Check out the Doctor Who 1204 lowdown and clip. It’s 1903 in this story which is called “Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror” and will air on Sunday January 19th, 2020 on BBC America and BBC One in the UK.

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Doctor Who, 1204 “Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror” – New York in 1903 ©2020 BBC Studios

Who or what is sabotaging Nikola Tesla’s generator plant at Niagara Falls? (Clue in picture below!)

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Series 12 Episode 4/10 “Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror”

“Nikola Tesla dreamed up the twentieth century before it happened!” 1903. On the edge of Niagara Falls, something is wrong at Nikola Tesla’s generator plant. Who or what is sabotaging the maverick inventor’s work? Has he really received a message from Mars? And where does his great rival Thomas Edison fit into these events?

The Doctor, Yaz, Ryan and Graham must join forces with one of history’s great minds, to save both him and planet Earth.


The Doctor… Jodie Whittaker
Yasmin… Mandip Gill
Ryan… Tosin Cole
Graham… Bradley Walsh
Nikola Tesla… Goran Visnjic
Thomas Edison… Robert Glenister
Guest Star… Anjli Mohindra


Writer… Nina Metivier

Nina Metivier is the co-creator and co-writer of teen thriller series The A List (BBC/Netflix), and produced and wrote on the Bafta-winning TV series Dixi. This is Nina first script for the programme.

Director… Nida Manzoor

Nida Manzoor was named one of Broadcast Magazine’s Hot Shots back in 2015. Since then, she has gone on to direct the BBC comedy-drama Enterprice and has recently received an RTS nomination for her work. Nida is also currently writing and directing an original music comedy series for Channel 4 called Lady Parts. This is her first time on Doctor Who.

Doctor Who is executive produced by showrunner Chris Chibnall and Matt Strevens.

The series is a BBC America co-production with BBC Studios.

Doctor Who 1204 Guest Stars

Guest stars in this episode are Goran Visnjic, Robert Glenister and Anjli Mohindra.

Robert Glenister

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Doctor Who, 1204 “Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror” – Thomas Edison (Robert Glenister) ©2020 BBC Studios, photo by Ben Blackall

After previously starring in Doctor Who over three decades ago, Robert Glenister is no stranger to the TARDIS and as he takes on a new character, it’s safe to say emotions will be charged as he meets the Doctor and her friends…

Robert Glenister says: “I first appeared in Doctor Who in The Caves of Androzani at the tender age of 24 in 1984. Thirty five years later I got to be in it again at the not so tender age of nearly 60. How time flies!”

Goran Visnjic

Making his Doctor Who debut, Goran Visnjic has plenty of experience around doctors after playing Luka Kova on the television series ER, but how will he fare when he comes face to face with the Time Lord?

Speaking ahead of his debut Doctor Who appearance, Goran Visnjic, says: “I’ve always been a huge fan of Doctor Who, so when the offer to play one of my favorite people in history came, it made me so happy to be part of the show and it turned into this awesome, dream job!”

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Doctor Who Series 12, Episode 4 “Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror” – Nikola Tesla (Goran Visnjic), The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yaz (Mandip Gill), and Dorothy Skerrit (Haley McGee) ©2020 BBC Studios/BBC America, photo by James Pardon

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer, says: “One of the great joys of Doctor Who are the legendary actors who want to come and join in the Doctor’s adventures. We were thrilled to welcome Goran and Robert, whose worked we’ve loved and admired for years. They create two iconic characters who are going to delight and entertain.”

Anjli Mohindra

Anjli Mohindra is quoted in a separate BBC press release: “As a huge fan of the last series, it’s a bit of a dream come true getting to work opposite Jodie, Mandip, Tosin and of course after all these years, to work with Bradley again! There’s something undeniably special about Jodie’s Doctor, and to be bringing some terror to the joint was rather fun indeed.”

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Doctor Who, 1204 “Nikola Tesla’s Night of Terror” – Two Big Scorpions ©2020 BBC Studios