Doctor Who has almost wrapped up its current season! Season 12 marks Jodie Whittaker's sophomore outing in the role of "The Doctor", and we now know to expect a two-part finale from episodes 9 and 10!
The first half of the two-parter, titled "Ascension of the Cybermen", is slated to air on February 23rd. Airing just one week after the season's penultimate episode will be its conclusion, titled "The Timeless Children".
Doctor Who set to feature "iconic monsters" in episode 9
Doctor Who's two-part finale promises to be big in scale and full of surprises! Chris Chibnall, the showrunner for the current series of Doctor Who, gave Entertainment Weekly a brief rundown of what fans can expect from the season 12 closer. "Episode 9, "Ascension of the Cybermen," obviously sees the return of iconic monsters," Chibnall says. "It’s the first time Jodie’s Doctor, the Thirteenth Doctor, has squared off against them".
Chibnall goes on to talk about why fans will be excited about this particular storyline, which he describes as "a big, space-spanning, spaceship-lasery, Cybermanny sci-fi story. Properly epic." Giving more details about the plot, Chibnall sets up the episode premise.
"It’s set in the aftermath of a Cyber war," he shares, "and a large band of human refugees are on the run from a very determined, zealous Cyberman who’s determined to hunt down and eliminate the very last of humanity and finally win the war. Enter the Doctor and her friends.” He also mentions that British actress Julie Graham will also be guest starring as a character called "Ravio", a human refugee.
Doctor Who: Chibnall teases "seismic" episode 10 finale
Doctor Who's final episode of the season, "The Timeless Child" is one that Chibnall describes as "an emotional and narrative roller coaster" for not only the audience, but the characters as well.
He reveals that "The Timeless Children" — plural! — will pay off a lot of the strands that we’ve set running both last year and this year", calling it "a relatively seismic episode for the Doctor, and for the show". Chibnall goes on to say that fans "will get some answers," but "also be left with a whole load of new questions in true Doctor Who style".
When it comes to setting the scope of the 65-minute season finale conclusion, Chibnall has this to say. "It’s big, it’s action-packed, it’s very, very epic and very, very emotional, and there is a blistering performance from Jodie Whittaker in that final episode. People, I think, are going to feel wrung-out and possibly a little bit open-mouthed".