first_imgStay on target HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster As Doctor Who season 11 came to a close Sunday (with more of a whimper than a bang), the BBC announced that series 12 will follow in “early 2020.”The whole gang is set to return, including showrunner Chris Chibnall, Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker, and companions Mandip Gill (Yaz), Tosin Cole (Ryan), and Bradley Walsh (Graham).“We’re off again! Well, we never actually stopped,” according to Chibnall.“As Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends have been winning the hearts of families across the nation this autumn,” he continued, “we’ve been busy with a whole new set of action-packed adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor.”Consistently tight-lipped, the head writer is leaving all the details up to our imaginations.“We adore making this show and have been blown away by the response from audiences,” Chibnall said in a statement. “So we can’t wait to bring more scares, more monsters, and more Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole to BBC One. Brilliant!”Following much pomp and circumstance over the first female Doctor and her new boss, Whittaker’s October debut became the highest-ever Doctor Who series launch since its return in 2005.Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor (via BBC)Premiere episode “The Woman Who Fell to Earth” was seen by a whopping 11 million viewers. (For reference, 2005 opener “Rose,” which marked the end of the show’s 16-year hiatus, was watched by 10.8 million people.)The consolidated volume also made Doctor Who the second-biggest drama this year across all channels; it also placed among the BBC’s top 10 programs in 2018 (so far).Despite criticism from pouty fans over the space-and-time-travelling alien’s sex change, folks still turned up and tuned in to see what a new lead actor would bring to the series.(A lot of action, humor, heart, nostalgia, and purpose, it turns out.)“We’re delighted that the Doctor and her friends will be returning to thrill audiences in 2020,” Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC, said. “I know Chris and the whole team are already working on a whole new set of exciting adventures. In the meantime, we’ve got a very special episode on New Year’s Day for everyone to enjoy.”And enjoy it we shall, since Whovians face more than a year’s wait for the next full season of Doctor Who.Missed episodes nine and 10? Check out our recaps of “It Takes You Away” and “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.” Also, satisfy your cravings with three new Thirteenth Doctor novels—by Una McCormack (“The Molten Heart”), Steve Cole (“Combat Magicks”), and Juno Dawson (“The Good Doctor”)—on sale now.More on Geek.com:‘Doctor Who Gifts for the Ultimate Whovian15 Historical Figures Who Appeared on ‘Doctor Who’8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi Flickslast_img