Now we know that in the Doctor Who universe, "early 2020" means New Year's Day as the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her companions Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Graham (Bradley Walsh) materialized back on to BBC One and BBC America screens to kick off our new year with the first of the two-part series-opener Spyfall.
Written by showrunner and head writer Chris Chibnall, the second-half of the premiere will air on Sunday, January 5 – though with how the first episode ended, we're understandably a little impatient (…and still shocked – you can check out our thoughts on the opener here).
Sacha Dhawan as The Master was definitely not the twist we were expecting – especially with that warning to the Doctor that everything she knows is a lie. Thankfully, we only have to wait a few days and not a week to get answers to some of the questions that came flying out of the series-opener – but until then, take a look back at the big reveal as well as at a personal, heartfelt post from Dhawan about joining the Who-niverse and a brief look back at the history of the Dcotor's arch-nemesis:
Thankfully, we only have to wait a few days and not a week to get answers to some of the questions that came flying out of the series-opener – and we have the BBC releasing a teaser of what viewers can expect…
"Doctor Who" Series 12, Episode 2 "Spyfall: Part Two": Action-adventure for all the family, starring Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole andMandip Gill. In part two of this epic spy thriller, a terrifying plan to destroy humanity is about to reach fruition. Can The Doctor and her friends escape multiple traps and defeat a deadly alliance? Written by Chris Chibnall, and directed by Lee Haven Jones.
Prior to the show's 2020 return, Doctor Who fans learned that Stephen Fry, Sir Lenny Henry CBE, Goran Višnjić, Robert Glenister, Anjli Mohindra, Laura Fraser and James Buckley would be joining Jodie Whittaker's 13th Doctor during Series 12, and received a new teaser with tagline ("Space. For Everyone."). In addition, the network released an official trailer, a release date trailer, a "Spyfall" first-look scene, an interview with the cast, a premiere preview, and a friendly reminder of just "Who's" back (all below) – as well as a sneak preview of the TARDIS's new design, new key art and episode images, and new profile images of "Team TARDIS".
"Doctor Who" Series 12, Episode 1 "Spyfall": Intelligence agents around the world are under attack from alien forces. MI6 turns to the only people who can help: The Doctor and friends. As they travel the globe for answers, attacks come from all sides. Earth's security rests on the team's shoulders, but where will this planet-threatening conspiracy lead them?
Speaking with RadioTimes recently, Chibnall explained that the goal of this season is to give both new and long-time Doctor Who fans a better appreciation of the scope of the Doctor's universe:
"Last year was a recruiting year for the show, and I think we managed to recruit some people for the show. That's exciting. And obviously we kept the existing audience and built on that. I think this year we're developing that, so for all the people who are new to Doctor Who we're going to go 'Look at the amazing world of Doctor Who, look at all the treats that are in there.'
So we're building on last year. There are lots of new faces, a few old faces. There are some things trickling through which might be important. It's different! I think you always need to take new, big risks from a storytelling point of view.
Doctor Who has to exist in the modern television landscape. There is so much drama, there are so many shows. We have to continually find new reasons to be existing. But also there's loads of things the show hasn't done before. I think you saw last year that we took a lot of risks, and I think that they paid off, and I think that we'll continue to take some big risks this year.
But you can do that and also give people all the stuff they love about Doctor Who as well. You balance the two.
Risk is built into Doctor Who, from day one in 1963. No question of that."