It appears Peter Capaldi's iteration of Doctor Who won't be going out on his own in this year's Christmas Special, as new set photos seem to confirm that he'll have some excellent company - himself.
Capaldi announced the current tenth season of the revived Doctor Who would be his last in the TARDIS shortly before the season began. It's been a well received swan song, as new companions Bill and Nardole have become fan favorites, and the Doctor has had memorable encounters with classic villains like the Cybermen and the Master, played by both Michelle Gomez and John Simm.
It seems as if the Master isn't the only Time Lord who will be pulling double duty, however. Twitter user @GirlyLetters has revealed a series of set photos from the upcoming Christmas Special that seem to confirm a simmering rumor - Capaldi's final adventure as the Twelfth Doctor will be alongside the First Doctor.
— Girly Letters (@GirlyLetters) June 29, 2017
Originally portrayed by the late William Hartnell (he was also portrayed by Richard Hurndall in an early '80s anniversary special), the First Doctor is likely to be portrayed by Harry Potter veteran David Bradley. Bradley not only has a history with Doctor Who itself, but portrayed Hartnell in the 2013 docudrama An Adventure In Space And Time, which chronicled the origins of the British science fiction institution in the early 1960s. It was a universally hailed performance, and fans have been clamoring for Bradley to reprise the role in the series proper. Steven Moffat, the outgoing Doctor Who showrunner, seems to be delivering a heck of a final Christmas present for those fans.
This will be the first time Capaldi's Doctor has interacted with another regeneration of himself in any real capacity. He just narrowly missed out on the 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor," in which David Tennant's Tenth Doctor and Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor encountered a secret regeneration of themselves, the War Doctor, played by the late John Hurt (Capaldi's eyebrows do make a brief, memorable cameo).
Capaldi is known to be a lifelong Doctor Who obsessive (he was notoriously a founding member of the inaugural Doctor Who fan club), so it seems appropriate for him to bow out in the presence of a Doctor literally from his childhood. Very few further details of the Christmas Special are known at this point, but Saturday's season finale, "The Doctor Falls," will likely set the stage for a memorable sendoff for Capaldi, who has breathed new life into the show during his three year tenure. The new Doctor will have a tough job - directly following in the footsteps of not only Capaldi, but seemingly the original version of the Time Lord as well.
Doctor Who season 10 concludes Saturday July 1 with ‘The Doctor Falls’ @9pm on BBC America.
Source: Girly Letters