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When Does Doctor Who Series 12 Start? Title and Schedule Announced

Doctor Who Series 12 will begin on New Year’s Day (1st January 2020) with Spyfall. This opening story will be penned by showrunner, Chris Chibnall and be a two-part episode. While 1st January 2020 is a Wednesday, subsequent episodes will revert back to the schedule from Series 11, airing on Sunday evenings.

Series 12 will consist of 10 episodes, meaning the season will conclude on 1st March. (A shame it won’t air on 29th February – only one episode has ever screened on that date in the UK before: The Singing Sands, the second part of Marco Polo, back in 1964.)

Spyfall, of course, is a riff on the James Bond film, Skyfall. It’s not the best, but hey, it’s no Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos!

As Jodie Whittaker takes charge of the TARDIS once again, the Thirteenth Doctor will be joined by her friends, Tosin Cole (Ryan), Mandip Gill (Yaz), and Bradley Walsh (Graham). The run will also welcome a host of famous faces including Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Robert Glenister, and Goran Višnjić.

Returning monsters include the Cybermen and Judoon. Keep an eye on the DWC later this week as we go over which aliens we know are back for Series 12.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest Doctor Who with the DWC. We’ll also be reviewing every Series 12 episode (and don’t worry, we’ve got more season reviews planned for over the festivities too).

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

When Does Doctor Who Series 12 Start? Title and Schedule Announced

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