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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.



  • Prof Horner

    July 6th, 2017 - 12:51pm

    Will David Bradley play the first Doctor in Big Finish , do you think?

  • Jordan Scott

    July 5th, 2017 - 2:56pm

    That would be great r1ch1e, would fit in perfectly and go full circle.

  • r1ch1e

    July 5th, 2017 - 6:57am

    I don’t think she would be a big part of the episode. She just pop and say Hello, Goodbye and then back the Victoria!
    I would like him to see Susan and for her to say to him that she’s always felt safe living on earth because she has always known that even though the world is being invaded by Dalek and Cybermen and Sycorax and the Titanic has fell from the sky, she has always believed that her Grandfather has been looking after the world she has lived her whole life on. And then she could say ‘go forward in all your beliefs, and prove to me that I’m not mistaken in mine’. That would convince him to regenerate!
    Fan fiction!!!!!

  • Stop that TARDIS

    July 4th, 2017 - 6:26pm

    Read people. She’s doing 1 scene, i dislike here but she’s been with most of calpadi’s episodes and as Peter is leaving you’d expect HIS companions to return!

  • Citsacras DratSab

    July 4th, 2017 - 6:14pm

    Outcast, “that character”??? Oh you mean Clara Oswald, its great to hear isnt it? A very good friend of the Doctor, coming back in some form to help him through his regeneration possibly.

    Cant wait to see Clara back 😀 😀

  • Citsacras DratSab

    July 4th, 2017 - 6:07pm

    Anonymous. My personal reason for not liking Last Christmas is to me it seemed ti just drag on and even after it finished i felt like “was that it”.

  • 100,000BC

    July 4th, 2017 - 4:13pm

    She isn’t going to be companion for the whole episode, it just seems to be traditional now to include returning companions in the moments before regeneration.

  • D0CT0R WH0

    July 4th, 2017 - 4:05pm

    Clara is said to return just before peter capaldi’s regenerates. Just like they did with Amy with Matt Smiths regeneration.

  • Tim M

    July 4th, 2017 - 2:54pm

    Thanks for reminding me of Davros. How on Earth (or Gallifrey) did the Doctor know that child was the ACTUAL power crazed Davros Dalek creater in the future? I’m called Tim…there are lots of Tim’s on the planet Earth. Wouldn’t it then be reasonable to presume that a child called Davros on Skaro could have been one of many? It might even be a popular name on Skaro.

  • Tim M

    July 4th, 2017 - 2:46pm

    I love a list. Here are my scores out of 10 for each Christmas Special
    The Christmas Invasion 10/10
    The Runaway Bride 7/10
    Voyage of the Damned 7/10
    The Next Doctor 8/10
    The End of Time 8/10
    A Christmas Carol 6/10
    The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe 4/10
    The Snowmen 7/10
    The Time of the Doctor 7/10
    Last Christmas 7/10
    The Husbands of River Song 9/10
    The Return of Doctor Mysterio 8/10

  • Tim M

    July 4th, 2017 - 1:54pm

    I’ve already got doubts about how special this Christmas Special is going to be. We’ve had enough Clara already!

  • Anonymous

    July 4th, 2017 - 12:58pm

    I am of the opinion that writers do not have to spoon feed us every little detail. The TARDIS was experiencing a glitch and Missy fixed it. It was a plot device to get Missy out of the vault, but do we really need detail about the actual glitch? Nope. The show is only 45 mins long.

    This happens in most dramas, not just DW. However, if you want to look at DW specifically, what about the woman in End of Time. RTD never explained who she was and that was a tad more important that why the TARDIS had a mechanical fault.

    Example of other things that have been left unexplained in DW history – the Watcher. Who? What? Why? The Valeyard – How? These are all more important that a TARDIS glitch but the Moffatt haters love to pick up on such trivial matters even though it doesnt really matter compared to what past writers have done – or not done.

  • the ergon

    July 4th, 2017 - 12:49pm

    Gordon, i disagree about paterson joseph. He probably threw his hat in the ring and has been vying for the part since before david tennant much prefer david harewood. The favourites alongside kris marshall are olivia coleman and the actress whos name i forget from fleabag.

  • Anonymous

    July 4th, 2017 - 12:46pm

    Interesting here are my score. The major differences are The End of Time. I hated those. They had so much potential but didn’t deliver. I felt like you could tell RTD was tired and running out of energy. The other major difference was Last Christmas. I really liked this. Why did you hate it so much?

    BTW – I will not challenge your feedback. The great thing about DW is everyone likes it for different reasons and no one person is right. I am merely curious.

    The Christmas Invasion 7/10
    The Runaway Bride 6/10.
    Voyage of the Damned 4/10.
    The Next Doctor 5/10.
    The End of Time part 1 6/10.
    The End of Time part 2 4/10.
    A Christmas Carol 4/10.
    Doctor, Widow & Wardrobe 4/10.
    The Snowmen 7/10.
    The Time of the Doctor 6/10.
    Last Christmas 7/10.
    The Husbands of River Song 8/10.
    Return of Doctor Mysterio 6/10.

  • The Outcast

    July 4th, 2017 - 12:32pm

    Bill and Nardole: Yeah alright.
    Clara: Nope, Nope, No, Nopety Nope.

  • Tim M

    July 4th, 2017 - 12:31pm

    What about Ian, Susan and Steven for the First Doctor in the Christmas Special! I’d much rather see them again.

  • The Outcast

    July 4th, 2017 - 12:31pm

    Lets just say HADS or something.
    Also, with the recent news of ‘that’ character returning (not 1), I’m not looking forward to the Christmas special.

  • The Outcast

    July 4th, 2017 - 12:27pm

    Yeah. That would have been good. Sadly Moffat seems to love ingraining himself on everything. Why did the Doctor leave Gallifrey? Cause he was so scared of a Hybrid that didn’t exist. Then there’s other things like:

    Clara’s responsible for choosing the Doctor’s TARDIS for him via some really _____ Dialog which the First Doctor would never listen too.

    The Dalek respect hatred and don’t kill things that are full of hatred (Nonsense, Daleks kill out of racial hatred. Seriously Moffat?).

    Daleks have a concept of mercy because the Doctor saved Davros as a child in that one story based off a line from Genesis of the Daleks (and wasn’t even 0.0001% as good).

    The power of love can defeat anything!
    So if I love life, can I fight off an entire army? No, of course not.

  • The Outcast

    July 4th, 2017 - 12:12pm

    Yeah, I feel they missed the opportunity to have 12’s face become 13’s for a second before reverting back with. That would have announced who the new Doctor is in the show. And John Simm’s involvement would have been kept a secret, if the marketing department hadn’t put him in the trailers.

  • The Outcast

    July 4th, 2017 - 12:08pm

    Yeah, I agree. I don’t like how everyone sees the Doctor as “space jesus” and the show’s focus on how important all these characters are. Obviously character development is important, but I think the adventure, the mission should take priority over everything and we get to know these characters along the course of this big adventure.

  • The Outcast

    July 4th, 2017 - 12:05pm

    I’d like Kris Marshall’s Doctor (if, indeed it is him) to be played like the 7th Doctor. Starts out a bit like his character on ‘Death in Paradise’ but slowly we see hints of something else, until, in the finale, it turns out he’s been playing his foes.

  • Pats86

    July 4th, 2017 - 9:47am

    If that turns out to be true Dono Nuts we will see a large amount switch of, I have friends who have said they will do this because it takes away something fundamental about the show.
    For a start my wife and daughter do not want a female Doctor! They don’t appear to be on their own either, it was an unnecessary move on Moffats part to split the fan base, he knew it would but didn’t care! Some fan he turned out to be.
    It’s quite simple, If the Doctor continues to be male we will all continue to watch, if he changes gender many will stop, it really is that simple.
    Yes I would continue to watch, I don’t like the idea as I have already said but that’s just me.

  • Dono Nuts

    July 4th, 2017 - 7:02am

    I think with the reboot coming it will be a women in order to gain publicity and make the casual viewer tune in to see Doctor Who as a women as it will be unique.

  • Dono Nuts

    July 4th, 2017 - 7:00am

    Spot on I been a fan since 1983 but these last few series have been naff, I didn’t watch Doctor Who for all the fan mcgubbins, I watched it to see adventures in time and space.

  • Dono Nuts

    July 4th, 2017 - 6:55am

    I don’t think we’ll see the Master again, the story’s dead and I don’t care about the relationship between the Doctor and Master anymore, it was so badly written these last few series. Definitely time for a new direction.

  • Dono Nuts

    July 4th, 2017 - 6:48am

    Amen Tim M , we need to leave Gallifrey alone and all the meddling with the Doctors past this is why the show has lost the casual viewer.

  • Mick181

    July 4th, 2017 - 5:34am

    Sounds a bit like a repeat of David Tennants regeneration when he visited everyone or Mat Smiths with Amy just before they regenerated.

  • Tim M

    July 3rd, 2017 - 11:10pm

    Maybe on Xmas Day David Bradley as the First Doctor could hold a glass of bubbly aloft in his hand, turn to camera and wish “a merry Christmas to you at home”. 🙂 I think that scene is actually an extra on the ‘Adventure in Space and Time’ DVD. They could include it after the end credits maybe?

  • Stop that TARDIS

    July 3rd, 2017 - 11:03pm

    Clara, Bill and Nardole will all appear in this special as well,for a scene.

  • Whotube

    July 3rd, 2017 - 9:39pm

    I would love kris marshall to be the next doctor because my family has just been on watch which hasnt been on in years. So it might be a nod to him being the doctor

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