Long-running rumors about Peter Capaldi’s last Doctor Who Christmas special were confirmed Saturday by the Series 10 finale, “The Doctor Falls.” Spoilers!
The appearance of two Masters in the season finale has been out of the bag all season, along with the return of the original Mondasian Cybermen. But for almost as long rumors have said David Bradley would return as the First Doctor for this year’s Christmas special, which will see the latest incarnation transform into the 13th Doctor.
The original 1963-66 incarnation of the itinerant Time Lord was played by William Hartnell (and by Richard Hurndall in the 20th anniversary special, “The Five Doctors”), but Bradley of Harry Potter film fame seamlessly stepped into the late Hartnell’s shoes in the 50th anniversary docu-drama “An Adventure in Space and Time.”
Now it’s confirmed:
The Doctors will return at Christmas.
The BBC Press Office released the following statement and photos after the episode aired in the U.K.:
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 Time Lord (“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.