Doctor Who (series 12)

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Doctor Who (series 12)
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The twelfth series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who is set to premiere in early 2020. The series will be the second to be led by Chris Chibnall as head writer and executive producer. This series will be the twelfth to air following the programme's revival in 2005, and will be the thirty-eighth season overall.

Jodie Whittaker is due to return for her second series as the Thirteenth Doctor, the most recent incarnation of the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in the TARDIS, which appears to be a British police box on the outside. The series also stars Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill as the Doctor's travelling companions, Graham O'Brien, Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan, respectively. Filming for the series commenced in January 2019 and concluded in October of that year.


StoryEpisodeTitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date [1]UK viewers
(millions) [2]
AI [2]
TBA1TBAJamie Magnus Stone[3]Chris Chibnall[4]2020 (2020)TBDTBD
TBA2TBALee Haven Jones[5]TBA2020 (2020)TBDTBD
TBA3TBALee Haven Jones[5]TBA2020 (2020)TBDTBD
TBA5TBAJamie Magnus Stone[3]TBA2020 (2020)TBDTBD
TBA7TBAEmma Sullivan[6]TBA2020 (2020)TBDTBD
TBA8TBAEmma Sullivan[6]TBA2020 (2020)TBDTBD
TBA9TBAJamie Magnus Stone[3]TBA2020 (2020)TBDTBD
TBA10TBAJamie Magnus Stone[3]Chris Chibnall[4]2020 (2020)TBDTBD

Nida Manzoor directed for the series, and writers include Chris Chibnall, Ed Hime, Pete McTighe, Vinay Patel, Nina Métivier, Maxine Alderton and Charlene James.[4]


The series is the second series to feature Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.[7][8] Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill will also reprise their roles as Graham O'Brien, Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan, respectively.[9][10] Molly Harris is set to appear as a character named Suki Cheng.[3] Neil Stuke is also set to star in Series 12, as are the Judoon.[11] Jo Martin is set to appear as a character named Ruth Clayton.[12] Anjli Mohindra, who had previously portrayed Rani Chandra in the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, is set to play a character named Queen Skithra.[13] Julia Foster is also set to appear as a character named Marcia.[13] Aurora Marion is set to play Noor Inayat Khan.[14][15] James Buckley is also to appear as a character named Nevi.[16] Maxim Baldry is also set to appear in a historical episode.[17] A yet-to-be-revealed actress is set to appear as Mary Shelley.[18] Jacob Collins-Levy is also set to appear in an episode.[19] Dominique Maher will play Agent Browning and Darron Meyer will portray a character called Seesay.[20]


Writing and development[edit]

In April 2015, Steven Moffat confirmed that Doctor Who would run for at least another five years, extending the show until 2020.[21] In May 2017, it was announced that due to the terms of a deal between BBC Worldwide and SMG Pictures in China, the company has first right of refusal on the purchase for the Chinese market of future series of the programme until and including Series 15.[22][23]

Chris Chibnall is set to return as the series' showrunner, the role he took on following Steven Moffat's departure after the tenth series.[7] Ed Hime, who wrote the penultimate episode of the previous series, "It Takes You Away", is set to write an episode for the series.[24] Nina Métivier, who served as script editor on the previous series, is set to write an episode for this series.[25]

In November 2019, Doctor Who Magazine revealed the writers for the twelfth series, including Vinay Patel, Pete McTighe, Maxine Alderton and Charlene James, as well as Hime, Métivier and Chibnall.[4]


Costume designer Ray Holman listed the twelfth series as being in pre-production in November 2018.[26] By 17 November, BBC confirmed that Whittaker's second series had begun production.[7] Jamie Magnus Stone, who previously directed the fiftieth-anniversary minisode "The Last Day", directed the first block, which comprised the first and fifth episodes of the series.[27][3] Lee Haven Jones directed the second and third episodes in the second block, Nida Manzoor directed the third block, Emma Sullivan directed the fourth block of the seventh and eighth episodes,[6] and Stone directed the fifth block of the ninth and tenth episodes.[5] An extra block was filmed by Lee Haven Jones.[28]

Filming commenced on 23 January 2019.[29] Filming began in Cape Town, South Africa,[30][31] and concluded in South Africa 7 February 2019, with location filming taking place at Western Cape, Hopefield,[32] Table Mountain[33] and Taal Monument.[34] Filming took place in Cardiff and Wales between February and October 2019.[35][36][37][38][14][39][40][41][42][43][44] Filming has also taken place in Tenerife,[45] Gloucester,[46] and Merthyr Mawr.[17] Filming concluded by 31 October 2019.[47]

Production blocks are arranged as follows:

Block Episode(s) Director Writer(s) Producer Ref(s)
1 Episode 1 Jamie Magnus Stone Chris Chibnall[4] TBA [7][3]
Episode 5 TBA
2 Episode 2 Lee Haven Jones TBA TBA [5]
Episode 3
3 TBA Nida Manzoor TBA TBA [13]
4 Episode 7 Emma Sullivan TBA Alex Mercer [5][6]
Episode 8
5 Episode 9 Jamie Magnus Stone TBA TBA [5]
Episode 10 Chris Chibnall[4]
X TBA Lee Haven Jones TBA Alex Mercer [28]


The BBC confirmed after the eleventh series' finale that the twelfth series will premiere in "very early" 2020.[9][10][1]


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