Jodie Whittaker is set to return for the forthcoming twelfth season of “Doctor Who,” reprising her role as the thirteenth incarnation of ‘The Doctor’ and the first time the character has been female. The next season, the twelfth since the revival, will start filming in early 2019.
Whittaker tells THR: “I really can’t wait to step back in and get to work again. It’s such an incredible role. It’s been an extraordinary journey so far and I’m not quite ready to hand it over yet.”
Ratings wise the Whittaker era has been a success. In the US it is averaging 1.6 million viewers per episode, up by 20%. In its home in the UK, the new season is averaging 8.5 million viewers per episode which is the most successful since the revival. Critically Whittaker and the companions have been praised, but the show’s scripts have come under fire and there are rumors of behind-the-scenes issues with the network.
Whittaker was joined by an all-new cast of characters in the series, including Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill. Chris Chibnall took over as head writer and executive producer.
“Doctor Who” will be having its first ever New’s Year Day-themed episode titled “Who’s Year’s Day” with Wayne Yip set to direct. It premieres January 1st 2019.