BBC reveals new writers and directors joining Doctor Who for series 12... as showrunner Chris Chibnall praises 'British television’s brightest' talents
Doctor Who is set to return in 2020 with a New Year's Day special, and a brand new series being released soon after.
And, on Wednesday, the BBC revealed the new writers and directors set to jump aboard the TARDIS for The Doctor's latest adventures in Time and Space.
Joining season 12 are writers Nina Metivier, who co-created Netflix's The A List, Maxine Alderton, who has written for Emmerdale and CBBC's The Worst Witch, and Charlene James, who previously worked on Sky Atlantic's The Discovery Of Witches.
Exciting: The BBC revealed new writers and directors joining Doctor Who for series 12 on Wednesday... as showrunner Chris Chibnall praised 'British television’s brightest' talents
Meanwhile, there will be four new directors set to join the franchise, as Nida Manzoor, Emma Sullivan, Jamie Magnus Stone and Lee Haven Jones.
Emma was named one of Screen International’s Stars of Tomorrow following her graduation from the National Film and Television School, and has also been nominated for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Nida became one of Broadcast Magazine’s Hot Shots in 2015, and is currently working on an original music comedy series for Channel 4 called Lady Parts.
New blood: Joining are writers Nina Metivier, Maxine Alderton, and Charlene James, who have worked on shows like Emmerdale (Maxine) and The Discovery Of Witches (Charlene)
Meanwhile, Jamie also graduated from the National Film and Television School and is a director and animator, and his work includes The Last Dragon Slayer.
And RADA alumni Lee has previously directed multiple episodes of shows like The Bay, Vera and Shetland, and has won two Welsh BAFTAs.
Three writers returning the show from series 11 include Vinay Patel, who wrote Demons of The Punjab, Ed Hime who wrote It Takes You Away, and Pete McTighe, who wrote Kerblam!
Of the exciting new additions, showrunner Chris Chibnall said: 'We’re thrilled that Doctor Who continues to attract some of the most the most exciting and dynamic talent working in television.
'Along with our returning faces, we’re excited to welcome new members to the Doctor Who family.
'The Doctor Who team is crammed with British television’s brightest writers and directors: we’ve adored working with them, and can’t wait to show you the explosive stuff they’ve created!'
Behind the camera: There will be four new directors set to join the franchise, as Nida Manzoor, Emma Sullivan, Jamie Magnus Stone and Lee Haven Jones
In May, thirteenth Doctor Jodie was spotted coming face-to-face with The Judoon during filming at Gloucester Cathedral for the first time.
The rhino-headed space police first appeared on Doctor Who in 2007 when they transported a London hospital to the moon.
Historically, The Judoon has had an important role in Doctor Who after they brought on the meeting between the tenth Doctor and his companion Martha Jones.
Bosses have stayed tight-lipped as to how The Judoon will return to the show next year but the episode will also feature a guest appearance by Neil Stuke.
Back for more: Three writers returning the show from series 11 include Vinay Patel (Demons of The Punjab), Ed Hime (It Takes You Away), and Pete McTighe (Kerblam!)
Showrunner Chris said: 'The Judoon are taking no prisoners, and will stop at nothing to fulfil their mission!
'The whole team on Doctor Who are delighted and scared in equal measure to welcome them back: one of many treats we've got in store for viewers next series.
'And we're over the moon (with Judoon), to be welcoming the wondrous Neil Stuke as guest star. We can't wait to show you what happens when his path crosses with the Thirteenth Doctor.'
In the new year: In May, thirteenth Doctor Jodie was spotted coming face-to-face with The Judoon, though bosses remain tight-lipped on how they will return