The BBC has released the synopsis for The Timeless Children, the final episode of Doctor Who Series 12 (apart from the confirmed special, which hasn’t yet got an expected airdate – although it’s surely imminent).
Starring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor alongside her companions, Yaz (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole), and Graham (Bradley Walsh), there’s what to expect from The Timeless Children:
In the epic and emotional series finale, the Cybermen are on the march.
As the last remaining humans are ruthlessly hunted down, Graham, Ryan and Yaz face a terrifying fight to survive. Civilisations fall. Others rise anew. Lies are exposed, truths are revealed, battles are fought, and for the Doctor — trapped and alone — nothing will ever be the same again.
The episode follows on from this Sunday’s Ascension of the Cybermen and last weekend’s The Haunting of Villa Diodati.
Writer, Chris Chibnall confirms that the episode will run to 65 minutes:
“I’m going to do classic British understatement here: It’s a relatively seismic episode for the Doctor, and for the show. You will get some answers, but you will also be left with a whole load of new questions in true Doctor Who style.
“It is an emotional and narrative roller coaster — for the characters, for the audience. I think you’re going to need a very strong drink. It’s a 65-minute finale, so on BBC America that will go longer, obviously. It’s big, it’s action-packed, it’s very, very epic and very, very emotional, and there is a blistering performance from Jodie Whittaker in that final episode. People, I think, are going to feel wrung-out and possibly a little bit open-mouthed.”
The story is directed by Jamie Magnus Stone and stars Patrick O’Kane as Ashad/The Lone Cyberman and Julie Graham as Ravio. Plus, the mysteriously-named Fakout, played by Barack Stemis. Readers of Doctor Who Magazine (or indeed anyone who has chanced upon one of the two covers available) can make their own conclusions.
The Timeless Children will air on Sunday 1st March at 6:50pm on BBC1 and 8:00pm on BBC America.