Doctor Who (series 12)

Doctor Who
Series 12
Doctor Who Series 12.png
DVD box set cover art
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of stories 8
No. of episodes 10
Original network BBC One
Original release 1 January (2020-01-01) –

1 March 2020 (2020-03-01)
Series chronology
← Previous

Series 11
List of Doctor Who episodes (2005–present)

The twelfth series of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who premiered on 1 January 2020 and aired through to 1 March 2020. It is the second to be led by Chris Chibnall as head writer and executive producer, alongside executive producer Matt Strevens, the twelfth to air after the programme's revival in 2005, and the thirty-eighth season overall. The twelfth series was broadcast on Sundays, except for the premiere episode, continuing on from the eleventh series, after regular episodes of the revived era have previously been broadcast on Saturdays. The series was preceded by a New Year's Day special episode in 2019, "Resolution", instead of the traditional annual Christmas special.

Jodie Whittaker returns for her second series as the Thirteenth Doctor, an incarnation of the Doctor, an alien Time Lord who travels through time and space in the TARDIS, which appears from the outside to be a British police box. It also stars Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill as the Doctor's travelling companions, Graham O'Brien, Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan, respectively. The series follows the Thirteenth Doctor and her companions as they meet a new incarnation of the Master and his destruction of Gallifrey, the return of Jack Harkness, the appearance of an unknown incarnation of the Doctor from before the Time War, the Cybermen, and the secret of the "Timeless Child".

The ten episodes were directed by Jamie Magnus Stone, Lee Haven Jones, Nida Manzoor and Emma Sullivan. Alongside Chibnall, who wrote four of the scripts and co-wrote a further three, the writers include Ed Hime, Pete McTighe and Vinay Patel, who return from writing the previous series, as well as new contributors Nina Metivier, Maxine Alderton and Charlene James. Filming commenced in January 2019 and concluded by November of that year. The series will be followed by a festive special episode.

Episodes [ edit ]

The twelfth series included two-part stories for the first time since the tenth series, and more than one two-part story for the first time since the ninth series.[1] "Spyfall" is the first two-part episode not to use separate titles for its episodes since "The End of Time" (2009–10).[2]


No. in

Title Directed by Written by Original air date UK viewers

(millions) [3]
Special (2019)
287 "Resolution" Wayne Yip Chris Chibnall 1 January 2019 (2019-01-01) 7.13 80
On New Year's Day 2019 in Sheffield, archaeologists Lin and Mitch unintentionally revive a deadly intelligence that has been separated and dormant on Earth since the 9th century. The Doctor is alerted to its presence and lands the TARDIS at Lin and Mitch's dig. The Doctor takes a sample of the creature's slime, while the squid-like creature attaches itself to Lin's back. At Graham and Ryan's home, the latter's father Aaron returns. Ryan agrees to talk to him, while the Doctor discovers that the creature she faces is a Dalek. Controlling Lin, the Dalek steals a ray gun belonging to its race from an archive base and constructs a makeshift Dalek casing out of scrap metal. The Doctor and her friends find Lin, freed from the Dalek's control, and the Doctor confronts the rebuilt creature. The Dalek flies off and attempts to summon a battle fleet, but the Doctor follows and defeats it with the help of Aaron's microwave oven. The exposed mutant creature possesses Aaron in an attempt to force the Doctor to take it to Skaro, but she releases it into a supernova instead. Afterwards, Aaron and Ryan reconcile.
288a 1 "Spyfall, Part 1" Jamie Magnus Stone Chris Chibnall 1 January 2020 (2020-01-01) 6.89 82
The Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan are called into MI6 by C to investigate mysterious deaths. Their only lead is Daniel Barton, the CEO of a media company. The Doctor contacts Agent O, who was tasked with monitoring extra-terrestrial activities. C is killed by aliens, but the Doctor and her companions escape. Yaz and Ryan investigate Barton, who invites them to his birthday party. Graham and the Doctor find O in the Australian outback. Both groups encounter the same alien lifeforms, though the Doctor is able to capture one of them. While sneaking into Barton's headquarters with Ryan, Yaz is captured by an alien, and the Doctor's captured alien is able to free itself by replacing itself with Yaz. Joined by O, the four investigate Barton at his party. After the Doctor reveals him, Barton tries to escape, so the Doctor and her companions pursue on motorbikes to Barton's private jet. Leaping aboard the jet, O reveals he is actually The Master – having been in control of Barton and the aliens the whole time. A bomb detonates, and the Master escapes while the Doctor is captured by one of the aliens, leaving her companions in the falling plane.
288b 2 "Spyfall, Part 2" Lee Haven Jones Chris Chibnall 5 January 2020 (2020-01-05) 6.07 82
In the aliens' dimension, the Doctor meets Ada Lovelace, and they are both transported to 1834. The Doctor summons an alien, called the Kasaavin, hoping it will take her back to the 21st century, but Ada abruptly joins her. In the present, Ryan discovers how to safely land the plane after finding a recording of the Doctor, but Barton brands the companions as fugitives. The Doctor and Ada accidentally land in Paris during World War II, but are rescued by Noor Inayat Khan. The Master tracks the Doctor disguised as a Nazi, though she arranges a meeting between them. The Master claims Gallifrey has been destroyed before the Doctor blows his cover and escapes with Ada and Noor to the present in the Master's TARDIS. Barton speaks at a conference, revealing that the Kasaavin will rewrite humanity's DNA. The Master arrives to see the device activate, only for it to fail. The Doctor exposes the Master's machinations to the Kasaavin, provoking them into taking him with them as they're forced back to their dimension. The Doctor visits a destroyed Gallifrey to confirm the Master's claim, and learns from a recording of him that their lives were based on lies.
289 3 "Orphan 55" Lee Haven Jones Ed Hime 12 January 2020 (2020-01-12) 5.38 77
The Doctor, Ryan, Yaz and Graham are transported to Tranquility Spa, a "fakation" facility built in a dome on a desolate "orphan" world. Seemingly peaceful at first, the facility is quickly overrun by Dregs, humanoid monsters, due to an intentional disruption of the security systems. Several guests and facility workers are killed before the Doctor re-establishes the security fields. The survivors leave the dome to save a fellow survivor, but the Dregs lead them into a trap, and they retreat to a tunnel to return to the facility. There, one of the guests, Bella, reveals she purposely disrupted the security field as revenge against her mother Kane, who built Tranquility Spa and ignored her childhood. The Doctor discovers the orphan planet is really Earth after years of climate change and war, and the Dregs are mutated human survivors. Kane and Bella sacrifice themselves to destroy the facility and protect the others as the Doctor safely transports them to their original planets.
290 4 "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror" Nida Manzoor Nina Metivier 19 January 2020 (2020-01-19) 5.20 79
In 1903, Nikola Tesla works on his wireless power transmission system. He comes across a floating orb and runs away as a cloaked figure shoots at him. The Doctor arrives and they escape aboard a train headed to New York City, where they find protesters waiting outside Tesla's lab, believing negative stories circulated by Thomas Edison. The Doctor, Graham and Ryan visit Edison's workshop. The cloaked figure arrives at Edison's lab and pursues Edison. The Doctor tries to warn Tesla and Yaz back at his lab, but they are captured and transported to an invisible alien ship, belonging to the Queen of the Skithra, who demands help to fix it. The Doctor transports herself, Tesla and Yaz back to Tesla's lab. The Queen refuses to leave, threatening to destroy Earth if Tesla is not surrendered. Tesla and the Doctor hook up the TARDIS to help power Tesla's Wardenclyffe Tower, which activates, shooting electrical bolts through the ship, forcing it to leave Earth. Yaz learns that Tesla's future reputation remains unchanged by his involvement.
291 5 "Fugitive of the Judoon" Nida Manzoor Vinay Patel and Chris Chibnall 26 January 2020 (2020-01-26) 5.57 83
The Judoon search Gloucester for a fugitive. The Doctor questions Lee and Ruth Clayton, a married couple. Graham, Ryan and Yaz are transported to a spaceship piloted by Jack Harkness. Lee surrenders and is killed by Gat, the Judoon's employer. When the Doctor and Ruth are surrounded by Judoon, Ruth subdues them with sudden inexplicable power. A text from Lee triggers Ruth's memories, which leads them to a lighthouse. Unable to teleport the Doctor, Harkness gives the companions a message from the future and is forced to teleport away, returning them to Gloucester. Ruth finds an alarm box outside, breaks it, and is engulfed in energy; the Doctor discovers a buried TARDIS, which Ruth claims is hers, introducing herself as the Doctor. In Ruth's TARDIS, the Doctor and Ruth discover that neither of them remembers the other. Ruth once worked for Gat and hid her identity with a chameleon arch. The TARDIS is brought aboard the Judoon ship. Gat, under orders to bring Ruth back to Gallifrey, is shown a vision of destroyed Gallifrey by the Doctor; Gat shoots at Ruth but the gun backfires. Ruth returns the Doctor to Gloucester, without any explanation for the mystery of the two Doctors.
292 6 "Praxeus" Jamie Magnus Stone Pete McTighe and Chris Chibnall 2 February 2020 (2020-02-02) 5.22 78
The Doctor and her companions investigate a bacterium that covers human bodies in a crystalline substance before disintegrating them. Aided by ex-police officer Jake, blogger Gabriela, and medical researcher Suki, they find Jake's husband Adam in the early stages and take him to Suki's lab to evaluate while Yaz and Gabriela explore the site where they found Jake, eventually finding a teleport to an alien location. The Doctor determines the bacterium is drawn to microplastics. Suki reveals she is from an alien race devastated by the bacterium they called Praxeus, and had come to Earth to evaluate it further for a cure. While the Doctor finds a cure for humans, using a willing Adam to test it, it cannot stop Praxeus from affecting Suki and soon disintegrates her. Travelling to Yaz' location, they find they are under the Indian Ocean garbage patch, where Suki's ship is located. They load the ship's reserves with the antidote and set the ship to self-destruct in the atmosphere to disperse it, but Jake willingly pilots the vessel when the auto-pilot fails. The Doctor materialises the TARDIS around Jake, saving him moments before the explosion. With Praxeus stopped, the Doctor suggests Jake, Adam, and Gabriela travel the world together.
293 7 "Can You Hear Me?" Emma Sullivan Charlene James and Chris Chibnall 9 February 2020 (2020-02-09) 4.90 78
The Doctor returns her companions home, where they simultaneously begin to experience supernatural events. Graham sees visions of an imprisoned girl telling him to find her, Ryan sees a mysterious figure cause his friend to vanish, and Yaz sees an unfamiliar woman among memories of her past. The Doctor, still in the TARDIS, receives a signal from 14th century Aleppo, where she meets a young woman named Tahira, a mental patient. Following their strange experiences, the companions contact the Doctor, who uses Graham's visions to track the source of the nightmares. They are led to a ship in the future piloted by Zellin, who claims to be immortal and omnipotent.[4] After putting the companions and Tahira out of action, Zellin uses the Doctor's instincts to free the imprisoned girl, Rakaya, another immortal being like himself, who has been feeding on their dreams. The Doctor tricks Zellin and Rakaya back into their imprisonment. Yaz repays an old debt to a police officer she met three years earlier.
294 8 "The Haunting of Villa Diodati" Emma Sullivan Maxine Alderton 16 February 2020 (2020-02-16) 5.07 80
The Doctor takes her companions to 1816 to Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva to witness Mary Shelley gain the inspiration to write Frankenstein. However, they found the villa seemingly haunted, and Mary's future husband Percy has gone missing. A spectral figure appears and reveals itself as a Cyberman named Ashad that is seeking the missing Cyberium, the collected knowledge of the Cybermen. The Doctor discovers Percy, finding he had found the Cyberium earlier and had gone crazy from it, with the Cyberium creating the "haunts" to prevent discovery. Despite knowing of Jack's previous warning of the lone Cyberman, the Doctor extracts the Cyberium from Percy and under threat gives it to Ashad, who returns to the future. The Doctor and her companions pursue, while Mary was inspired by Ashad, "this modern Prometheus", to write a story.
295a 9 "Ascension of the Cybermen" Jamie Magnus Stone Chris Chibnall 23 February 2020 (2020-02-23) 4.99 81
The Doctor and companions arrive at the last outpost of humanity in the far future, in time to protect them from an attacking wave of Cybermen drones, though some humans are killed. The Doctor has Graham and Yaz take the others in their ship to travel to safety while she, Ryan and Ethan, one of the survivors, travel to Ko Sharmus, known as humanity's last hope. They discover Ko Sharmus is a person acting as a ferryman for other humans to escape through a portal to the other side of the universe for safety. Aboard the humans' ship, they pass through a battlefield with debris of dead Cyberman and board a seemingly-abandoned Cyber carrier. However, too late they discover that Ashad and a group of Cyberwarriors have arrived, and have since seized the control deck and directed the ship towards the Doctor, and are waking the other Cybermen in stasis. Yaz contacts the Doctor about their impending arrival, just as Ko Sharmus opens the portal. The portal is revealed to be the new location of the ruins of Gallifrey, much to the Doctor's surprise. The Master jumps through and tells the Doctor that she should be afraid because everything is about to change forever.
295b 10 "The Timeless Children" Jamie Magnus Stone Chris Chibnall 1 March 2020 (2020-03-01) 4.69 82
The Master teleports the Doctor to Gallifrey, where he imprisons her in the Matrix. While in the Matrix, the Master reveals that the Doctor was an orphaned female Child from another dimension founded and experimented on by a Shobogan woman named Tecteun. After many years, Tecteun eventually discovers how the Child can regenerate thus leading to the creation of the Time Lords. Meanwhile, the Master contacts Ashad to lead the Cybermen to Gallifrey but realises that he cannot have the Cyberium if Ashad is alive prompting him to shrink Ashad and absorb the Cyberium. He then uses the Cyberium to convert the dead Time Lords into Cybermen. Yaz and Graham safely reunite with Ryan and the others then follow the Cybermen to Gallifrey. Ruth helps the Doctor escape the Matrix by transmitting her old and new memories. Back in the chamber, the Doctor plans to detonate the death particles from Ashad's remains to stop the Master, but Ko Sharmus arrives and takes her place, detonating the particles, presumably killing the Master and the cyberconverted Time Lords. The companions return to Earth in a house disguised TARDIS and the Doctor makes her way back to her own TARDIS. Suddenly, the Judoon appear to arrest the Doctor and take her to a distant prison elsewhere in space.
296 "Revolution of the Daleks"[5] Lee Haven Jones[6] Chris Chibnall[7] TBA TBD TBD

Casting [ edit ]

The series is the second to feature Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.[8][9] Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill also reprise their roles as Graham O'Brien, Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan, respectively.[10][11]

Stephen Fry appeared in the first part of the two-part episode "Spyfall", with Lenny Henry appearing in both parts.[12] Dominique Maher and Darron Meyer portrayed Agent Browning and Seesay respectively in "Spyfall, Part 1".[13] Sacha Dhawan appeared unannounced in "Spyfall, Part 1", and was revealed at the end of the episode to be the Master.[14] Aurora Marion portrayed Noor Inayat Khan in "Spyfall, Part 2".[15][16] James Buckley appeared in "Orphan 55" as Nevi.[17] Laura Fraser also appeared in "Orphan 55" as Kane,[18][19] as did Julia Foster as Vilma.[20][21] Goran Višnjić and Robert Glenister have also been cast[22] as Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison respectively,[23] and appeared in "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror".[21] Anjli Mohindra, who had previously portrayed Rani Chandra in the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, played Queen Skithra in "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror".[20][21]

John Barrowman returned to his role as Jack Harkness in "Fugitive of the Judoon". This is his first appearance on the show since "The End of Time - Part Two" in 2010.[24] Jo Martin appeared as a previously unknown incarnation of the Doctor using the alias 'Ruth Clayton' in "Fugitive of the Judoon".[25][21] Neil Stuke appeared in "Fugitive of the Judoon", and Nicholas Briggs provided the voice of the Judoon.[26][21] Molly Harris appeared as Suki Cheng in "Praxeus".[27][21] Warren Brown was also cast in that episode.[28]

Sharon D. Clarke reprises her role as Graham's late wife, Grace, in "Can You Hear Me?".[29] Maxim Baldry appeared as Dr John Polidori in "The Haunting of Villa Diodati".[30][31] Jacob Collins-Levy also appeared as Lord Byron in the same episode.[32][31] Julie Graham, Ian McElhinney and Steve Toussaint guest star in the two-part finale, "Ascension of the Cybermen" / "The Timeless Children".[33][34]

Production [ edit ]

Writing and development [ edit ]

In April 2015, Steven Moffat confirmed that Doctor Who would run for at least another five years, extending the show until 2020.[35] In May 2017, it was announced that due to the terms of a deal between BBC Worldwide and SMG Pictures in China, the company has first right of refusal on the purchase for the Chinese market of future series of the programme until and including Series 15.[36][37]

Chris Chibnall returned as the series's showrunner, the role he took on following Steven Moffat's departure after the tenth series.[8] Matt Strevens also returned to serve as executive producer alongside Chibnall.[38] On 25 December 2018, the BBC announced that the New Year's Day special would feature the return of the Daleks.[39] Ed Hime (who wrote the penultimate episode of the previous series) wrote an episode.[40] Nina Metivier, who served as script editor on the previous series, also wrote an episode.[41]

In November 2019, Doctor Who Magazine revealed the writers for the twelfth series, including Vinay Patel, Pete McTighe, Maxine Alderton and Charlene James, as well as Hime, Métivier and Chibnall; Chibnall wrote four episodes and co-wrote a further three.[42] In a Radio Times article, Chibnall confirmed that Series 12 would feature the return of two-part stories.[1]

Filming [ edit ]

A New Year's Day special episode, "Resolution", was filmed in 2018 in lieu of the traditional annual Christmas special.[43][44][45]

Costume designer Ray Holman listed the twelfth series as being in pre-production in November 2018.[46] By 17 November, BBC confirmed that Whittaker's second series had begun production.[8] Jamie Magnus Stone, who previously directed the fiftieth-anniversary minisode "The Last Day", directed the first block, which comprised the first and sixth episodes of the series.[47][27] Lee Haven Jones directed the second and third episodes in the second block, Nida Manzoor directed the third block of the fourth and fifth episodes,[48] Emma Sullivan directed the fourth block of the seventh and eighth episodes,[49] and Stone directed the fifth block of the ninth and tenth episodes.[50] A special episode, "Revolution of the Daleks", was filmed by Lee Haven Jones.[6][51][5]

Filming commenced on 23 January 2019[52] in Cape Town, South Africa,[53][54] and concluded on 7 February, taking place at Western Cape, Hopefield,[55] Table Mountain[56] and Taal Monument.[57] Filming took place in Cardiff and Wales between February and October 2019.[58][59][60][61][15][62][63][64][65][66][67] Filming has also taken place in Tenerife,[68] Gloucester,[69] and Merthyr Mawr.[30] Filming concluded by 19 November 2019.[70] In April 2020, Chibnall confirmed that post-production was continuing on "Revolution of the Daleks" remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.[71]

Production blocks were arranged as follows:[72][21][73][31][33][5]

Block Episode(s) Director Writer(s) Producer
X "Resolution" Wayne Yip Chris Chibnall Nikki Wilson
1 "Spyfall, Part 1" Jamie Magnus Stone Chris Chibnall Nikki Wilson
"Praxeus" Pete McTighe and Chris Chibnall
2 "Spyfall, Part 2" Lee Haven Jones Chris Chibnall Alex Mercer
"Orphan 55" Ed Hime
3 "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror" Nida Manzoor Nina Metivier Nikki Wilson
"Fugitive of the Judoon" Vinay Patel and Chris Chibnall
4 "Can You Hear Me?" Emma Sullivan Charlene James and Chris Chibnall Alex Mercer
"The Haunting of Villa Diodati" Maxine Alderton
5 "Ascension of the Cybermen" Jamie Magnus Stone Chris Chibnall Nikki Wilson
"The Timeless Children"
X "Revolution of the Daleks" Lee Haven Jones Chris Chibnall Alex Mercer

Design and effects [ edit ]

The twelfth series introduced changes to the design of the TARDIS, with a modified column above the time rotor, the pathway from the TARDIS's doors, stairs, and modifications to the central console. These changes were introduced by production designer Dafydd Shurmer.[74][75] Multiple episodes feature cold openings, which had been consistently used between the first and tenth series but were entirely absent in the eleventh.[76]

Music [ edit ]

Segun Akinola returned to compose for the twelfth series.[77][78]

Release [ edit ]

Broadcast [ edit ]

The BBC confirmed after the eleventh series's finale that the twelfth series would premiere in "very early" 2020.[10][11][79] BBC confirmed on 2 December 2019 that the series was set to premiere on 1 January 2020,[80] and aired through to 1 March 2020.[81][33] The twelfth series was broadcast on Sundays, bar the premiere episode, continuing on from the format of the eleventh series, after regular episodes of the revived era had previously been broadcast on Saturdays.[80] The series will be followed by a special episode in the festive season, "Revolution of the Daleks".[51]

The "Spyfall" two-part episode was released in cinemas in the United States on 5 January 2020.[82]

Promotion [ edit ]

The first poster for the twelfth series was released on 21 November 2019.[83] The first trailer for the series was released on 23 November 2019, coinciding with the programme's fifty-sixth anniversary.[84][85] A second trailer was released on 2 December 2019 alongside news of the series's premiere date.[80] Forbidden Planet are releasing shirts weekly with themes that correspond to each week's broadcast episode of Series 12.[86] Two new trailers were released mid-series on 20 January and 7 February 2020.[87][88]

Home media [ edit ]

The twelfth series was released on 4 May 2020 in Region 2, and included the 2019 special "Resolution" in the boxset.[89]

Series Episode name Number and duration

of episodes
R2/B release date R4/B release date R1/A release date
12 Doctor Who: "Resolution" 1 × 60 min. 18 February 2019

(D,B) [90]
6 March 2019

(D,B) [91]
19 February 2019

(D,B) [92]
Doctor Who: The Complete Twelfth Series

(includes "Resolution" in the Regions 2 & 4)
7 × 50 min.

3 × 60 min.

1 × 65 min.
4 May 2020

(D,B) [93]
3 June 2020

(D,B) [94]
9 June 2020

(D,B) [95]
Doctor Who: "Revolution of the Daleks" 1 x 60 min. TBA

(D,B) [96]

Reception [ edit ]

Ratings [ edit ]

The series gained the lowest ratings since the revival of the show in 2005, containing six of the show's ten least-watched episodes.[97]

No. Title Air date Overnight ratings Consolidated ratings Total




AI Ref(s)

Rank Viewers

"Resolution" 1 January 2019 5.15 4 1.98 14 7.126[a] 7.361[b] 80 [3] [98] [99]
1 "Spyfall, Part 1" 1 January 2020 4.88 2 2.01 8 6.886[c] 7.396[d] 82 [3] [98] [100]
2 "Spyfall, Part 2" 5 January 2020 4.60 5 1.47 16 6.072[e] 6.694[f] 82 [3] [98] [101]
3 "Orphan 55" 12 January 2020 4.19 5 1.19 25 5.376[g] 5.889[h] 77 [3] [98] [102]
4 "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror" 19 January 2020 4.04 6 1.16 28 5.201[i] 5.795[j] 79 [3] [98] [103]
5 "Fugitive of the Judoon" 26 January 2020 4.21 6 1.36 23 5.573[k] 6.114[l] 83 [3] [98] [104]
6 "Praxeus" 2 February 2020 3.97 4 1.25 28 5.223[m] 5.677[n] 78 [3] [98] [105]
7 "Can You Hear Me?" 9 February 2020 3.81 7 1.09 35 4.895[o] 5.412[p] 78 [3] [106] [107]
8 "The Haunting of Villa Diodati" 16 February 2020 3.86 7 1.21 31 5.073[q] 5.565[r] 80 [3] [98] [108]
9 "Ascension of the Cybermen" 23 February 2020 3.71 8 1.28 25 4.987[s] 5.551[t] 81 [3] [98] [109]
10 "The Timeless Children" 1 March 2020 3.78 7 0.91 30 4.694[u] 5.173[v] 82 [3] [98] [110]

Critical reception [ edit ]

Doctor Who's twelfth series received positive reviews from critics. Series 12 holds a 78% approval rating on online review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 6.56/10, based on 7 critic reviews. The site's consensus reads "Doctor Who's twelfth outing adds welcome nuances to Jodie Whittaker's Doctor and some scary new layers of horror to some of the series' most terrifying villains."[111] Metacritic calculated a weighted average score of 80 out of 100 from 4 reviews of the series premiere, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[112]

Doctor Who (series 12): Critical reception by episode

Soundtrack [ edit ]

48 selected pieces of score from this series as composed by Segun Akinola were released in a 2-CD set on 3 April 2020 by Silva Screen Records.[113]

Notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ Special episode, total viewers: 6.955m on TV, 73k on PC, 54k on Tablet, 44k on Smartphone
  2. ^ Special episode, total viewers: 7.154m on TV, 90k on PC, 63k on Tablet, 53k on Smartphone
  3. ^ Episode 1, total viewers: 6.699m on TV, 101k on PC, 49k on Tablet, 37k on Smartphone
  4. ^ Episode 1, 28-day viewers: 7.161m on TV, 124k on PC, 61k on Tablet, 49k on Smartphone
  5. ^ Episode 2, total viewers: 5.909m on TV, 84k on PC, 45k on Tablet, 34k on Smartphone
  6. ^ Episode 2, 28-day viewers: 6.480m on TV, 108k on PC, 58k on Tablet, 47k on Smartphone
  7. ^ Episode 3, total viewers: 5.246m on TV, 64k on PC, 37k on Tablet, 29k on Smartphone
  8. ^ Episode 3, 28-day viewers: 5.706m on TV, 90k on PC, 50k on Tablet, 43k on Smartphone
  9. ^ Episode 4, total viewers: 5.071m on TV, 63k on PC, 37k on Tablet, 30k on Smartphone
  10. ^ Episode 4, 28-day viewers: 5.619m on TV, 84k on PC, 49k on Tablet, 43k on Smartphone
  11. ^ Episode 5, total viewers: 5.419m on TV, 73k on PC, 43k on Tablet, 37k on Smartphone
  12. ^ Episode 5, 28-day viewers: 5.921m on TV, 91k on PC, 54k on Tablet, 49k on Smartphone
  13. ^ Episode 6, total viewers: 5.092m on TV, 63k on PC, 38k on Tablet, 30k on Smartphone
  14. ^ Episode 6, 28-day viewers: 5.509m on TV, 80k on PC, 47k on Tablet, 40k on Smartphone
  15. ^ Episode 7, total viewers: 4.771m on TV, 58k on PC, 35k on Tablet, 29k on Smartphone
  16. ^ Episode 7, 28-day viewers: 5.250m on TV, 76k on PC, 46k on Tablet, 40k on Smartphone
  17. ^ Episode 8, total viewers: 4.945m on TV, 61k on PC, 36k on Tablet, 31k on Smartphone
  18. ^ Episode 8, 28-day viewers: 5.398m on TV, 79k on PC, 46k on Tablet, 41k on Smartphone
  19. ^ Episode 9, total viewers: 4.847m on TV, 68k on PC, 38k on Tablet, 33k on Smartphone
  20. ^ Episode 9, 28-day viewers: 5.374m on TV, 85k on PC, 48k on Tablet, 44k on Smartphone
  21. ^ Episode 10, total viewers: 4.550m on TV, 70k on PC, 39k on Tablet, 34k on Smartphone
  22. ^ Episode 10, 28-day viewers: 4.999m on TV, 83k on PC, 47k on Tablet, 43k on Smartphone

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ a b Fullerton, Huw (30 November 2019). "Doctor Who to bring back multi-part episodes for new series". Radio Times. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  2. ^ Nolan, Peter (2 December 2019). "Doctor Who will return in… "Spyfall"". Blogtor Who. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Ratings Guide". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. ^ Morgan Jeffery (9 February 2020). "Doctor Who: Who are the Eternals, the Guardians and the Toymaker?". Radio Times. Retrieved 2 April 2020.
  5. ^ a b c Fullerton, Huw (1 March 2020). "Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker to return for festive episode Revolution of the Daleks". Radio Times. Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Doctor Who Series 12: news on a special". CultBox. 9 October 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  7. ^ Lanford, Andrea (20 March 2020). "Doctor Who special ends in cliffhanger". CultBox. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  8. ^ a b c Royce, Jordan (17 November 2018). "DOCTOR WHO: BBC Confirm Series 12 to Broadcast in 2019". Starburst Magazine. Starburst Publishing Limited. Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  9. ^ Jeffrey, Morgan (7 December 2018). "Jodie Whittaker confirms she'll be back for Doctor Who series 12". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  10. ^ a b "Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker won't return for a new series until 2020". BBC. 9 December 2018. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  11. ^ a b Fullerton, Huw (9 December 2018). "Doctor Who series 12 WILL be delayed to 2020". Radio Times. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  12. ^ "Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry CBE to appear in series 12!". BBC. 20 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: Episode 1 casting news". CultBox. 13 September 2019.
  14. ^ "Doctor Who sees the shock return of a classic foe in opening episode". BBC. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Doctor Who Series 12: Block 2 actress discovered". CultBox. 19 June 2019.
  16. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: Episode 2 features French Resistance heroine". CultBox. 20 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: James Buckley to star in Block 2 episode". CultBox. 27 June 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  18. ^ "Anjli Mohindra and Laura Fraser to guest star in Series 12!". BBC. 13 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  19. ^ "Series 12 - Episode 3 Orphan 55". Radio Times. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  20. ^ a b Laford, Andrea (10 June 2019). "Doctor Who Series 12: new director, actor, character discovered". Cultbox.
  21. ^ a b c d e f g Laford, Andrea (9 January 2020). "Doctor Who Series 12: new episode titles, writers and descriptions". Cult Box. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  22. ^ "Goran Višnjić and Robert Glenister to appear in series 12!". BBC. 22 November 2019.
  23. ^ "Doctor Who series 12 confirms who will play Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla". Digital Spy. 7 December 2019.
  24. ^ "Exclusive: John Barrowman on his shock Doctor Who TV return – "It's about time"". Radio Times. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  25. ^ "Doctor Who films scenes in Gloucester". BBC News.
  26. ^ "The Judoon return in Series 12". DWTV. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  27. ^ a b Laford, Andrea (20 March 2019). "Doctor Who Series 12: Block 1 actress discovered". Cultbox. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  28. ^ Laford, Andrea (10 January 2020). "Warren Brown and Matthew McNulty to guest star in Doctor Who, Praxeus". CultBox. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  29. ^ "Doctor Who recap: series 38, episode seven – Can You Hear Me?". The Guardian. 9 February 2020. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  30. ^ a b "Doctor Who Series 12: Maxim Baldry to star in historical episode". CultBox. 3 July 2019. Retrieved 3 July 2019.
  31. ^ a b c "Doctor Who Series 12 Episode 8". BBC. 5 February 2020. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  32. ^ "Jacob Collins-Levy".
  33. ^ a b c Laford, Andrew (6 February 2020). "Doctor Who Magazine reveals titles of two-part series finale". Cultbox. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  34. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: Ian McElhinney and Steve Toussaint to star in Doctor Who". CultBox. 6 February 2020. Retrieved 8 February 2020.
  35. ^ "Doctor Who 'to remain on-screen until at least 2020'". BBC. 7 April 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  36. ^ Fullerton, Huw (3 June 2017). "The BBC is already preparing for at least FIVE more series of Doctor Who". RadioTimes. Immediate Media Company. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  37. ^ "Doctor Who Gets Brand Boost in China" (Press release). BBC. 25 May 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  38. ^ Nolan, Peter (24 January 2019). "Doctor Who Series 12: Team TARDIS Back in Action!". Blogtor Who. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  39. ^ Jones, Paul (26 December 2018). "Classic villain to return for Doctor Who New Year special". RadioTimes. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  40. ^ "Ed Hime". United Agents. Archived from the original on 10 December 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  41. ^ "Berlin Associates » Nina Metivier".
  42. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: writers announced". CultBox. 13 November 2019. Retrieved 13 November 2019.
  43. ^ Fullerton, Huw (19 July 2018). "Jodie Whittaker WILL get a Doctor Who Christmas special after all". RadioTimes. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  44. ^ Dee, Christel (14 November 2018). "Doctor Who festive special to air on New Year's Day". Doctor Who TV. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  45. ^ Hearn, Marcus (January 2019). "Resolution: Episode Preview". Doctor Who Magazine (533): 18.
  46. ^ Bone, Christian (12 November 2018). "Doctor Who Season 12 Has Already Begun Pre-Production". Retrieved 17 November 2018.
  47. ^ "CV". Darryl Hammer. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 14 February 2019.
  48. ^ Laford, Andrea (22 November 2019). "Goran Višnjić and Robert Glenister to appear in Doctor Who series 12 episode". Cultbox. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  49. ^ "Guy Murray-Brown". Gems Agency. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  50. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: new directors discovered". CultBox. 20 May 2019.
  51. ^ a b Fullerton, Huw (22 November 2019). "Doctor Who will have a festive special… but not until later next year, says series boss". RadioTimes. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  52. ^ Harp, Justin (24 January 2019). "Doctor Who kicks off series 12 filming with first-look at Jodie Whittaker and cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  53. ^ 24 January 2019 (24 January 2019). "Doctor Who series 12 has officially started filming". RadioTimes. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  54. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: Jodie Whittaker and companion actors headed abroad". CultBox. 20 January 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  55. ^ "Doctor Who filming wraps in South Africa". CultBox. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  56. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: Tosin Cole posts playful video from South Africa location filming". CultBox. 19 July 2019.
  57. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: new photos of Jodie Whittaker and the TARDIS in South Africa". CultBox. 26 July 2019.
  58. ^ "Doctor Who filming in Cardiff". CultBox. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  59. ^ "Doctor Who filming at Swansea Guildhall, Wales". CultBox. 19 February 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  60. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: back to "Sheffield"". CultBox. 11 March 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  61. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: Jodie Whittaker confronts the Judoon in Cardiff". CultBox. 30 May 2019. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  62. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: companion actors filming in Cardiff". CultBox. 3 October 2019.
  63. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: more filming with the companion actors in Cardiff". CultBox. 11 October 2019.
  64. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: filming with new Dalek design in Bristol". CultBox. 23 October 2019.
  65. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: Mandip Gill filming in Cardiff". CultBox. 23 July 2019.
  66. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: filming with aliens in Cardiff". CultBox. 6 August 2019.
  67. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: filming at Nash Point". CultBox. 21 August 2019.
  68. ^ "Doctor Who filming in Tenerife". CultBox. 6 April 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  69. ^ "Doctor Who: Judoon to return as Gloucester hosts filming". BBC. 21 May 2019. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  70. ^ Laford, Andrea (19 November 2019). "Doctor Who Series 12: glimpses of filming from new video release". Cultbox. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  71. ^ Cremona, Patrick (30 April 2020). "Doctor Who boss gives an update on Christmas special and series 13 filming". RadioTimes. Retrieved 1 May 2020.
  72. ^ "Spyfall – Part One & Two Official Synopses, Pics". Doctor Who TV. 27 December 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  73. ^ "BBC Doctor Who Episode 7". BBC. 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  74. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12: new TARDIS images emerge". CultBox. 15 December 2019. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  75. ^ "Doctor Who's TARDIS: an exclusive guide to the new changes". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  76. ^ "Doctor Who to bring back the iconic "cold open" for Jodie Whittaker's second series". Radio Times. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  77. ^ "Doctor Who Series 12 begins New Year's Day 2020". Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  78. ^ Nolan, Peter (9 May 2019). "LISTEN: Doctor Who composer Segun Akinola on This Classical Life". Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  79. ^ Jeffrey, Morgan (31 December 2018). "Doctor Who series 12 will air on BBC One in "very early" 2020". DigitalSpy. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  80. ^ a b c "Doctor Who lands on Who Year's Day in Spyfall". BBC. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  81. ^ "Doctor Who To Return in 12th Season in New Year's Day Premiere". Comic Years. 2 December 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2019.
  82. ^ Joest, Mick (2 December 2019). "Doctor Who Season 12 Premiere Date Reveal Makes The Wait Less Agonizing". CinemaBlend. Retrieved 2 December 2019.
  83. ^ "Space. For all. Coming soon". Facebook. 21 November 2019. Retrieved 22 November 2019.
  84. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (22 November 2019). "Doctor Who series 12 trailer is confirmed for Saturday, 23rd November – watch first-look teaser". RadioTimes. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  85. ^ Mirko Parlevliet, Mirko (23 November 2019). "Make Space for the Doctor Who Series 12 Trailer and Art!". Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  86. ^ Marcus (30 December 2019). "Doctor Who Series 12 T-Shirts". DoctorWhoNews. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  87. ^ Fullerton, Huw (20 January 2020). "Darkness, despair and deadly monsters in brand-new Doctor Who trailer". Radio Times. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
  88. ^ Fullerton, Huw (7 February 2020). "Darkness, despair and deadly monsters in brand-new Doctor Who". Radio Times. Retrieved 7 February 2020.
  89. ^ "Doctor Who - Complete Series 12 [Blu-ray] [2020]". Retrieved 7 March 2020 – via Amazon.
  90. ^ "Doctor Who Resolution (2019 Special)". Retrieved 17 December 2018 – via Amazon.
  91. ^ "Doctor Who: Resolution (DVD)". Retrieved 3 February 2019 – via Sanity.
  92. ^ "Doctor Who: Christmas Special 2018 (DVD)". Retrieved 13 December 2018 – via Amazon.
  93. ^ "Doctor Who - Complete Series 12 [Blu-ray] [2020]". Retrieved 18 December 2019 – via Amazon.
  94. ^ "Doctor Who - Series 12". Sanity. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
  95. ^ "Doctor Who: Series 12". Retrieved 6 February 2020 – via BBC.
  96. ^ "Doctor Who Revolution of the Daleks (2020/2021 Special)". Retrieved 11 September 2020 – via Amazon.
  97. ^
  98. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Four-screen dashboard". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board.
  99. ^ Marcus (2 January 2019). "Resolution - Overnight Viewing Figures". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  100. ^ Marcus (2 January 2020). "Spyfall - Overnight Viewing Figures". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 2 January 2020.
  101. ^ Marcus (6 January 2020). "Spyfall - Part Two - Overnight Viewing Figures". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 6 January 2020.
  102. ^ Marcus (13 January 2020). "Orphan 55 - Overnight Viewing Figures". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  103. ^ Marcus (20 January 2020). "Nikola Tesla's Night of Terror - Overnight Viewing Figures". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  104. ^ Marcus (27 January 2020). "Fugitive of the Judoon - Overnight Viewing Figures". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 27 January 2020.
  105. ^ Marcus (3 February 2020). "Praxeus - Overnight Viewing Figures". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 3 February 2020.
  106. ^ Marcus (17 February 2020). "Can You Hear Me? - Official Ratings". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  107. ^ Marcus (10 February 2020). "Can You Hear Me? - Overnight Viewing Figures". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  108. ^ Marcus (17 February 2020). "The Haunting of Villa Diodati - Overnight Viewing Figures". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 17 February 2020.
  109. ^ Marcus (24 February 2020). "Ascension of the Cybermen - Overnight Viewing Figures". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  110. ^ Marcus (2 March 2020). "The Timeless Children - Overnight Viewing Figures". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  111. ^ a b "Doctor Who: Season 12". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  112. ^ "Doctor Who - Season 12 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 February 2020.
  113. ^ Foster, Chris (5 March 2020). "Doctor Who Series 12 - Official Soundtrack". Doctor Who News. Retrieved 5 March 2020.
What is this?