The good doctor winter finale

The Good Doctor recap: Season 3, Episode 10, “Friends and Family,” aired Dec. 2, 2019.

Well, it’s the winter finale of The Good Doctor. Hiatus season is the WORST. I’m sure this episode will come with a lot of tears, so maybe have some comfort food at the ready. Let’s dig in!

Any last words, Shaun?

Shaun agrees that if his dad wants to say anything before he dies, he’ll allow it. He also makes a request to have Glassman and Leah join him. Glassman and Leah don’t really see eye-to-eye, however. Glassman says this whole ordeal is going to be intense, but I have a feeling it’ll be intense for more than one reason.

Melendez runs into Claire at the gym, which is a new thing for her. Maybe I should join the gym…As they’re there, a guy at the gym has an accident, and thankfully, Melendez and Claire rush to his aid. At work, Morgan calls Claire out for sleeping around, and she says she’s not doing that anymore. Kind of cold, Morgan.

Pros on field and off field

Park tells Claire that she needs to find help or rely on people. Park really is the “dad” of the group, and I really like that. Morgan starts to explain their patient’s history and rise to fame during surgery, but Melendez is quick to tell her to zip it. Oh.

Upon seeing his mom, Shaun tells Glassman that he wants to leave. This is breaking my heart. The flashbacks to Shaun’s brother’s funeral really hit me with the feels. Here come the tears. Shaun ends up going to visit his parents that night after paying a visit to his brother’s grave.

His dad apologizes and admits that he failed, even saying he’s proud of him. Yeah, you really failed, dude. You’re actually the worst. He tells Shaun that he was a good kid, and I’m really proud of Shaun for doing this. He really rose above his childhood trauma. Shaun tells his dad that he’s not a good person, and that he doesn’t care that he’s dying.

Tequila and fun

Leah suggests they do something fun. Glassman tells Shaun he needs time to digest all of this, but Leah is still set on going to the lake. Seems like Shaun is liking Leah’s plan more than Glassman’s. Glassman is SO done with her, and honestly, same. Leah staying under water to freak Shaun out was so uncool.

The athlete tells the doctors that he chose them to complete his surgery because he thought they wouldn’t care about his fame status. Wow, he says he was finding ways for him to get hurt. I like that they’re showing another side of the rich and famous from this portrayal.

The next morning, the three sit down to a breakfast. It’s then that Shaun’s mom walks into the restaurant and asks to talk with him. Shaun asks her why she stayed with his father, and she says that she loved him. She says she doesn’t blame Shaun for hating them…and that they never could understand Shaun. This is ripping my heart apart. I can’t handle this. He lets her hug him this time.

In conclusion…

In the end, Shaun decides to speak to his dad. “I couldn’t make you happy.”Aw, Shaun. As he’s standing by his father’s bed, he tells him that he forgives him and doesn’t want to punish him. WHAT THE HELL! His dad tells him that his brother’s death was his fault, and his mom tells Shaun that he’s delirious. Oh gosh. Simply terrible. Glassman goes to Shaun later that night to tell him that his dad passed. He doesn’t want to stay for the funeral, though.

Claire encourages her patient to tell everyone that he wants to retire. It’s then that she starts to unpack everything that’s been weighing on her since her mother’s death. Wait, who is Claire meeting up with after changing her mind?! Oh, she’s seeking help. Good for her.

I’m glad Leah is there for Shaun during this difficult time. Someone please give Shaun a hug. And someone please recommend a happy show for me to watch! I’ve learned my lesson after this finale: wash your makeup off before watching or your makeup will be smeared all over your face from the tears.

Madeline’s musings

  • This episode is so sad, and why don’t I have any ice cream!?
  • Claire is blocking all the numbers from her hookups, and she ends up dunking her phone in her coffee. Girl.
  • The heart-to-heart Glassman had with Leah was so painful.
  • I felt cold just watching Leah jump into that cold lake.
  • I don’t know if Freddie Highmore and motels are the best pair…cough…Bates Motel.
  • Dang it, The Good Doctor, why do you have to make me cry?!
  • UMMM the tease for the winter premier?!

This was an emotionally raw episode. Now, let the hiatus from The Good Doctor commence. Thankfully, it’s only a few weeks, so we can do it! What did you think of the winter finale? Sound off below or tweet us!

Missed any episodes of The Good Doctor? Not to worry — we have recaps from the first half of season 3!

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‘The Good Doctor’ Season 3 Episode 10 Review: Freddie Highmore nails winter finale with ‘Emmy-worthy’ performance

Whether it’s a season finale or a midseason finale, when a show ends on a cliffhanger, it makes us think, analyze, and set our assumptions for the future episodes. But when actor steals all the attention with their acting, it leaves a deeper impact, and makes us look at the entire thing in a different light. That is exactly how we felt with Episode 10 of the hit medical drama, as it wrapped up for its winter break. And before you guess who we are referring to, it is none other than the star of the story, Shaun Murphy.

Freddie Highmore has owned the screen for two-and-a-half seasons now, but his performance in Season 3 Episode 10 was nothing short of phenomenal. We have spoken quite a lot about his ability to nail the character of Shaun Murphy, perfectly portraying an autistic doctor, as realistic as the symptoms can be. However, he has also grown and matured as an actor, in his character, and as an individual, over the course of his journey of Shaun. And he proved it on the point in the latest episode, especially in the last few scenes.

When Shaun goes to meet his dying father, Ethan (Michael Trucco), we know he is battling his emotions inside. Although, as a Savant, he cannot express what he feels in the way he feels, it manages to come out through his body language. That moment when he sees his father counting his final moments and he has nothing to say or regret, despite the miserable situations he has made his son go through, Freddie remains calm and does not have a meltdown. This is where Freddie takes it home with his poised, controlled, and refined portrayal. All he comes up with is this hard-hitting statement, “I couldn’t let you put me on your shoulders or let you hug me. I couldn’t make you happy…I forgive you, and I don’t want to punish you anymore.”

But that’s not all. Freddie’s incredible acting also shows in the final scenes with Richard Schiff (Dr Aaron Glassman) and Paige Spara (Lea). Those brief and crisp responses, despite a constant struggle in his head and heart, makes Freddie’s character shine in every frame. And finally, in the closing scene comes the best of all. Shaun eventually has a meltdown. While we cannot be sure if it is his regret, repentance, grief, or simply the feeling of void that he knows will never be filled, he is still in pain. At that moment, Lea is the one who comforts him. Here’s something one cannot miss in the scene. We have always known how difficult it is for Shaun to be physically intimate with someone. This is precisely why he and Carly are still refraining from sexual intimacy. But here, as he feels pain and angst after meeting his father, he lets his guard down, perhaps subconsciously and allows Lea to hold him and he holds her back; a scene that can bring tears to your eyes.

This is a hugely transformative moment for Shaun and portraying such finer emotions, in the subtlest manner, is what makes Freddie the real star of the episode. Seeing his character shine above everything else, we believe this was not only the best episode of all seasons of ‘The Good Doctor’ so far, but the best we have seen of Freddie Highmore on the show. And it was an absolute Emmy-worthy performance!

Disclaimer : The views expressed in this article belong to the writer and are not necessarily shared by MEAWW.

Trick or Treat

Seasons & Episodes

  • 73 Series Overview
  • Season 10 69
    • Season 10 Overview

      Air Date: October 18, 1988

  • Season 9 tbd
    • Season 9 Overview

      Air Date: September 17, 1996

  • Season 8 tbd
    • Season 8 Overview

      Air Date: September 19, 1995

  • Season 7 tbd
    • Season 7 Overview

      Air Date: September 21, 1994

  • Season 6 tbd
    • Season 6 Overview

      Air Date: September 14, 1993

  • Season 5 tbd
    • Season 5 Overview

      Air Date: September 15, 1992

  • Season 4 tbd
    • Season 4 Overview

      Air Date: September 17, 1991

  • Season 3 tbd
    • Season 3 Overview

      Air Date: September 18, 1990

    • tbd S3:E25. The Pied Piper of Lanford

      Air Date: May 14, 1991

    • tbd S3:E24. Scenes from a Barbecue

      Air Date: May 7, 1991

    • tbd S3:E23. Dances with Darlene

      Air Date: April 30, 1991

    • tbd S3:E22. Second Time Around

      Air Date: April 2, 1991

    • tbd S3:E21. Troubles with the Rubbles

      Air Date: March 26, 1991

    • tbd S3:E20. Her Boyfriend’s Back

      Air Date: March 12, 1991

    • tbd S3:E19. Vegas Interruptus

      Air Date: February 26, 1991

    • tbd S3:E18. Communicable Theater

      Air Date: February 19, 1991

    • tbd S3:E17. Valentine’s Day

      Air Date: February 12, 1991

    • tbd S3:E16. Home-Ec

      Air Date: February 5, 1991

    • tbd S3:E15. Becky Doesn’t Live Here Anymore

      Air Date: January 22, 1991

    • tbd S3:E14. The Wedding

      Air Date: January 15, 1991

    • tbd S3:E13. The Courtship of Eddie, Dan’s Father

      Air Date: January 8, 1991

    • tbd S3:E12. Confessions

      Air Date: December 18, 1990

    • tbd S3:E11. Do You Know Where Your Parents Are?

      Air Date: December 4, 1990

    • tbd S3:E10. Dream Lover

      Air Date: November 27, 1990

    • tbd S3:E9. Bird is the Word

      Air Date: November 13, 1990

    • tbd S3:E8. PMS, I Love You

      Air Date: November 6, 1990

    • tbd S3:E7. Trick or Treat

      Air Date: October 30, 1990

    • tbd S3:E6. Becky, Beds and Boys

      Air Date: October 23, 1990

    • tbd S3:E5. Goodbye, Mr. Right

      Air Date: October 16, 1990

    • tbd S3:E4. Like, a New Job

      Air Date: October 9, 1990

    • tbd S3:E3. Like, a Virgin

      Air Date: October 2, 1990

    • tbd S3:E2. Friends and Relatives

      Air Date: September 25, 1990

    • tbd S3:E1. The Test

      Air Date: September 18, 1990

  • Season 2 tbd
    • Season 2 Overview

      Air Date: September 12, 1989

  • Season 1 79
    • Season 1 Overview

      Air Date: October 18, 1988

Roseanne, mistaken for a guy in her lumberjack Halloween costume, plays along with some braggarts and learns about machismo.

Roseanne Season 3 Episodes…

  • s03e01 – The Test
  • s03e02 – Friends and Relatives
  • s03e03 – Like, a Virgin
  • s03e04 – Like, a New Job
  • s03e05 – Goodbye, Mr. Right
  • s03e06 – Becky, Beds and Boys
  • s03e07 – Trick or Treat
  • s03e08 – PMS, I Love You
  • s03e09 – Bird is the Word
  • s03e10 – Dream Lover
  • s03e11 – Do You Know Where Your Parents Are?
  • s03e12 – Confessions
  • s03e13 – The Courtship of Eddie, Dan’s Father
  • s03e14 – The Wedding
  • s03e15 – Becky Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
  • s03e16 – Home-Ec
  • s03e17 – Valentine’s Day
  • s03e18 – Communicable Theater
  • s03e19 – Vegas Interruptus
  • s03e20 – Her Boyfriend’s Back
  • s03e21 – Troubles with the Rubbles
  • s03e22 – Second Time Around
  • s03e23 – Dances with Darlene
  • s03e24 – Scenes from a Barbecue
  • s03e25 – The Pied Piper of Lanford

Roseanne Show Summary

The show portrayed a working-class family struggling to get by on a limited income in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. Many critics considered the show notable as one of the first sitcoms to portray an American family in which economics necessitated two parents working jobs outside the home.

When is Doctor Who season 12 on TV? What’s going to happen? Who’s in the cast?

Jodie Whittaker and her Doctor Who team are currently zipping around time and space solving problems and saving lives, and we’re currently halfway through the BBC sci-fi drama’s twelfth modern series.

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As ever there are many questions that need to be answered – it is called Doctor WHO after all – so what will the Doctor get up to? Who is she travelling with, and what kind of baddies might she be facing? Who or what is the Timeless Child or the lone Cyberman? Is Jo Martin REALLY the Doctor? Are the Cybermen the only classic foes, or will the Daleks be back in action as well?

Check out everything we know about Doctor Who season 12 below…

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When is Doctor Who season 12 coming back to TV?

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The sci-fi series returned at 6.55pm on Wednesday 1st January 2020, aka New Year’s Day.

Following that the series went back to a weekly Sunday evening release date (as it did in 2018), and the next episode (Episode 6, called Praxeus) airs on Sunday 2nd February at 7.10pm.

What is the next episode of Doctor Who season 12 called? What’s it about?

The next episode, called Praxeus, sees the Doctor and her team dashing around the globe responding to a series of crises and solving a mystery that somehow involves a washed-up naval officer, Peruvian birds and a missing astronaut.

The episode is written by Kerblam!’s Pete McTighe alongside showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Who is the new Doctor in Doctor Who?

In a massive twist, season 12’s fifth episode revealed that unassuming tourguide Ruth Clayton was actually a disguised version of the Doctor, albeit an incarnation the current Doctor has no memory of. Played by Holby City’s Jo Martin, this new Doctor made a big splash when she appeared in Fugitive of the Judoon, and it seems safe to assume she’ll come back later in the series.

But is she the original Doctor, another missing incarnation like the War Doctor or something else entirely? We delve into some of the best theories here.

Will Captain Jack Harkness return again?

John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who (BBC)

In another surprise move, Fugitive of the Judoon saw the return of fan-favourite former companion Captain Jack Harkness, with John Barrowman reprising his role as the immortal Time Agent to deliver a warning to the Doctor via her friends.

Later, Jack disappears again – but will he be back for more?

“I mean if they ever ask Jack back, like I said I’ll come back at the drop of a hat,” Barrowman told RadioTimes.com of his hopes for the future, noting he had hopes for a “vast adventure” with the current TARDIS line-up.

“Hopefully I’ll get to work with Jodie, yeah. That would be incredible,” he continued.

However series boss Chris Chibnall has said that we we “categorically” won’t see Jack again this series, while still leaving the door open for a future return.

“But who knows when he might pop up again?” he continued. “We love Captain Jack, we love John Barrowman.

“I hope that won’t be his last appearance and that at some point he gets to meet the 13th Doctor.

Who or what is the lone Cyberman?

A Cyberman with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor (BBC)

Before Jack leaves, he also drops a dire warning about a new enemy, who we may have already glimpsed in the series trailers (see below).

“Tell her – Beware the Lone Cyberman,” Jack tells Yaz, Ryan and Graham (Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh).

Jack explains that the Cybermen are “an empire of evil, in ruins right now, brought down to nothing, finally. But that could all change, and then reveals that a mysterious group called “The Alliance” sent something “back through time, across space” to defeat the Cybermen, before being distracted by his stolen ship’s security protocols.

“Tell the Doctor, the Lone Cyberman… don’t give it what it wants!” he adds instead.

“At all costs, tell her….”and at that moment, he’s teleported away, leaving an intriguing mystery about what we can expect from this new storyline. We’ve gone into a few of our theories here.

Is there a Doctor Who season 12 trailer?

Yes – there are actually quite a few! The most recent (above) hints at what’s to come in the second half of the series including new monsters, some serious companion angst and some nasty-looking Cybermen.

Prior to this, the first trailer arrived in November 2019, and it showed an action-packed, alien-stuffed series of adventures for the Doctor and her friends.

Also debuting a new-look Cyberman and plenty of intriguing hints about what to expect from the series, it’s a must-watch – so why not look up and do that now?

And when you’re done with that, in early December the BBC also released a surprise second trailer, which gives a better look at a few monsters and other challenges faced by the Doctor and company.

That’s a wrap, we’ve finished filming! Are you ready for Series 12? #DoctorWho ???? pic.twitter.com/X8PFbdEyeK

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) November 19, 2019

You can also catch a glimpse of some new sets and scenes in the wrap video above.

Watch this space… #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/nOwplNpQY9

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) October 31, 2019

At the end of October, the BBC tweeted out an intriguing image of the Doctor’s shadow suggesting we should “watch this space,” and later doubled down on on the tease with a short trailer that promised more information at the end of November.

Make Space… 23.11.19 #DoctorWho pic.twitter.com/5oGC7V2OUx

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) November 10, 2019

As any Doctor Who fan knows, the 23rd November is the anniversary of the series’ first ever episode back in 1963, so it’s not surprising the BBC chose this day to release the first trailer.

Will there be a Doctor Who Christmas special in 2019?

It looks like there will – but not until Christmas 2020.

“You will get a special – at the end of the series, yes,” Doctor Who boss Chris Chibnall told RadioTimes.com and other journalists when asked if there was a Christmas special coming up.

In other words, there’s no special in late 2019 or for New Year’s Day 2020, but there probably will be one for Christmas 2020. At least this year we’ll get an episode on New Year’s Day though!

So, fans of Christmas specials look like they may have to wait an entire year. The best things come to those that wait and all that.

Will there be another season with Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall after Doctor Who season 12?

Apparently, yes! Chris Chibnall has revealed that work has already begun on series 13, albeit in the very early stages, while refuting claims that he was quitting Doctor Who.

“It’s categorically untrue ,” Chibnall told RadioTimes.com and other press during a visit to Doctor Who’s Cardiff set. “We’re already planning the next series after this series.”

And in a later interview, Jodie Whittaker has confirmed she’ll be back as well.

“I’m doing another season,” she said. ” That might be a massive exclusive that I’m not supposed to say, but it’s unhelpful for me to say because it would be a massive lie!”

Who’s in the cast for Doctor Who season 12?

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The Master (Sacha Dhawan) in Doctor Who

Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker and her Tardis team Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill are all set to return, along with showrunner Chibnall behind the scenes.

“We can’t wait to bring more scares, more monsters and more Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole to BBC1,” Chibnall said. “Brilliant!”

One of the major additions to the cast for series 12 is Iron Fist star Sacha Dhawan, who has previously appeared as original Doctor Who director Waris Hussein in the Mark Gatiss-penned television film An Adventure in Space and Time.

Dhawan was originally billed as playing a character called O, a former British intelligence officer who had been investigating alien life but in a twist for the ages it was revealed he would actually be playing the Doctor’s greatest foe – the Master. At time of writing the Master is trapped in another dimension, but we’re sure he won’t be for long…

In episode five, another surprise Time Lord appears in the form of Jo Martin’s alternate version of the Doctor, who we might also expect to turn up in future episodes.

Other confirmed upcoming guest stars include Matthew McNulty, Warren Brown and Ian Gelder (whose mysterious character could tie back to the Timeless Child mystery) while Years and Years star Maxim Baldry (below) has been rumoured for a part in an upcoming Mary Shelley-based episode.

And plenty of big-name actors have already appeared in this series of the sci-fi drama.

National treasures Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry appeared in the series’ opening episode playing a spymaster and a villain, while ER’s Goran Višnjić and Hustle’s Robert Glenister joined for another story as Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

Bodyguard star Anjli Mohindra (who previously starred in Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures) appeared in the same episode as Višnjić and Glenister playing the alien queen of the Skithra, while the Inbetweeners’ James Buckley popped up as a mechanic called Nevi in episode three alongside Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser.

Who is writing Doctor Who season 12?

Doctor Who series 12’s writing team has been confirmed, and there are a few returning faces alongside some new talent.

Vinay Patel, Ed Hime and Pete McTighe are all returning to pen an episode this year, while the newcomers are Nina Metivier (who previously worked as a script editor on the series), Emmerdale’s Maxine Alderton and award-winning playwright Charlene James.

“We’re thrilled that Doctor Who continues to attract some of the most exciting and dynamic talent working in television,” head writer Chris Chibnall said in a release.

“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!”

It’s expected that Chibnall will pen four episodes, while the guest writers deliver a script each, some co-written with Chibnall.

Who is the Master?

Doctor Who – the Master (Sacha Dhawan)

In an excellent and unexpected twist towards the end of the first episode, it was revealed that the Doctor’s greatest enemy, the Master had returned to plague her once again – with Sacha Dhawan playing the Time Lord.

Like the Doctor, the character has been played by a range of actors over the show’s lengthy run, including Roger Delgado, John Simm and Michelle Gomez. He is also a renegade Time Lord and the antithesis of the Doctor his number one aim is to control the universe, while making the Doctor suffer as much as possible along the way. We go into more detail about the character here.

Are the Daleks back in Doctor Who?

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Well, it seems likely – fans have spotted the tinpot terrors filming in Bristol on the Clifton Suspension bridge, with scenes about demonstrating the new “Recon Dalek” model introduced in New Year’s Day special Resolution being blown apart by the more traditional gold Daleks. But who knows? Given how secret Doctor Who normally keeps these things, it could all be a bit of misdirection…

And in December, Chris Chibnall appeared to deny that the famous villains would be featuring in the series, telling Entertainment Weekly, “I wouldn’t expect Daleks this series, no. I’m being serious. You might want to expect Cybermen though.”

Are the Cybermen returning to Doctor Who?

Yes! As confirmed by various trailers and Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall himself, the silver-plated Cybermen will be back towards the end of the current series.

“It’s a story in which you’re going to be encountering a particularly relentless and ferocious set of Cybermen,” Chibnall said.

“It’s interesting, because although you can talk about it as old versus new , that’s slightly a false definition,” he added. “Because even if you bring the Cyberman back, that’ll be the first time for some kids and for some viewers.

“So you have to make sure that they feel fresh and there’s an idea behind them. I feel like we did a really nice job with that and with Resolution and the Dalek – that was a new spin on a Dalek story.”

Later, a warning from Captain Jack Harkness about the mysterious “lone Cyberman” also suggests these classic foes will play a big part in the end of the series.

Who are the Judoon?

Rhino-like thugs the Judoon returned to the series for fifth episode Fugitive of the Judoon.

“No! Sho! Blo! The Judoon are storming back into Doctor Who in full force, and the streets of Gloucester aren’t safe,” series showrunner Chris Chibnall said.

“If anyone has anything to hide, confess now. The Judoon are taking no prisoners, and will stop at nothing to fulfil their mission! The whole team on Doctor Who are delighted and scared in equal measure to welcome them back: one of many treats we’ve got in store for viewers next series.”

First appearing in 2007 in David Tennant’s second series (specifically the episode Smith and Jones), the Judoon cropped up a few more times over the years (including in child-friendly spin-off the Sarah-Jane Adventures), last popping up in Peter Capaldi’s penultimate series for a couple of cameos.

In the finished episode, the Judoon were revealed to be working for a past version of the Time Lords, tracking down Jo Martin’s Doctor.

Will Jodie Whittaker get a new Doctor Who costume?

Jodie Whittaker in Doctor Who (BBC Pictures)

Apparently the Thirteenth Doctor will get some new variations on her look in the new series, sporting a darker overcoat (and matching socks) for at least one episode instead of the sky-blue number she’s worn to date and donning a tuxedo for opening two-parter Spyfall.

Jodie Whittaker has also been spotted on set in a new jumper with rainbow-coloured cuffs that echoes the lining of her coat, but it’s unclear if this is a new costume choice or something that Whittaker owns personally that just so happens to share design details.

Is Doctor Who season 12 currently filming?

No – production has already concluded on the new series of episodes, with the team filming at Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff and on location over the last 10 months.

“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,” showrunner Chris Chibnall said in late 2019.

“We adore making this show and have been blown away by the response from audiences.”

#DoctorWho is back in production! ???????? pic.twitter.com/vouZZfMuTV

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) January 23, 2019

The series shot in South Africa for a couple of weeks, as revealed on Doctor Who’s social media accounts. Parts of Cardiff and South Wales were transformed into a Sheffield police station, the streets of Paris and a London government building so far, while Gloucester has been the setting for a Judoon invasion.

Who or what is the Timeless Child?

The ongoing mystery of the series continues, with Sacha Dhawan’s Master revealing that he destroyed Gallifrey over this mysterious secret.

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We go into some of our theories here…

Doctor Who: Jodie Whittaker won’t return for a new series until 2020

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The next series of Doctor Who won’t start until 2020, it’s been confirmed.

Series 11 ended on Sunday night, but after the festive special on New Year’s Day, Jodie Whittaker won’t be seen in the Tardis again next year.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall said work on the new series had already begun.

He said the team had been “blown away by the response from audiences” to the new Doctor. The first episode of the series, the first to feature a female Doctor, drew a record audience.

Image copyright BBC/BBC Studios Image caption The Doctor has been joined by three new companions for the current series

It saw the highest launch viewing figures for the sci-fi stalwart in a decade, with 10.9 million people tuning in.

The series has been considered a ratings success, with viewing figures above those of the last two series when Peter Capaldi starred in the title role.

On Sunday evening, the Doctor was seen answering distress calls from a battle-scarred planet.

‘More scares, more monsters’

Talking about the next series Chibnall, head writer of the show, said: “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 13th Doctor.”

Image copyright BBC/BBC Studios Image caption Whittaker is to return for a New Year’s Day special

He said they couldn’t wait to bring “more scares, more monsters and more Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole” – referring to the Doctor’s companions.

Lizo Mzimba, the BBC’s entertainment correspondent, said while there was “a recognition that fans might want a series every single year, Doctor Who has almost uniquely complex filming requirements and a lengthy post-production period”.

He added that the New Year’s Day episode could have been planned so that 2019 “won’t be a totally Doctor Who-free year”.

The episode on 1 January marks a change in Christmas tradition, as it will be the first time Doctor Who hasn’t been shown on Christmas Day since the drama’s return in 2005.