It looks like The BBC will be skipping either a Christmas or New Year’s special for “Doctor Who” this year, instead they’re trying something else altogether for Jodie Whittaker’s The Doctor.
First reported by The Mirror and now confirmed by The BBC, the highly anticipated twelfth season of the reboot-era of the show, the second with Whittaker in the role, will take the New Year’s Day slot on Wednesday January 1st for the first part of its two-part season premiere.
That first episode is said to include “one of the most ambitious things ever attempted” on the show and guest stars for that episode include Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry. The second half will air a few days later on Saturday January 4th with all the subsequent episodes released on Saturdays.
Showrunner Chris Chibnall is keeping plot details under wraps, but the Cybermen are rumored and the Judoon are confirmed to return this season among others – a change from last year which avoided including any familiar aliens until the New Year’s Day special “Resolution”. Chibnall has also confirmed to The Radio Times that planning for the thirteenth season is already underway.
Co-stars Bradley Walsh as Graham O’Brien, Tosin Cole as his step-grandson Ryan Sinclair and Mandip Gill as Yashim Khan are all returning for the ten-episode twelfth season. Last week a clip teased something coming for the show this Saturday (Nov 23rd), with this date news it’s almost certainly going to be the new season trailer. Check back tomorrow for that.