The 12th season of ‘Doctor Who’ isn’t expected to arrive until next year, but the BBC has teased that some news is coming on November 23. Even so, before that, it has been announced that three new writers and four new directors contributed to the new installments.
Nina Metivier, Maxine Alderton, and Charlene James join the writing team, which also includes Season 11 returnees Vinay Patel (“Demons of The Punjab”), Ed Hime (“It Takes You Away”), and Pete McTighe (“Kerblam!”). Meanwhile, new directors are Nida Manzoor, Emma Sullivan, Jamie Magnus Stone, and Lee Haven Jones.
In a statement, showrunner Chris Chibnall said:
“We’re thrilled that Doctor Who continues to attract some of the most exciting and dynamic talent working in television. Along with our returning faces, we’re excited to welcome new members to the Doctor Who family. The Doctor Who team is crammed with British television’s brightest writers and directors: we’ve adored working with them, and can’t wait to show you the explosive stuff they’ve created!”
Season 11 was only the second time since Season 7 that each episode of ‘Doctor Who’ was a stand-alone story, without overreaching arcs. “Demons of the Punjab” and “Rosa” were nominated for Hugo Awards for Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form). It was also the first time that a New Year’s special was televised instead of the traditional Christmas Special.
The Mirror reports that an insider has divulged:
“This new run is much scarier than Jodie’s first year and will definitely put the frighteners on fans. Things are about to get darker for the Doctor.”
Metivier previously wrote for ‘Dixi’ and ‘The A List’, while Alderton is a vet of ‘The Worst Witch’ and ‘Emmerdale’. James wrote for ‘A Discovery of Witches‘ among others. Manzoor helmed episodes of ‘Enterprise’ and the short ‘Lady Parts’. Sullivan has directed episodes of ‘4 O’Clock Club’, ‘Call the Midwife’, and ‘Silent Witness’. Jones has directed numerous shows, most recently ‘The Bay’, ‘Shetland’, and ‘Vera’. It is known that he directed two episodes of the upcoming seasons. Stone appears to have some past experience also. He is listed as having directed the 2013 episode ‘Clara and the TARDIS’, but he was uncredited. He is said to have directed five episodes of the upcoming season.
There will be ten episodes in all for Season 12 when it arrives.