Doctor Who fans face a lean 2019 once the credits have rolled on the Jodie Whittaker-starring New Year's Day Special, as the sci-fi show's 12th season will not air until 2020.

With season 11 ending on BBC One on Sunday, it has been confirmed that Whittaker and her co-stars Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gil and Tosin Cole will all reprise their roles in 2020. 

Doctor Who showrunner and chief writer Chris Chibnall said work was already underway on series 12. 

"We're off again! Well we never actually stopped," said the Broadchurch creator, teasing "a whole new set of action-packed adventures" for Whittaker as the 13th 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!" he added.

The opening episode of the new season with Whittaker at the helm as the show's first female Doctor drew the series' biggest launch viewing figures in a decade.

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