Doctor Who series 12 start date confirmed for 2020

Doctor Who season 12 air date - when does the new series start on TV?

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The start date for Series 12 of Doctor Who has been confirmed for New Years Day, 2020.

The Thirteenth Doctor is in her TARDIS on her way back to BBC One for a thrilling 10 part series which will land on New Year’s Day 2020, with a start time to be confirmed.

Episodes will then continue on BBC One on Sunday nights through the New Year.

The BBC tease that the Thirteenth Doctor is "well and truly back with a bang", opening the series with a blockbuster action packed two-part episode entitled Spyfall,

As Jodie Whittaker takes charge of the TARDIS once again, the Doctor will be joined by her friends Tosin Cole (Ryan), Mandip Gill (Yaz) and Bradley Walsh (Graham).

The twelfth series will also welcome a host of famous faces including Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Robert Glenister and Goran Višnjić to name just a few.

Stephen Fry said of joining the show: “Short of being picked for a British space exploration programme and I readily concede that I’m past the age where I’d be considered (if I was ever the right age for such a posting) – then being in an episode of Doctor Who will certainly do as a very sweet second-place excitement.”

Sir Lenny Henry CBE added: “It was absolutely brilliant to be welcomed into the fantastical world of Doctor Who.

"The nearest I have been to the TARDIS was when I played the Caribbean Doctor in the Lenny Henry Show, so as a life-long (hiding behind the sofa type) Doctor Who fan this is a very special moment for me.”

Showrunner Chris Chibnall - who wrote the opening episodes - commented: "One of the great joys of Doctor Who is getting to work with actors from your wish list.

"Stephen and Lenny are two of my absolute favourite actors - and to be able to bring them into Doctor Who, in our one of our biggest ever stories to kick off the new series, is an absolute thrill.”

Alongside the new guests stars, Doctor Who's 2020 series will see some further familiar faces including the Judoon and the Cybermen.

The BBC say: "Series twelve is set to be an epic action packed rollercoaster for everyone, just don’t stray too far from behind the sofa…"

Episodes will be available to watch online via the BBC iPlayer.

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