"Doctor Who" Series 12: Chris Chibnall Talks Cybermen, Calls 2-Part Finale "Most Epic Space Opera Stories We've Done"

Once Doctor Who Series 12 brought the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her companions Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Graham (Bradley Walsh) back to BBC One and BBC America screens to kick off our new year, it wasted no time throwing our heroes into a grand adventure filled with spies, intrigue, world domination, and… The Master (Sacha Dhawan)!

Chris Chibnall knows how to create a season-long, overarching mystery – because that reveal between the two adversaries over the fate of their home planet was just the tip of the iceberg. You would think the return of Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) would be more than enough to elevate the season's status – but why rest there? Not when you can introduce another Doctor in the form of Jo Martin, who appears to pre-date Whittaker's.

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As we head into seventh episode "Can You Hear Me?", you'd think that would be more than enough for Chibnall to play with for the remainder of the season – but yesterday, we showed he still has some tricks in store for eighth episode "The Haunting of Villa Diodati". But his "loose lips" with the Radio Times didn't end there, with Chibnall also teasing what viewers can expect from the Series 12 two-part finale:

● The two-part season finale will be "the most epic space opera stories we've done" and will feature much more than just a "lone Cyberman", with Shetland star Julie Graham guest-starring as an "all-action hero". Chibnall compared the closer to the Series 12 opener, in fact:

"It's as epic and emotional as the opening two-parter. I know it takes place across a big distance from space, there's fantastic spaceships, there's Cybermen."

● So is it safe to assume that Captain Jack Harkness' (John Barrowman) "The Lone Cyberman" is coming to pass? That we're about to see the rebirth of Cyber-Empire? Looks like it…

"It might start with one Cyberman, but you'll see a lot. It's a big, big, Cyberman story, that last two-parter. There are a lot of Cybermen coming in this series."

"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 her friends. As Graham, Yaz and Ryan return home to see friends and family, they find themselves haunted by very different experiences. Who is the figure calling from beyond the stars for help, and why? And what are the fearsome Chagaskas terrorising Aleppo in 1380? To find the answers, Team Tardis embark on a mission that forces them to face their darkest fears.

Even as we move past the halfway mark for Series 12, Whittaker is making one thing crystal clear: her Doctor's not going anywhere anytime soon. Speaking with EW, Whittaker confirmed that she is returning for Series 13:

"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!"

And to those who've been throwing shade at the show since Whittaker and Team TARDIS forst debuted, please know that Whittaker's proud of the work they've done and are doing… sooo… yeah…

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."

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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