Fans of Doctor Who might still be rubbing their eyes in disbelief – but we've actually reached the two-part finale of Series 12, "Ascension of the Cybermen" (followed by extended 65-minute wrap-up "The Timeless Children"). Written by series showrunner Chris Chibnall, directed by Jamie Magnus Stone (X Company), the episode is expected to feature several generations of Cybermen designs – with the Radio Times reporting that this will lead in some way to Lone Cyberman Ashad (Patrick O'Kane) and his "crew" created the next-gen edition of the silver "big bads".
"Doctor Who" series 12, episode 9 "Ascension of the Cybermen": The Doctor and her friends must protect the last of the human race against the Cybermen.
With Series 12 close to wrapping up its run, there's buzz that Series 13 will begin filming this fall (with the possible return of a "holiday special", too) with Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker returning:
"Yes, I'm doing another season. That might be a massive exclusive that I'm not supposed to say, but it's unhelpful for me to say [I don't know] because it would be a massive lie! [Laughs] I absolutely adore it. At some point, these shoes are going to be handed on, but it's not yet. I'm clinging on tight!"
– Jodie Whittaker
There is still no word on if Bradley Walsh (Graham), Mandip Gill (Yaz), and Tosin Cole (Ryan) will be returning to the long-running series.
One last thing for those who've been throwing shade at the show since Whittaker and "Team TARDIS" first debuted- you should know that Whittaker's proud of the work they've done and are doing.
But she loves fan artwork…
"I've seen loads of fan art, which I always love. But it's never been that great for me to immerse myself in noise that you can't control, good or bad. I think both are a rabbit hole that you shouldn't necessarily go down. We know that we work really hard for the show to be the best it can be in this moment. Once it's out in the ether, how people feel, in a way, is kind of irrelevant."