Following Sunday night’s season finale, The BBC has announced that the next season of “Doctor Who” will not be airing until early 2020. The network confirmed the airdate on Twitter along with releasing the trailer for the New Year’s Day special episode “Resolution”.
The long gap between the eleventh and twelfth seasons has raised obvious eyebrows following an interesting first season for Whittaker’s thirteenth incarnation of The Doctor. Critically the show debuted to strong reviews but while Whittaker, the supporting cast and the new visual look have been praised, the scripts have again come under fire.
The audience Appreciation Index in the UK for the season has run between 79-83, quite stable but overall a bit down compared to the 76-89 ratings of Eccleston and Tennant’s inaugural seasons, 84-89 of Smith’s, and 82-85 of Capaldi’s.
On the other hand, the series has been riding a wave of healthy ratings. In the UK it had a huge launch and though it has dropped a bit, said drop has been on par with other first seasons of other Doctors – with the overall numbers are still much more robust than they have been in recent years.
In the US, it is being claimed to be the “fastest-growing scripted series in all of television this year” – up 47% in total viewers and 46% in adults 18-49 with much of that coming from the women 18-34 audience which has doubled in size. It also ranks among the year’s top five drama series on social media.
In the New Year special, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) are braced to overcome this threat to the entire planet. It premieres Tuesday January 1st in the UK and US.