When does ‘Doctor Who’ return for season 12? Premiere date and trailer assure a ‘big, serious crisis’ for the new year [WATCH]

Time has not been kind to fans of the long-running time travel drama “Doctor Who,” which has been on hiatus for a year now since ending its 11th season in December 2018. But BBC America has finally announced a premiere date for season 12 along with a new trailer. Watch it above, and get ready for a happy new year.

“Who’s” on first — January 1, that is. It premieres its new season on New Year’s Day 2020 at 8pm Eastern and Pacific before moving to its regular time slot on Sunday nights at 8:00pm starting January 5. And fans can expect a “big, serious crisis,” at least according to the Doctor herself (Jodie Whittaker). The trailer teases new alien threats, plus at least one old alien threat in the form of the Cybermen.

But the gang’s all back for another round of adventures. Whittaker returns for her second season as the first female Doctor in the show’s 56-year history. Her team of companions is intact as well (Tosin Cole, Mandip Gil and Bradley Walsh). Showrunner Chris Chibnall is still in the driver’s seat as well after taking over the show from Steven Moffat last season, and he has invited noteworthy guest stars including beloved British actor Stephen Fry and “ER” and “Timeless” alum Goran Višnjić.

In addition to Chibnall, writers for the new episodes include returning scribes Ed Hime, Pete McTighe and Vinay Patel, plus new scribes Nina Métivier, Maxine Alderton and Charlene James. The directors are Jamie Magnus Stone, Lee Haven Jones, Nida Manzoor and Emma Sullivan.

What do you think of the new trailer? Where (and when) will the new season take us?

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