BBC announces Jodie Whittaker to return as ‘Doctor Who’ in 2020

The first female Doctor was a smashing success.

After a huge spike in female viewership, BBC announced Jodie Whittaker and showrunner Chris Chibnall would be back on “Doctor Who” for another season.

Unfortunately, fans will have to wait until 2020 for new episodes of the hit series.

The final episode of Season 11 aired Sunday on BBC and will return for a New Year’s special, titled “Resolution,” airing Jan. 1, 2019 at 8 p.m.

Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole, who star as the Doctor’s friends, will also be back for Season 12.

Earlier this year, Whittaker said it was “liberating” to be the first female to take on the role of the Doctor.

“I have never approached a role thinking as how would a woman play this role because I just am one and I don’t know if a guy has ever gone, ‘How would a guy do this scene?’” she said during a press conference at San Diego Comic-Con.

After BBC announced their casting decision, they responded to criticism of a female Doctor, saying, “Since the first Doctor regenerated back in 1966, the concept of the Doctor as a constantly evolving being has been central to the programme. The continual input of fresh ideas and new voices across the cast and the writing and production teams has been key to the longevity of the series. The Doctor is an alien from the planet Gallifrey and it has been established in the show that Time Lords can switch gender.”

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