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Doctor Who Series 12 Brings Back Two-Parters, Starting with the Opener

Like many fans, I couldn’t be more excited about the latest announcements these past few days. We are finally getting what we’ve been hoping for, one of the show’s traditional formats: two-parters.

According to a recent interview in Radio Times, showrunner Chris Chibnall explains:

“I love a two-parter. And our two-parters are epic this year. We always knew last year would be those 10 standalone stories, and this year we wanted to weave things in a bit more.”

And that’s not all. Series 12 will be kicking off with the first half of a two-part blockbuster opener, Spyfall, on New Year’s Day! The second half will air on Sunday 5th January 2020.

Going back to Chibnall’s point: As a staunch fan of multi-part stories, I certainly couldn’t agree more. They’ve been used throughout the entire Classic era and, occasionally, during both the RTD and Steven Moffat eras, but sadly dropped during Series 11. It was a missed opportunity to develop the Thirteenth Doctor’s character at the earliest stage, as well as having a proper story arc. On the bright side, however, we did get a cliffhanger at the end of Jodie Whittaker’s first full episode.

“Obviously even though we didn’t officially do two-parters last year, you could argue that first one [The Woman Who Fell to Earth] has a cliffhanger into the second. A two-parter that wasn’t a two-parter!”

Yes, I believe he was referring to the opening scene of The Ghost Monument, which I specifically touched upon in one of my other articles.

Since Spyfall is, thankfully, not the only two-parter in Jodie Whittaker’s second series, I have no doubt that there’ll be at least another or two. I wouldn’t be surprised if both halves turn out to be 50 minutes long, just like the openers of Series 6 and 9 (we’ll find out more about Part One when schedules are released, expected later this week). Considering that Chibnall has written four episodes altogether, we can only hope for 9 and 10 to comprise an epic two-part finale. Maybe 60-65 minutes for the second half? Who knows?

In the meantime, you can check out the latest trailer for Series 12!

Andrew Hsieh

Aspiring screenwriter with Asperger's syndrome, and lifelong Whovian since (shortly after) Christopher Eccleston's reign, Andrew has written and co-edited short story anthologies for Divergent Wordsmiths. Plus, he lives near Bannerman Road.

Doctor Who Series 12 Brings Back Two-Parters, Starting with the Opener

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