When Jodie Whittaker returns to Doctor Who next season, the Thirteenth Doctor and her friends won’t be the only familiar faces.
The show is set to welcome back The Judoon as one of the Doctor’s adversaries.
More than 12 years after they stampeded onto screens to terrorise the Tenth Doctor and Martha Jones on the moon in 2007’s Smith and Jones, the rhino-headed, brutish intergalactic police are returning to cause havoc and thrill children and adults alike. These ruthless enforcers are on a deadly mission: But what for? And why has it brought them to present-day Gloucester?
The episode will also star acclaimed actor Neil Stuke. Neil has an established career on stage, television and films, and is a two times Bafta nominee. Neil’s recent credits include Doctor Foster, Silk and Silent Witness.
Chris Chibnall, Showrunner says: “No! Sho! Blo! The Judoon are storming back into Doctor Who in full force, and the streets of Gloucester aren’t safe. If anyone has anything to hide, confess now. The Judoon are taking no prisoners, and will stop at nothing to fulfil their mission! The whole team on Doctor Who are delighted and scared in equal measure to welcome them back: One of many treats we’ve got in store for viewers next series. And we’re over the moon (with Judoon), to be welcoming the wondrous Neil Stuke as guest star. We can’t wait to show you what happens when his path crosses with the Thirteenth Doctor.”
Season 12 of Doctor Who is currently in production.
Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker will return… in 2020
10th December 2018
Jodie Whittaker’s time in the TARDIS is far from over, with the Time Lord officially returning for Doctor Who Season 12 – but not until 2020.
Season 11 marked a brand new era for Doctor Who with showrunner Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat, just as Whittaker’s Doctor also stepped into the big blue box. Joined by new companions Bradley Walsh (Graham), Mandip Gill (Yasmin) and Tosin Cole (Ryan), the result has been a decidedly new direction for the show, with an emphasis on character, particular those of the sidekicks, and a running theme of understanding, compassion and communication.
Despite some initial backlash from a minority in the show’s fanbase about the Doctor changing gender, the opening episode marked a record launch for a Doctor Who season, with a consolidated audience of 11 million making it the second biggest drama this year across all channels, one of the top 10 programmes in 2018 so far, and Doctor Who’s biggest start to a run since its return under Russell T Davies.
The episode received 3.7 million requests through BBC iPlayer and, across the first eight episodes, Season 1 has averaged a 4-screen consolidated audience of 8.4 million.
Season 11 drew to a close last night – read our review of the episode here – and a new trailer has given us a glimpse of the upcoming New Year’s Day special, but otherwise, fans are about to be in for a long wait, as the TARDIS won’t return for a new season until early 2020.
“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,” said Chibnall in a blog post officially announcing Season 12. “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!”
Charlotte Moore, Director of Content added: “We’re delighted that the Doctor and her friends will be returning to thrill audiences in 2020. 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.”
You can see the trailer for Resolution here.
Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who debut sets new series record
17th October 2018
Jodie Whittaker’s debut Doctor Who outing has set a new record for the series, enjoying its biggest launch ever since the show returned in 2005.
Barb’s new four-screen measurements, which include viewing through a TV screen as well as non-TV online devices, show that Episode 1 of Doctor Who’s 11th season received a consolidated figure of 10.9 million viewers – up from the 10.8 million recorded in 2005.
The consolidated numbers also make Doctor Who the number one drama launch of the year so far. The series opener has particularly proved a big hit with 16-34 year olds, with 1.8 million watching the first episode. It’s been a big on-demand success too: Episode 1, The Woman Who Fell to Earth, received 2 million requests through BBC iPlayer in the seven days following its broadcast.
“The Woman Who Fell To Earth provides exactly the sort of continuity-lite grounding that the show needs at this point,” we wrote in our review. “It feels like a mission statement: including new viewers and bucking the expectations of the already converted. Arriving with a marked departure in tone, we’d say the new production team and cast have time on their side for the rest of the season.”
Chris Chibnall, Showrunner, says: “On behalf of the entire Doctor Who team, a huge thank you to viewers for taking Jodie’s Doctor and her new friends into their hearts, in such huge numbers. It’s a thrill being deluged with pictures of families snuggled up together, kids (and adults) hiding behind sofas (they actually do that!), and seeing all the extraordinary creative artwork inspired by the show. The journey of the Thirteenth Doctor is only just beginning. Next stop: Alabama 1955.”
Doctor Who continues on BBC One this Sunday at 6.55pm. The first two episodes are available on BBC iPlayer. Click here to keep up with our reviews of each episode, and how long they’re available on catch-up.