In a story from the Mirror in the UK, it appears that the Doctor will have a unique time travelling companion in the Doctor Who Christmas Special – in the shape of his first incarnation.
Harry Potter star David Bradley will reprise his role as the 1st Doctor, originally played by William Hartnell. Bradley previously portrayed the actor behind the first Timelord for the BBC sci-fi show’s 50th drama An Adventure In Space and Time.
He will flank Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor in this year’s festive outing, following the departure of Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts at the end of this series (despite much cheers from us here at TG2 Studios after her amazing debut on Saturday).
In the plot, the 1st Doctor has to help the 12th play out his last mission in the TARDIS. The pair must work together to save home planet Gallifrey by moving it to another dimension. The Mirror also reports that fans will discover the close-up shot of Capaldi’s eyes from the 50th special, The Day of the Doctor, was actually the start of his own regeneration. The scene, which was the only glimpse that viewers got of Matt Smith’s successor during the entire episode, will be returned to at Christmas as Capaldi transforms into the 13th Doctor.
Bradley, 73, is best known for his role as Argus Filch in the Potter films and as the suicidal newsagent in the first series of Broadchurch.
He first played Hartnell’s Doctor in drama-documentary An Adventure in Time and Space.
An insider revealed: “David was convincing as Hartnell, it’s exciting he’s back.
“Four years ago it took all the previous Doctors to save Gallifrey, so maybe some of the others will also pop up in Capaldi’s swansong.
“It’s great that the 1st Doctor will be there to help out during those all-important regeneration moments.”
Hartnell, who died in 1975, played the 1st Doctor from 1963 to 1966.
Now is this all true? It’s hard to say as none of this has been verified as of yet by the BBC, so we will remain skeptical, but hopeful at the same time. We loved David Bradley in An Adventure in Time and Space and have been saying ever since that if the show wanted to bring back the first Doctor, doing so with Bradley would be the best, and most honorable way to do so.
As for the accuracy of the story, only time will tell, but once we learn any more details, either verifying or denying, we will share it with all of you here…. But wouldn’t that be awesome if it were true???
How accurate does this story sound to you? The Doctor Who rumor mill is a strong one, so do you think there is any truth to this story? Would you like to see this happen, if not in the Christmas Special, in some other future episode of the series? Should Doctor Who just stay away from “multiple Doctor” episodes completely?
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