It just keeps getting worse and worse for fans of Doctor Who. Though season 11 was pretty enjoyable overall, it ended on a rather underwhelming note with tonight’s finale. And to add insult to injury, the BBC also revealed today that season 12 has been delayed.
Yes, though we’d heard rumors that the next run might be arriving a little late, we finally received confirmation today that Jodie Whittaker and her TARDIS team will be off the air following the New Year’s special until 2020. There’s no word yet on when in 2020 the next season will premiere, but fans are understandably pretty upset that there’ll be no new Who in 2019 – aside from the aforementioned special.
Taking to Twitter, they’ve begun to share their reactions and you can see just a sampling of what folks are saying down below:
— Ross Jardine. (@JardineRoss) December 9, 2018
Honestly BBC, just take the show off the air completely until the 60th and bring it back with someone in charge who gives enough shits to be able to produce a decent series once a year. #DoctorWho
— Dan Donnan (@dandonnan) December 9, 2018
Wow, no #DoctorWho for the whole year of 2019 ? This sucks!
— STORM-MOTION (@Storm_Motion) December 9, 2018
I think Chibnall and the BBC are making a big mistake in delaying Series 12 until 2020, especially after how successful Series 11 has been ratings wise. They should be capitalizing on it’s success and I can see many people dipping out because of the hiatus. #DoctorWho
— Elliot Taylor (@Elliot98Taylor) December 9, 2018
— OoohThings! (@CuriosityRocks) December 9, 2018
The new series not being screened until 2020 is a disgrace and won’t do the programme any good. #doctorwho
— Nick foxall (@Reddevilfox) December 9, 2018
WHAT??? WHAT??? WHAT??? We have to wait AGAIN… and we only got 10 eps… mmm, do you not want the good Doctor to survive???!! #DoctorWho
— Vicky (@Vicky68water) December 9, 2018
So, from 2017-2019 inclusive, 13 whole episodes of #DoctorWho. *sigh*
— Alastair Horne (@pressfuturist) December 9, 2018
— Janine Balekdjian (@jsbalek) December 9, 2018
Having a gap year this early in Jodie's era is an absolute foolish thing to do tbh. Bad move, BBC #DoctorWho
— ☃️ Shawn ? Lunn ❄️?? (@shawnlunn2002) December 9, 2018
— Chase March (@chasemarch) December 9, 2018
— Chris (@illucifer) December 9, 2018
Again, these reactions are perfectly understandable, especially given the disappointing finale, but at the same time, it’s probably better to give showrunner Chris Chibnall and his team the time they need to put together a new season rather than have them just rush one out in order to meet a pre-determined date. At least, that’s how the BBC probably feels, but it’s not likely to ease the frustrations of viewers.
In any case, at least we have the New Year’s special to look forward to, which might just feature the return of the Daleks if the trailer for it is anything to go by. True, Chibnall has already told us not to expect any classic monsters this year, but it’d certainly be a nice surprise for Doctor Who fans to see them make an appearance on January 1st, and would also help ease the blow caused by the news of the delay.