The Doctor will return, but fans will have to wait quite a bit longer for another ride in the TARDIS. Ahead of tonight's season finale, the BBC has officially announced that Season 12 of Doctor Who won't debut until 2020.
When it was announced that Jodie Whittaker would be returning as the Doctor, it was expected that the series would return in Fall 2019. Unfortunately, that doesn't appear to be the case.
While production still appears to be slated for early 2019, the season won't actually debut until early 2020, as the BBC revealed. The reason given for the delay is due to the show's "uniquely complex filming requirements and a lengthy post-production period," according to Lizo Mzimba, the BBC's entertainment correspondent. Thankfully, fans won't be completely without a new Doctor Who episode in the New Year, however, as the series will forgo the usual Christmas special in favor of a New Years special this time around.
While Whittaker was, unsurprisingly, confirmed to return for Season 12, news regarding the status of her companions hadn't been revealed until now. However, showrunner Chris Chibnall has since confirmed that the Doctor's new companions, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole will all return for the forthcoming season, along with the promise of "more scares" and "more monsters." This, of course, is noteworthy as the Doctor's last companion, Pearl Mackie's fan-favorite Bill, only appeared in one season as the Doctor's companion.
Chibnall also explained that while we've enjoying the past season, he and his team have been very busy behind the scenes working on what's yet to come. "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 13th Doctor," he told the BBC.
Part of that work more than likely includes the show's upcoming special, "Resolution," which will mark the only new episode of Doctor Who in the new year.
Doctor Who's first New Years special will premiere on January 1 at 8 PM on BBC America. Jodie Whittaker's Doctor will be joined by co-stars Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill in a season spearheaded by new series showrunner, Chris Chibnall.