This clash of two very different versions of the same character will be at the heart of the upcoming Christmas special, titled “Twice Upon a Time.” In his final adventure, Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor will encounter his first incarnation (played by Harry Potter‘s David Bradley).
While discussing the episode in a special featurette on the season 10 DVD release, writer Steven Moffat praised Bradley’s interpretation of the part originally played by William Hartnell from
Thankfully, the Doctor Who drought will have a slight reprieve next week when our first look at the episode, titled “Twice Upon a Time,” is unveiled. A short clip will be broadcast on Friday, November 17th, as part of the Children in Need charity telethon. It will arrive at some point between 7pm and 10pm UK time and should land online shortly afterwards.
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This Christmas, Doctor Who will be taking a trip back to the 1960s as the Twelfth Doctor encounters his original incarnation. As the show’s present collides with its past, the special – titled “Twice Upon A Time” – will take the opportunity to play with changing attitudes, with the First Doctor being particularly guilty of some “gentle chauvinism.”
David Bradley, who’s portraying the role originally played by William Hartnell in the 1960s, told journalists the following at this weekend’s McM Comic-Con:
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According to David Bradley – who’s taking on the role of the First Doctor from William Hartnell – the Doctors will find each other when they’re suffering from “a personal crisis,” with both struggling to come to terms with their impending “deaths.”
“It brings together these two Doctors, who are both going through a personal crisis about [whether they should be] regenerating, or just ending it all there. And they’re both on this parallel journey of doubt and fear and everything.”
Fans will remember that Doctor No. 12 was fatally injured during
If Bradley had his way, though, he would have many more appearances as the First Doctor lined up. When asked if he’d like to return to Doctor Who at a panel during this weekend’s McM London Comic-Con, Bradley was more than enthusiastic about the idea.
“If they asked me, yes, I’d bite their hand off. I think it would be fun. So far, I’m very happy to have been involved in both [Doctor Who and An Adventure in Space of Time]. It’s quite something, you never expect in your
After all, ever since the announcement that Whittaker would be portraying the character, a number of people involved with the sci-fi series, both past and present, have congratulated the actress – including Peter Capaldi, Colin Baker, Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant, among others. Now, you can add one more to the list, as David Bradley has spoken up as well, showering nothing but praise on Whittaker in the process.
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As previously rumoured, Bradley Walsh will be joining the series as companion Graham, along with Hollyoaks’ Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole as Yasmin and Ryan.
“The new Doctor is going to need new friends,” states new showrunner Chris Chibnall. “We’re thrilled to welcome Mandip, Tosin and Bradley to the Doctor Who family. They’re three of Britain’s brightest talents and we can’t wait to see them dive into brand new adventures with Jodie’s Doctor. Alongside them, we’re delighted that Sharon D Clarke is also joining the show.”
“I remember watching William Hartnell as the first Doctor,” added Walsh. “Black and white made it very scary for a youngster like myself. I was petrified but even though I’d
First up, we can tell you who’ll be joining Whittaker in the Tardis. Yes, it turns out that those earlier rumours were right and British comedian Bradley Walsh is stepping on board the time machine as the Doctor’s latest companion. Apparently, he’ll be playing a character named Graham.
The twist is, though, that the Doctor and Graham will have two other friends joining them on their travels. Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill (both previously seen in British soap opera Hollyoaks) are signing up for regular roles on the sci-fi show. Cole will be playing Ryan while Gill will take on the part of Yasmin.
The tabloid is reporting that the new series will revamp the format of the show, running for ten hour-long episodes, as opposed to twelve or thirteen 45-minute episodes. Meanwhile, Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor will be getting a new sonic screwdriver, while the interior of the Tardis will also be given a complete overhaul for its first female Doctor.
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Jodie Whittaker is set to make her debut in the upcoming Christmas Special ‘Twice Upon a Time’, which will mark Peter Capaldi’s final appearance as the Twelfth Doctor and also features David Bradley in
However, it was still shrouded in mystery exactly what Bill’s role in the special would be. Was she due to make a quick cameo? Or would she stick around for the whole episode? Evidence is now mounting that suggests the latter, as new comments from Mackie confirm that her character will interact with the special’s big guest star – Harry Potter‘s David Bradley, who’ll be stepping into William Hartnell’s shoes to portray the First Doctor.
Mackie was chatting to
It appears that the special will be even more of a love letter to the past than we realized, though, as some new comments from director Rachel Talalay suggest that whole scenes from a classic story will be recreated in the new episode. We know that the First Doctor we meet in this instalment will be at the end of his life, which means there will definitely be some crossover with 1966’s “The Tenth Planet,” which saw Doctor No. 1 regenerate into Doctor No. 2.
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We don’t know too much about it just yet, but writer Steven Moffat has previously revealed that the episode will explore how different the Doctor is now to when he first started. That’s certainly an interesting route to head down, and if recent comments from the outgoing showrunner are any indication, we should expect something pretty emotional from the upcoming instalment as well.
In a recent video message, Moffat gave a brief update on where they’re at with the special,
To commemorate the anniversary of the popular Doctor Who-themed YouTube channel Babelcolour, Moffat provided a special message in which he also talked about what’s to come on the sci-fi show.
“Doctor Who has an amazing future, and I’ve seen part of it. I’ve seen Jodie’s first scene as the Doctor, and, trust me, we are in for a thrill ride. She is already brilliant. In such a tiny moment, she’s given us the Doctor we’ve always known, but in, to say the least, a new way.
It’s a casting milestone that had been long on the cards – at one point, Han Solo actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge emerged as the out-and-out frontrunner – and this Christmas, we’ll see Peter Capaldi hand over the keys to the Tardis in the festive-themed “Twice Upon a Time.”
But for all of the excitement and often short-sighted furor that Whittaker’s casting has caused, one argument that keeps coming up is that choosing a female for the role was a political move. According to former showrunner Russell T. Davies though, that’s simply not true.
Of course, it’s Davies who fans have to thank for reimagining the series into the smash hit it is today, as he brought Doctor Who back in 2005 and saw it through
Radio Times is claiming that Coleman has been asked by the BBC to come back for the upcoming Christmas special. While the outlet admits that they don’t have any word on whether she’s accepted the offer, it’s likely that the actress has agreed to reprise her role. It’s for a special occasion, after all: the episode will be Peter Capaldi’s final time playing the Doctor, before handing the keys to the Tardis over to Jodie Whittaker.
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If Jenna Coleman was to return, as has been rumoured before,
Speaking at London Film and Comic-Con on Sunday, Harry Potter star David Bradley (who takes over the role originally played by William Hartnell in the special) explained what the two Doctors’ relationship will be like:
“What we did emphasise [about the First Doctor] was the old fashioned nature and how he is from the 60s. He goes into the Twelfth Doctor’s Tardis and says ‘it’s a bit dusty around here, it’s
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