all that much of a surprise? Hardly, given that most companions / showrunners stick around for longer than a full season. Yet, given that season 11 was such an enormous reboot with so many different cast members coming on board the series for the first time, there was no guarantee that all of them would sign up for more. From our vantage point, continuity is good — everyone involved now has a year of doing the show under the belt and with that, they know what worked and didn’t work. That means that there should be opportunities for them to learn and grow from some past mistakes.
In a statement confirming his return to the series, here is what Chibnall had to say:
“We’re off again! Well we never actually stopped – as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends have been winning the hearts of families across the nation this autumn, we’ve been busy with a whole new set of action packed adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor. We adore making this show and have been blown away by the response from audiences, so we can’t wait to bring more scares, more monsters and more Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole to BBC One. Brilliant!”
Meanwhile, the BBC’s controller of drama Charlotte Moore added the following:
“We’re delighted that the Doctor and her friends will be returning to thrill audiences in 2020. I know Chris and the whole team are already working on a whole new set of exciting adventures. In the meantime we’ve got a very special episode on New Year’s Day for everyone to enjoy.”
New episodes of Doctor Who season 12 will start filming at some point next year — odds are, scripts and ideas are already being tinkered around with just because working on this show can be such an arduous process where there are so many different things that have to be checked off. You’ve got writing, production, post-production, scheduling, and so much more.
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