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Series 12 of Doctor Who was due to premiere in "very early" 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.
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. The series was announced almost immediately after the conclusion of said episode.
Return to familiarity Edit
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.
Returning foes Edit
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.
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".
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".
- The Doctor - Jodie Whittaker
- Graham O'Brien - Bradley Walsh
- Ryan Sinclair - Tosin Cole
- Yasmin Khan - Mandip Gill
- TBA - Maxim Baldry
- Voice of the Judoon - Nicholas Briggs
- Judoon Captain - Paul Kasey
- Suki Cheng - Molly Harris
- Marcia - Julia Foster
- TBA - Jordan Ring
- TBA - Neil Stuke
- Ruth Clayton - Jo Martin
- "Barista" - TBA
- Queen Skithra - Anjli Mohindra
- Noor Inayat Khan - Aurora Marion
- Nevi - James Buckley
- Mary Shelley - TBA
- TBA - Stephen Fry
- TBA - Michael Begley
- TBA - Jacob Collins Levy
- Foreman - Shaun Mason
- Seesay - Darron Meyer
- Vorm - Will Austin
- Agent Browning - Dominique Maher
- Sergeant Murphy Docherty - Caolán Byrne
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.
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!"
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."
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!"
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.
(Alderton was also confirmed as "core writer" for Series 13)
Jamie Stone directed Block 1, consisting of episodes 1 and 5, as well as Block 5, consisting of 9 and 10. Lee Haven Jones directed Block 2, consisting of episodes 2 and 3. Nida Manzoor directed Block 3, consisting of episodes 4 and 6.[note 1] Emma Sullivan directed Block 4, consisting of episodes 7 and 8.
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, Table Mountain and the Taal Monument.
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. 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.
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.
Filming took place inside the Gloucester Cathedral on 22 and 23 May. 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.
Filming took place at Tyndall Street near Lumis Student Living in Cardiff on 2 October. Filming continued on 5 October. On 9 October filming took place adjacent to that location at Capital Quarter.
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. 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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. This was later debunked as "nonsense" by BBC insiders, who went on to reference similar rumours of the past.
Television stories Edit
Christmas special Edit
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Regular series Edit
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Aliens and enemies Edit
- Series 12 is rumoured in Empire Magazine to premiere on New Years Day. A New Zealand TV station's document lists it as Thursday January 2nd, which is Wednesday January 1st in the UK. The following episodes are placed on Thursdays (Fridays in NZ).
- In an article on the Daily Mail by Nicola Methven, she quotes a "show insider" as saying: "Last season, the theme was empowerment for women, mirroring what was happening elsewhere in the world. This time there will be an effort to get behind the message that what we’re doing is killing our planet. Kids are really involved in these environmental issues so it’s a perfect fit for Doctor Who."
- A past alien love interest could be introduced.
- South Africa filming is possibly for episode 1 and 5, comprising Block 1, directed by Jamie Stone.
- Rose Tyler could be making a return.
- Yasmin Khan's police career at the Hallamshire Police could be explored more deeply.
- Some baddies from the classic era could return.
- A romance could be developing between the Doctor and Yaz.
- Series 12 might be moving back to a Saturday time slot.
- John Simm's version of the Master could return as various "Vote Saxon" signs pop up in Cardiff Bay. The Daily Star further noted that there had been "talks" to have the Master return (though not which version)
- According to a German magazine, the Korean pop band Bangtan Boys will appear in this series.
- The Autons could make a return.
- Petronella Osgood could make a return.
- The Sea Devils could return.
- Nicholas Briggs is listed as the voice of the Cybermen and the Daleks. Julian Bleach as Davros, Ingrid Oliver as Osgood and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart.
- Possible cast members are Ronan Summers as Rendition Man, Andrew Burford as Heavy, Matthew Rohman as a Sea Devil and a Judoon, Richard Price as a Judoon.
- Series 12 could possibly be Bradley Walsh's last as Graham O'Brien.
Adaptations and merchandising Edit
Home media Edit
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