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July 1st, 2017 144 comments

The Doctors will return at Christmas

The closing moments of this evening’s Doctor Who series ten finale revealed that this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special will be a multi-Doctor adventure featuring the current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and the First Doctor (David Bradley).

The cliff-hanger ending saw the Doctor fatally shot by a Mondasian Cyberman and begin to regenerate. Stepping out of the TARDIS into an arctic landscape, he fought off the glowing regeneration energy and fell to his knees, vowing that this time he would not live on and change into a new Doctor.

This was declared ‘ridiculous’ by an approaching figure, who mocked the Doctor as he stepped forward through the snow to reveal himself as the very first incarnation of the Timelord (“The original, you might say”) just before the credits rolled. The story will continue at Christmas.

Further casting and details for the Doctor Who Christmas special will be revealed in due course. As previously announced, the special will serve as Peter Capaldi’s farewell to the series, and will feature the debut of the next Doctor.


  • Pats86

    July 3rd, 2017 - 9:17pm

    I’m afraid so.

  • Pats86

    July 3rd, 2017 - 9:09pm

    I’m a fan but I didn’t want gender change, Clara to go on so long and then not die, dreadful xmas episodes, Cybermen and Daleks to become laughable cannon fodder, repetitive story lines, the never ending reset button, Very weak Gattis stories, Hell Bent, the Paternoster gang, the Vault, very very poor writing most of the time, and much more misery he has inflicted on us.
    So as far as I am concerned he wasn’t making the show for this fan and I suspect millions of others too, you are right about Chibnall for sure moving the show forward and not looking back.

  • r1ch1e

    July 3rd, 2017 - 8:57pm

    Oh God NO

  • Pats86

    July 3rd, 2017 - 8:42pm

    They will probably do the same as with Capaldi’s introduction, in a studio full of so called “screaming fans”

  • Pats86

    July 3rd, 2017 - 8:36pm

    I don’t think it is, but you can get it for a few quid on ebay.

  • Pats86

    July 3rd, 2017 - 8:35pm

    LOL I will that

  • Citsacras DratSab

    July 3rd, 2017 - 7:39pm

    The Christmas Invasion 8.5/10.
    The Runaway Bride 8.5/10.
    Voyage of the Damned 7.5/10.
    The Next Doctor 6/10.
    The End of Time part 1 9/10.
    The End of Time part 2 9.5/10.
    A Christmas Carol 4.5/10.
    Doctor, Widow & Wardrobe 2.3/10.
    The Snowmen 7.5/10.
    The Time of the Doctor 5/10.
    Last Christmas 1.5/10.
    The Husbands of River Song 7/10.
    Return of Doctor Mysterio 5.5/10.

  • Citsacras DratSab

    July 3rd, 2017 - 7:31pm

    it is part of the “amazingly brilliant” Moffat era? Mystery occurences such as that happening will probably never be explained to faithful Doctor Who fans such as us.

    Dont let it keep you up at night. Just sit back and look forward to the (hopefully) last-ever Steven Moffat script at jolly old Christmas.

  • Tim M

    July 3rd, 2017 - 5:47pm

    I’d rather Gallifrey and the Time Lords are kept out of Doctor Who. RTD created the Time War to finish the Time Lords off. I’d rather have the Doctor having no connection, and no need to return to Gallifrey. Leave that to fan fiction.

  • the ergon

    July 3rd, 2017 - 1:09pm

    that seems to be the general consensus. the fact they coincidentally are in the same place and time. I,m sure theres a lot of people will be speculating the same thing, myself included and it would be a great christmas present to beable to loop back to the end of the tenth planet and to relive that missing regeneration. To have two great doctors bowing out and welcoming in a brand new era. how poignant would that be?.

  • Donnawho?

    July 3rd, 2017 - 12:35pm

    I like that idea.

  • Exterminator

    July 3rd, 2017 - 11:56am


  • r1ch1e

    July 3rd, 2017 - 11:06am

    There is a question that is niggling at me! What was the deal with the TARDIS in Empress of Mars? I hope there is a solution in the Xmas special

  • Mick181

    July 3rd, 2017 - 2:57am

    You know what i would like to see next season a couple of young Time Lord trainees escape Galifrey and link up with the Doctor as companions.

  • Mick181

    July 3rd, 2017 - 1:19am

    Sor Vad its about 5 am on Sunday morning here in Australia when it’s Saturday night in the UK. In Australia the ABC Australia (BBC equiv) show it live on their Streaming service so as soon as i wake up i put it on and watch it but i can watch it at the same moment as UK viewers do.
    The same goes for Boxing Day morning, really looking forward to this years Xmas special, watch Dr Who at Breakfast time. Then watch the Ashes Cricket.

  • 100,000BC

    July 2nd, 2017 - 9:31pm

    Could be in part 2 and 3, haven’t seen (or, indeed, heard) it in a while but in the final scenes are where he is outside in the South Pole, and he isn’t with Ben and Polly to my memory so he could pop out in the TARDIS and share an adventure with twelve and then arrive back at the South Pole to Ben and Polly (in that blizzard, they wouldn’t even be able to tell if the TARDIS is in the same place)…

  • therealwhovian63

    July 2nd, 2017 - 8:33pm

    Its during part 2 and 3 of the tenth planet

  • Omega63

    July 2nd, 2017 - 6:36pm

    Then what do Ben and Polly do before he enters the TARDIS? They were close behind?

  • ohw rotcod

    July 2nd, 2017 - 6:11pm

    I really need to watch Adventure in Time and Space again. It isnt on iplayer anymore im guessing

  • ohw rotcod

    July 2nd, 2017 - 6:10pm

    Ok then The Living Shadow, who do you think it should be then? Lets hear it.

  • Sor Vad

    July 2nd, 2017 - 6:06pm

    Mick181 sorry to hear that you dont get to watch it on the premiere day 🙁

  • Gordon

    July 2nd, 2017 - 2:28pm

    Paterson Joseph was the favourite before Matt smith got it. Being favourite means nothing

  • 100,000BC

    July 2nd, 2017 - 11:08am

    I think it’s fairly clear that this is set as the Doctor is going to the TARDIS during the final scenes of ‘The Tenth Planet’.
    1) They appear to be in Antarctica and the First Doctor is wearing the same costume.
    2) The TARDIS photographed on set appears to be the version with the flatter roof (introduced in the preceding story, ‘The Savages’).
    3) It makes sense, thematically, for both Doctors to be nearing the end of their lives.

  • Anonymous

    July 2nd, 2017 - 10:18am

    Problem is that the press were pushing for Kris Marshall before casting even began and every bit of evidence they have used to “confirm” it falls flat on its face if he wasn’t cast several months ago.

  • Anonymous

    July 2nd, 2017 - 10:15am

    I don’t think Missy is still alive… that doesn’t mean she’ll stay dead.

  • Hector Sandler

    July 2nd, 2017 - 9:06am

    This not the first someone play the first Doctor the image of late Willian Hartnell. Richard Hurndall who assembly bit like him to be the first Doctor. Although he past away following year. This was the 20th Anniversary of the TV series without Tom Baker only in image picture of the past. I hope other ex Doctor come like Matt Smith & David Tenant. I still hope it be a man again not a woman.

  • spike

    July 2nd, 2017 - 7:26am

    i think it will be a lady

  • spike

    July 2nd, 2017 - 7:24am

    this could easily be set during episode 3 of tenth planet when the doctor was off screen for the majority of the episode.

  • Marswho

    July 2nd, 2017 - 4:23am

    I think it would happen, after the doctor leaves the snow base near the end of the concluding episode of the tenth planet. It doesn’t show it on screen but, there is a window of time where between him leaving the base and entering his tardis.

  • Anonymous

    July 2nd, 2017 - 2:06am

    If anything, his performance as hartnell in AAISAT makes him worthy of being the first doctor

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