It’s the end of the line, FanFam. Both for Peter Capaldi’s run on Doctor Who and for Steven Moffat showrunner era. While some of us might be rejoicing at the latter’s exit, we’ve still got a final special to see to the end. So what do we have in store?
Well, the big buzz topic we’ve been waiting for is the return of the First Doctor. Obviously, the show couldn’t bring back William Hartnell, but they went for the next best option, casting David Bradley. I, for one, am thrilled to see Bradley get a chance to break from the Argus Filches and Walder Freys he so terrifically plays, and have a chance to play a beloved character finally. He’s all over the trailer, and the bit about the First’s bewilderment over sunglasses is delightful.
Bill (Pearl Mackie) is back for one last adventure as well. While we certainly had our opinions on how Moffat handled her during her tenure as a companion, I’m happy to see she gets to see the Doctor alive and whole again, even if it is a goodbye.
Because oh yes, in spite of all the other wacky hijinks and grand stakes, this special has one major purpose. To say goodbye to the Twelfth Doctor and usher in a brand new era. The much-hyped Thirteenth Doctor’s age is upon us, with our first ever woman incarnation played by Jodie Whittaker. Whittaker’s time as the Doctor will fall under new showrunner Chris Chibnall’s era, and we can’t wait to see their adventures.
But first, the farewell. The Doctor Who special, “Twice Upon a Time”, airs on Christmas Night at 9:00 pm ET on BBC America. For bonus points, don’t miss the special Doctor Who: Farewell to Peter Capaldi immediately following “Twice Upon a Time.”