Doctor Who series 12 release date, trailer, cast, writers, episodes, plot

The twelfth series of Doctor Who is now behind us. Look back on it all below...

Series 12 of Doctor Who, and the second starring the brilliant Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor, has now concluded. It left us with a two-part finale on a massive scale that gave us some mind-bending, canon-twisting revelations about the Doctor, the Time Lords and the true history of Gallifrey. With major spoilers, read our ending explainer here.

Next up for the series is festive special ‘Revolution of the Daleks‘, an extended-length adventure due to arrive on the BBC around Christmas 2020 and New Year 2021.

Doctor Who series 12 episode reviews

Catch up on our reviews of all 10 series 12 episodes below. 

Doctor Who series 12 episode 1: Spyfall Part 1

“When intelligence agents around the world come under attack from alien forces, MI6 turns to the only person who can help: The Doctor.”

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Read our review of Spyfall Part 1 here.

Doctor Who series 12 episode 2: Spyfall Part 2

“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?”

Read our review of Spyfall Part 2 here.

Doctor Who series 12 episode 3: Orphan 55

“Having decided that everyone could do with a holiday, the Doctor takes Graham, Yasmin and Ryan to a luxury resort for a spot of rest and relaxation. However, they discover the place where they are having a break is hiding a number of deadly secrets. What are the ferocious monsters that are attacking Tranquillity Spa?”

Read our review of Orphan 55 here.

Doctor Who series 12 episode 4: Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror

“The time: the earliest years of the 20th century. The place: New York City. Inventor Nikola Tesla is at war with his rival Thomas Edison. However, there’s an even greater threat in their midst.”

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Read our review of Nikola Tesla’s Night Of Terror here.

Doctor Who series 12 episode 5: Fugitive Of The Judoon

“Stomping their way into present-day Gloucester, the Judoon are on the hunt for someone on the run. Who is this fugitive? And why are these alien mercenaries after them?”

Read our review of Fugitive Of The Judoon here.

Doctor Who series 12 episode 6: Praxeus

“The Doctor and her friends split up to investigate multiple mysteries across planet Earth. What they find will threaten all of humanity.”

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Doctor Who series 12 episode 7: Can You Hear Me?

“From ancient Syria to present day Sheffield, and out into the wilds of space, something is stalking the Doctor and infecting people’s nightmares.”

Read our review of Can You Hear Me? here.

Doctor Who series 12 episode 8: The Haunting Of Villa Diodati

“Villa Diodati, 1816 – on a night that inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The plan was to spend the evening in the presence of literary greats – but the ghosts are all too real. And the Doctor is forced into an earth-shattering decision.”

Read our review of The Haunting Of Villa Diodati here.

Doctor Who series 12 episode 9: Ascension Of The Cybermen

“In the far future, the Doctor and her friends face a brutal battle across the farthest reaches of space to protect the last of the human race against the deadly Cybermen.”

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Doctor Who series 12 episode 10: The Timeless Children

“In the epic and emotional series finale, the Cybermen are on the march. As the last remaining humans are ruthlessly hunted down, Graham, Ryan and Yaz face a terrifying fight to survive.”

Read our review of The Timeless Children here. 

Doctor Who series 12 writers and directors – some familiar names

Series 12 welcomed a clutch of new writers, including Nina Metivier (The A List), Maxine Alderton (The Worst Witch) and Charlene James (A Discovery of Witches). Meanwhile, new directors include Nida Manzoor (Lady Parts), Emma Sullivan (Call The Midwife), Jamie Magnus Stone (The Last Dragon Slayer) and Lee Haven Jones (The Bay).

A handful of series 11 writers also returned – Vinay Patel (‘Demons of The Punjab’), Ed Hime (‘It Takes You Away’), and Pete McTighe (‘Kerblam!’) came back for another helping.

Doctor Who series 12 cast – the return of Lenny Henry and more

The series 12 guest cast welcomed Sir Lenny Henry and Stephen Fry, Sacha Dhawan,

Two big UK names appeared in the new series premiere ‘Spyfall’: Sir Lenny Henry and Stephen Fry, joined of course by Sacha Dhawan. Following them were ER’s Goran Višnjić, and Robert Glenister, who made his first appearance in Doctor Who back in 1984 story ‘The Caves Of Androzani’. James Buckley of The Inbetweeners fame was another new name welcomed to the guest cast, alongside Game On‘s Neil Stuke and Bodyguard‘s Anjli Mohindra. A very special guest star came in the form of Mr John Barrowman, who was there to deliver an urgent message to the Team TARDIS.

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Doctor Who series 12 release date

The show aired in the now-regular Sunday night slot on BBC One at 7.10pm. It’s available to stream on BBC iPlayer for the next 11 months.

Read more about new British TV coming soon here.