We're not at the end of the first month of 2019, and the BBC is already feeding Doctor Who fans some good news about the 13th Doctor's (Jodie Whittaker) upcoming 2020 Series 12: it's started production, folks!
In a post on the show's official Instagram account, the message, "#DoctorWho is back in production" was accompanied by a photo of Whittaker with TARDIS companions Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole – clearly on set and on location:
"We're off again! Well we never actually stopped – as Jodie Whittaker's Doctor and friends have been winning the hearts of families across the nation this autumn, we've been busy with a whole new set of action packed adventures for the Thirteenth Doctor. We adore making this show and have been blown away by the response from audiences, so we can't wait to bring more scares, more monsters and more Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole to BBC One. Brilliant!"
– Chris Chibnall, Showrunner
Even with a year still to go before any "New Who," Chibnall offered some insight into what fans can expect:
● On the possibility of more "Classic Who" villains: "Well, maybe we'll do some [classic monsters], then. I'll have a think."
● If there will be a larger focus on Yaz's (Gill) backstory:
"That's a really good question. I think that some of these questions may be answered in the forthcoming season. I think that's the first teaser of the series! Really good question!"
● On how Doctor Who has always addressed "real world" issues – and will continue doing so:
"I think you want to be writing about the world that we live in – the show is not a standalone thing, it's a response to the times that we're living in, the world that we're in, and things that affect people's lives, particularly things that children and young adults are going through."