Two of the writers for Series 12–which is to air very early in 2020–may have been determined. Besides showrunner Chris Chibnall, Ed Hime (“It Takes You Away”) and Vinay Patel (“Demons of the Punjab”) are believed to be returning from Series 11. Hime’s online CV lsits “Doctor Who (Series 12).” Patel’s connection is based on a tweet taking place in the Roath Lock canteen, a good indication that he is again writing for Doctor Who. Victoria Asare-Archer (Hetty Feather, Wolfblood) and Prasanna Puwanarajah are mentioned as joining the writing team, although Puwanarajah is better known as an actor and director (Doctor Foster, Patrick Melrose). He appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures as a car salesman in Part 2 of “The Mark of the Berserker.”
Photos related to Doctor who filming near Cape Town, South Africa have emerged from several Instagram accounts, including Mandip Gill’s, Tosin Cole’s, and the official Doctor Who account. It appears that the bulk of the filming occurred in a remote area of South Africa with access to both the mountains and the seashore. While the cast stayed in Cape Town, they were transported to a filming base daily, possibly situated in Table Mountain National Park. Quite a few scenes have been filmed on an unknown beach.
Former DW Production Designer Edward Thomas, who is also in South Africa, shared a selfie of himself with Chris Chibnall. (Production Designer Arwel Wyn Jones is not involved in Series 12, having chosen to work with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss on Dracula.)
One of the crew members in South Africa is assigned two episodes, 1 and 5, although numbering can change. Filming took place in South Africa for three weeks, ending the first full week of February. A night shoot on location for Doctor Who was scheduled for February 10 on the streets of Cardiff.