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Series 12 of Doctor Who was due to premiere in "very early"[1] 2020. Chris Chibnall remained in the position of executive producer whilst Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill and Bradley Walsh reprised their roles as the Thirteenth Doctor, Ryan Sinclair, Yasmin Khan and Graham O'Brien respectively.[2]

Whittaker announced her own return on Friday 7 December 2018, two days prior to the broadcast of the series 11 finale, The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.[3] The series was announced almost immediately after the conclusion of said episode.[2]

Overview Edit

Return to familiarity Edit

As a huge difference from the complete reinvention from series 11, series 12 would return to more familiar ground, apparently hearkening back to the Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat eras.[4]

Series 12 would go back to being "darker and scarier" in an attempt to stray from the lighter and more informative tone of the previous series.[5]

Actress Dominique Maher recorded ADR (additional dialogue replacement) for her character in an Australian accent.[6]

After having disappeared from series 11, having been replaced by a New Year Special, the Christmas Special returned for series 12.[7]

Returning foes Edit

Series 12 re-introduced the Judoon, giving them a central role in a television story for the first time since the series 6 mid-series finale A Good Man Goes to War in 2011.[8]

The Cybermen also made their way back onto the small screen this series, in their first TV appearance since 2017 story The Doctor Falls (discounting archival footage in Twice Upon a Time) in a way that would inspire Mary Shelley to create Frankenstein.[5]

The Daleks also made their way back, in their bronze design, albeit with a new black Dalek casing design introduced for one of them.[9]

Promotion Edit


"Watch this Space"

On 31 October 2019 the BBC released the first proper promotion of the coming series 12, in the form of a poster showing a shadow of the Thirteenth Doctor cast in the yellow light from the open TARDIS doors in the bottom corner. A faded rainbow appears across her chest, and the tagline says "Watch this Space".[10]

On the 10 November, the BBC released a promo teaser for the new series on the Official Doctor Who YouTube Channel, with the camera zooming fast through a purple vortex to a region of space in which the TARDIS suddenly appears and zooms across, revealing first the tagline "Watch this Space" then the "Doctor Who" logo and the text "Coming Soon". The "Doctor Who" pages themselves says "Make Space... 23/11/19".[11]

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

  • TBA - Maxim Baldry[13]

Guest Edit

Production Edit

It was originally reported that pre-production on series 12 had begun in November 2018, with Ray Holman having updated his CV to say so. Furthermore it was said that filming would begin in January 2019.[31]

Chris Chibnall's initial statement on the twelfth series was "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!"[2]

Charlotte Moore, Director of Content added, "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."[2]

Chris Chibnall released an official statement, saying: “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!"[15]

Crew Edit

Producers Edit

Tash Montlake was one of the production assistants.[32]

Stefan Morris was one of the producers.[33]

Alex Mercer produced the Christmas Special.[34][7]

In an interview with Television Magazine in June 2017, Chibnall revealed a "five-year plan" for his reign as showrunner and promised that it would be "bold" and "risky".[35]

Writers Edit

Headwriter Chris Chibnall wrote four episodes for the series.[36] Two of them were the opener and the finale.[15]

Ed Hime, Vinay Patel and Pete McTighe, who all wrote for series 11, will return to each pen another script for this series. Nina Métivier, who served as script editor on series 11, will be penning a story for this series. New writers will include Maxine Alderton and Charlene James.[36]

Sheena Bucktowonsing served as script editor on the series.[37]

(Alderton was also confirmed as "core writer" for Series 13[38])

Directors Edit

Jamie Stone directed Block 1, consisting of episodes 1 and 5, as well as Block 5, consisting of 9 and 10.[39] Lee Haven Jones directed Block 2, consisting of episodes 2 and 3.[39] Nida Manzoor directed Block 3[21], consisting of episodes 4 and 6.[note 1] Emma Sullivan directed Block 4[39], consisting of episodes 7 and 8.[34]

Lee Haven Jones also directed the Christmas Special.[7]

One director of photography this series was Ed Moore.[18]

Caroline Pope was choreographer and movement director.[33]

Filming Edit

Location filming on series 12 began on 23 January 2019 in Cape Town, South Africa.[40][12][41][42]

Shortly before series 12 began filming, Bradley Walsh revealed that he was in South Africa[40], and the rest of the main cast were spotted on a flight to Cape Town.[43]

Filming in "SA" ended on 7 February very early in the morning at Bowmans on Bree Street. Location filming also took place at Kogel Bay in Western Cape, Kersefontein Guest Farm in Hopefield[44], Table Mountain[45] and the Taal Monument.[32]

Filming then took place in Cardiff on 10 February which ended in the morning on 11 February.[46]

Filming also took place at Guildhall in Swansea, Wales on 18 February and 19 February.[47]

Filming returned to "Sheffield" outside Cardiff Central Police Station, having been set-dressed as Hallamshire Police, on 11 March.[48]

Filming took place in Porthkerry Country Park in Barry on 14, 15 and 26 March.[49]

Another shoot took place in Cory's Building on Bute Street in Cardiff, Wales on 18 March which ended very early in the morning on 19 March.[50] Following that filming took place on the street in front of Glamorgan Building at Cardiff University set dressed as Nazi-occupied Paris, which lasted to 20 March.[23]

Filming once again took place on Barry Island in an old railway tunnel on 27 March.[51]

Filming then took place at a Ministry of Defence unit in St. Athan, Wales on 28 March.[52]

Cast and crew went to Tenerife on 1 April to start filming on 2 and 3 April around Montaña Samara near Mount Teide. On 5 April they went to Santa Cruz to film in front of the Auditorio de Tenerife.[53]

Filming returned to Roath Lock Studios from 8 to 10 April.[19] Filming, however, quickly went to Barry Island once again on 11 April.[54]

From 29 April to 2 May filming took place at Tredegar House in the New Parlour, Side Hall and Morning Room.[55]

Filming returned to Bute Street for filming yet again in Cory's Building from 6 to 10 May.[56]

Filming took place inside the Gloucester Cathedral on 22 and 23 May.[57] On the latter day producer Nikki Wilson took two Judoon-actors aside to Berkeley Street to do special-effects shoots in front of a green screen.[1]

Filming took place in The Little Man Coffee Company on Bridge Street in Cardiff on 29 May.[20]

On the 30 May, filming took place in Cardiff Bay and at the banks by the nearby canal.[58]

Filming took place at Merthyr Mawr Estate in Bridgend, Wales on 28 June and 1 July.[13]

Filming took place on Pomeroy Street in the Butetown section of Cardiff on 23 July.[59]

Filming then took place on Spencer Street in Cardiff on 5 August.[60]

Filming took place at Nash Point in Wales on 20,[61] 21 and 22 August.[62]

Filming took place at Tyndall Street near Lumis Student Living in Cardiff on 2 October.[63] Filming continued on 5 October.[64] On 9 October filming took place adjacent to that location at Capital Quarter.[65]

Filming took place on Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol on 22 and 23 October.[9]

On the 25 October, the cast and crew held a Halloween-styled wrap party to celebrate that filming was nearing its end.[37]

On the nights of 29 and 30 October, filming took place inside Cardiff Castle, on the corner of Wharton and St Mary's Street in Cardiff and at Maindy Barracks.[66] Filming also happened at Capitol Shopping Centre on Churchill Way and wrapped up on the night of 30 October and early morning of 31 October.[67]

Myths Edit

  • Although now debunked, Starburst Magazine had reportedly been in contact with the BBC back in November 2018, during which time, the BBC said that series 12 would air in Autumn 2019.[68] Starburst also claimed that Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker had not been very happy behind the scenes, and were set to leave after series 12 had finished.[68]
  • Rumours of Chibnall leaving gained momentum once again in August 2019 when a random tweet said that he called it quits in the middle of filming, which everyone quickly caught on to.[69] This was later debunked as "nonsense" by BBC insiders, who went on to reference similar rumours of the past.[70]

Television stories Edit

Christmas special Edit


# Title Writer Director Notes
N/A TBATBALee Haven Jones[7]Re-introduction of the Christmas Special.

The bronze Daleks, including a special black Dalek, returned.[71]

Regular series Edit

# Title Writer Director Notes
1 TBAChris Chibnall[15]Jamie Stone[39]
2 TBATBALee Haven Jones[39]
4 TBATBANida Manzoor [21][note 1]
5 TBATBAJamie Stone[39]
6 TBATBANida Manzoor [21][note 1]
7 TBATBAEmma Sullivan[39][34]
9 TBATBAJamie Stone[39]
10 TBAChris Chibnall[15]

Aliens and enemies Edit

Rumours Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

to be added

Novels Edit

to be added

Footnotes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 According to Tony Hall:
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 The Doctor Who Team (9 December 2018). Doctor Who Series 12 Announcement. Doctor Who. Retrieved on 9 December 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jodie Whittaker Confirms Return for 'Doctor Who' Season 12 (Exclusive). Hollywood Reporter (7 December 2018). Retrieved on 9 December 2018.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 24 January 2019 (24 January 2019). Doctor Who series 12 has officially started filming. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 26 January 2019.
  13. 13.0 13.1
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4
  17. 17.0 17.1
  18. 18.0 18.1
  19. 19.0 19.1
  20. 20.0 20.1
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3
  23. 23.0 23.1
  31. Bone, Christian (12 November 2018). Doctor Who Season 12 Has Already Begun Pre-Production. We Got This Covers. Retrieved on 12 January 2019.
  32. 32.0 32.1
  33. 33.0 33.1
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2
  35. Houghton, Rianne (14 June 2017). Chris Chibnall has "five-year" plan for Doctor Who – and it's risky and bold. Digital Spy. Retrieved on 12 January 2019.
  36. 36.0 36.1
  37. 37.0 37.1
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 39.5 39.6 39.7 39.8
  40. 40.0 40.1 Harp, Justin (23 January 2019). Doctor Who kicks off series 12 filming with first-look at Jodie Whittaker and cast. Digital Spy. Retrieved on 24 January 2019.
  41. Marc, Christopher (7 January 2019). 'Doctor Who' Series 12 Is Officially Delayed To 2020 But Could Begin Filming Soon In Wales/South Africa. HN Entertainment. Retrieved on 12 January 2019.
  44. 44.0 44.1
  68. 68.0 68.1
  76. Laford, Andrea (5 September 2018). Doctor Who Series 12: rumoured plans to introduce a past alien relationship. CultBox. Retrieved on 12 January 2019.
  78. 78.0 78.1 Fullerton, Huw (1 January 2019). Doctor Who boss teases classic monsters returning and a new storyline for Yaz in 2020 series. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 12 January 2019.

Notes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Nida Manzoor has been confirmed as directing Block 3. All eight other episodes have directors accounted for, representing Blocks 1, 2, 4 and 5, revealing that Block 3 must include episodes 4 and 6.
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