At least we can take consolation in knowing that tonight’s Season 11 finale won’t mark the end of BBC’s winning new Doctor Who formula. But we’ve gotta admit — we’re a little bummed that the 13th Doctor won’t be showing up for a new batch of episodes until sometime in 2020.
BBC announced today that Season 12 of Doctor Who indeed is on the way, confirming star Jodie Whittaker’s earlier announcement that she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The network also confirmed that showrunner Chris Chibnall will be back for Season 12, along with co-stars Bradley Walsh (Graham), Mandip Gill (Yasmin), and Tosin Cole (Ryan).
That’s the good news, and at least everyone involved sounds super-excited about re-boarding the TARDIS — even if we’re in for a slow ride.
“We’re off again! Well we never actually stopped,” Chibnall gushed in the announcement. “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!”
Chibnall came on board as showrunner alongside Whittaker this season, saddled with the unenviable task of following up the winning combination of former showrunner Steven Moffat and 12th Doctor Peter Capaldi. But reaction to the Chibnall/Whittaker teaming from both fans and critics has been overwhelmingly positive, with the current season averaging 1.6 million viewers on BBC America through its first eight episodes — a 20 percent increase over the previous season.
While fans are obviously bummed at having to sit through an entire calendar flip before the next series arrives, at least we aren’t quite done with Season 12 just yet. The finale, "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos," hits BBC America tonight at 8 p.m. ET, followed by New Year’s Day special “Resolution,” which you can preview in the new trailer below: