Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker’s second season will premiere in early 2020


As Jodie Whittaker recently confirmed, her Thirteenth Doctor will return for another season of Doctor Who. But it won’t air until 2020.

Earlier this week, Doctor Who fans rejoiced when Jodie Whittaker confirmed that her Thirteenth Doctor will be staying on for season 12. Now, those fans might be a little bummed. Ahead of tonight’s season 11 finale, BBC America revealed that Doctor Who will not be returning in the fall as it did this year.

Instead, season 12 will premiere in “early 2020.” Doctor Who will likely skip 2019 almost entirely, save for the upcoming New Year’s Day Special. However, presumably, it is possible that a Christmas Special could air the end of 2019, ahead of season 12.

While the wait will surely be difficult, it’s not unprecedented. Season 11, for example, premiered well over a year after the last episode of season 10, not including the Christmas Special in which Peter Capaldi departed and Whittaker made her debut.

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Whittaker’s first season concludes tonight with “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos,” which will find the gang responding to nine distress calls on a mysterious planet and The Doctor running into a familiar face.

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Then, fans will catch up with Thirteen, Yaz, Ryan, and Graham a few weeks later on New Year’s Day. Chris Chibnall also confirmed Whittaker won’t be the only cast member returning for season 12. In his full statement, he expressed his excitement heading into next season and assured fans that Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Coll will be back.

"“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!”"

Have you been watching season 11? Are you excited for the finale? Let us know in the comments section below.

*This article has been updated with Chibnall’s full statement

Source: io9