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Doctor Who’s back… and so are Cybermen

GRAB those cushions and get ready to hide behind the sofa — Doctor Who is back on New Year’s Day.

The 12th series of the BBC One sci-fi hit, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Time Lord, comes a year after the last one ended.

It begins with a special two-part episode called Spyfall, and Stephen Fry and Sir Lenny Henry are set to appear. And bosses have promised ‘blockbuster action’, saying the Doctor is ‘well and truly back with a bang’.

The new series will be shown on Sundays and head writer Chris Chibnall is remaining tight-lipped about storylines. But he did let slip that the Cybermen will be making a return. He said: ‘I really wanted to see Jodie against the Cybermen, there are certain monsters you want to see a Doctor go up against. She met a Dalek in Resolution last New Year. Cybermen feel like an important part of the rogues’ gallery. They’re relentless, they just don’t stop.’

Whittaker, 37, will again be joined by Tosin Cole as Ryan, Mandip Gill as Yaz, and Bradley Walsh as Graham for her second series as the first female Time Lord.