Jodie Whittaker will be returning as Doctor Who for the next series – which won’t air until 2020.
Series 11 of the BBC series came to an explosive end this evening as the Doctor answered frantic distress calls from a battle-scarred planet.
Whittaker has largely been praised for her portrayal of the doctor in the sci-fi series, which has also drawn some complaints of its "politically correct" storylines.
However fans will be left bitterly disappointed that there will be no new series in 2019.
Whittaker and her companions – Mandip Gil, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole – will all instead be reprising their roles in 2020.
Doctor Who won’t be returning in 2019
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Despite that, Doctor Who boss Chris Chibnall has revealed that they have already started work on the 12th series.
He 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.
"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!"
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The first episode of the new series of the sci-fi show, starring Whittaker as the first female Doctor, drew the programme’s biggest launch viewing figures in 10 years.
Its stars recently hit back at suggestions that the programme has become too politically correct, with episodes covering the US Civil Rights movement and the 1947 partition of India.
Whittaker is the latest Doctor following the likes of Peter Capaldi, Matt Smith and David Tennant.
Before Chibnall signed up, the show had been criticised in recent years for featuring storylines which were too convoluted.
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BBC director of content Charlotte Moore said: "We’re delighted that the Doctor and her friends will be returning to thrill audiences in 2020.
"I know Chris and the whole team are already working on a whole new set of exciting adventures. In the meantime we’ve got a very special episode on New Year’s Day for everyone to enjoy."
Whittaker recently told The Hollywood Reporter: "I really can’t wait to step back in and get to work again…. I’m not quite ready to hand it over yet."
Doctor Who will make it briefly to screens in 2019, with a New Year’s Day special airing instead of the usual Christmas Day episode.
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