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July 1st, 2017 144 comments

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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.



  • the ergon

    July 11th, 2017 - 2:30pm

    I think daisy waterstone from ‘the durrells’ would make a good choice for a companion whoever the new doctor turns out to be

  • Quantum PC

    July 11th, 2017 - 2:06pm

    it shouldn’t be a box ticking exercise but if i had to tick that box, i would go for Mr T…i aint getting in no TARDIS fool,

  • Doctor Stu

    July 10th, 2017 - 8:41pm

    The Christmas special has wrapped (lol) so surely the thirteenth Doctor has had their first scene, I’d love for it to be a surprise on Christmas Day but as that’s virtually impossible there should be an announcement or leak any day soon

  • Exterminator

    July 10th, 2017 - 1:37pm

    I just bet on Alexander Vlahos as the next Doctor. He’s 50/1 with William Hill but there’s a maximum bet of £4. I’ll get £200 if it’s him.

  • Exterminator

    July 10th, 2017 - 12:27pm

    I too would love the next Doctor to be Ben Whishaw but apparently Alexander Vlahos (Merlin and Versailles) has been talking about how much he’s a fan of Dr Who recently, he’d be amazing as the Dr. I’m not really a fan of Kris Marshall so I hope it’s not him to be honest.

  • Tim M

    July 10th, 2017 - 10:46am

    I actually want a non white male Doctor, before we get a female Doctor. I think that box needs to be ticked first.

  • Doctor Stu

    July 9th, 2017 - 11:56pm

    I’d love a non white doctor but I really want Ben whishaw to get the part who is neither non white or a woman so

  • Mick181

    July 9th, 2017 - 11:23pm

    I just don’t get the hatred for Clara, she is not my all time favourite companion (Sarah Jane) but far from my lest favourite one either (every single one from 81-89). What do you want from your Companions? One that will do nothing but stand there and scream whilst a monster walks slowly towards them or do you want a full range of characters each different to the one before.
    Say one thing for Moffatt he’s 5 Companions Amy, Rory, River, Clara & Bill have been 5 very different characters.

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    July 9th, 2017 - 10:19pm

    So, with all this fuss about the possibility of a female Doctor, how about a non-white/non-British Doctor? I’m interested to see where people stand there. For the sake of argument, let’s assume male.

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    July 9th, 2017 - 10:13pm

    I understand your point, Saying It How It Is, and it’s actually kinda why I was originally against the idea. However, the only reason you’ve really provided there for why the Doctor shouldn’t be a woman is that the character hasn’t ever been before (as far as we know). But that doesn’t mean he can’t be. Since it has been firmly established that Time Lords can and do change gender sometimes, my opinion is simply that the casting (which has already been done anyway according to RTD) should be done irregardless of gender so whoever is the best choice for the role gets the role.

    Just to clarify that, I think it should *not* be done for the sake of political correctness nor because the show ‘needs’ a female Doctor. What I’m actually saying is simply that the option clearly exists so why does it matter if a time travelling alien with 2 hearts is a woman?

    The only possible argument I can see against it is the potential damage to the show as highlighted by Pats86/therealwhovan83. It is undeniable that the fan base is somewhat split over the issue. However, I find myself in agreement with Mick181 here. I think it’d simply depend on how well it’s done with a female Doctor and whether or not she and the writers/producers and so on and draw the viewers in.

    Anyway, looking at reports, I suspect that the ‘safe’ option has been taken and another male Doctor has been cast.

  • Saying It How It Is

    July 9th, 2017 - 9:25pm

    For the majority of us, i am saying this. Doctor Who is a male, has been since the very first episode. In the shows canon, he may have been a girl before, but we, the viewers, didnt know him back then. The format has always been a male Doctor and mainly a female assistant/companion, whatever you like to call them.

    I have nothing against women as actors, there are loads of them, although some cant act to save their lives, and some can. But the show does not need a woman Doctor.

    Yes Romana, The Rani and random Gallifreyans have been female, but they were secondary characters. The Master was a female in the form of Missy, but again, a secondary character.

    Its not to do with any nonsense that a woman would be a damsel in distress i:e Penelope Pitstop, but simply that The Doctor is and always should, only ever be a man.

  • Pats86

    July 9th, 2017 - 9:20pm

    therealwhovian I suspect you are correct, it could be a disaster.

  • Doctor Stu

    July 9th, 2017 - 3:29pm

    ‘Create a spin off show and give them a woman Doctor so people who want it can go and watch that instead’ erm wow no.
    its high time the Doctor became a female but it doesn’t help with the media demanding it after every regeneration as it would look like a publicity stunt. How Would did you feel as a woman in that role thinking that you were cast notably because you’re a woman and nothing more.

  • The Outcast

    July 9th, 2017 - 2:19pm

    I don’t see the need for the Doctor to be female to be honest. I’m not against the idea, but I don’t see why he needs to become a female.

  • Mick181

    July 9th, 2017 - 1:06pm

    They get the Actress/Actor right give them the right stories with good directors and writers than a woman could be a great doctor. Wrong Actor/Actors, poor characters and Dr Who goes downhill a-la the 1980s, irrespective of whether the Dr is Male or Female.

  • therealwhovian63

    July 8th, 2017 - 11:35pm

    Create a alternate umiverse spin off and have the soctor a female in it so it doesnt ruin doctor who. Thats fine by me but dont let a female ruin it. Instead create a seperate show for the ones who want it and let the 1 million of them watch it. Dont get doctor who canceled again.

  • therealwhovian63

    July 8th, 2017 - 11:33pm

    As a long time fan i can assure you a female would be a mistake. Mabye the first few episodes will hit record breaking highs however nothing lasts forever soon people will be board and old fans will flock to another tv show

  • r1ch1e

    July 8th, 2017 - 10:09pm

    I think female too. I think it’s time now. I would love Hayley Attwel or Jodie Whittaker

  • Anonymous

    July 8th, 2017 - 9:58pm

    Well people are allowed opinions, of course people are bias about old who. Let’s be real, a good chunk of people that don’t like new who is just because it doesn’t have the nolstalgia value ect. Personally I love it All! 🙂

  • Anonymous

    July 8th, 2017 - 9:38pm

    The Christmas Invasion 1/12
    The Runaway Bride 2/12
    The Voyage of the Damned 3/12
    The Next Doctor 4/12
    The End of Time 5/12
    A Christmas Carol 6/12
    The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe 7/12
    The Snowmen 8/12
    The Time of The Doctor 9/12
    Last Christmas 10/12
    The Husbands of River Song 11/12
    Return of Doctor Mysterio 12/12

  • Anonymous

    July 8th, 2017 - 9:34pm

    The amount of hate that Clara gets is unjustified and petty. I think people should stop it, because if someone offended our beloved Sarah Jane then everyone would be complaining.

  • Anonymous

    July 8th, 2017 - 9:32pm

    I hope not

  • Anonymous

    July 8th, 2017 - 9:32pm

    Female please

  • 100,000BC

    July 8th, 2017 - 6:22pm

    Alpha Centauri for the next Doctor!!

  • r1ch1e

    July 8th, 2017 - 10:53am

    Anonymous I’m sorry,I was just raising a thought. But I assure you I am not a Moffat hater!

  • r1ch1e

    July 8th, 2017 - 10:49am

    Could be a Hermaphradite Hexapod!

  • Doctor Stu

    July 7th, 2017 - 10:52pm

    I think everyone hopes the next Doctor is male or female

  • Anonymous

    July 7th, 2017 - 9:51pm

    Male OR Female?
    What else could they be?

  • fiona ting

    July 7th, 2017 - 3:07pm

    I hope next Doctor is male or female for next years series 11
    and this year Christmas will be sad episode for all Doctor fan

  • Pats86

    July 6th, 2017 - 9:50pm

    The Christmas Invasion 7/10
    The Runaway Bride 4/10
    Voyage of the Damned 3/10
    The Next Doctor 4/10
    The End of Time part 1 5/10
    The End of Time part 2 5/10
    A Christmas Carol 3/10
    Doctor, Widow & Wardrobe 2/10
    The Snowmen 7/10
    The Time of the Doctor 5/10
    Last Christmas 3/10
    The Husbands of River Song 2/10
    Return of Doctor Mysterio 3/10

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