Doctor Who BBC centenary special details revealed

It’s not long now until the final episode of Jodie Whittaker’s time in the TARDIS, and although so far there have been very few details about the upcoming episode, which will coincide with the BBC’s centenary celebrations, that has all changed as the Corporation has released new information about the show.

The episode, which will also be the last with Chris Chibnall at the helm of Doctor Who before Russell T Davies takes full control of the franchise as the new/ old showrunner, is called The Power of the Doctor. The BBC has released a cinematic poster with the name of the show on it, alongside a picture of Whittaker (see above). The Corporation, via it’s official Doctor Who Twitter feed, has also released a number of images from the episode to get fans excited…

Alongside the text “Old friends and enemies reunite” the tweet reveals four pictures including Sophie Aldred reprising her role as Ace, the Seventh Doctor’s companion who was travelling at the TARDIS close to the end of Classic Who in the late 1980s, and there is also a picture of Janet Fielding making her comeback as Tegan Jovanka.

Another picture shows Sacha Dhawan as the Doctor’s foe The Master, opposite her current travelling companion Yaz, played by Mandip Gill.

And as if that’s not enough peril, there’s a particularly menacing shot of the revamped Cybermen in the mix too. So it looks like the Jodie Whittaker era is going to go out with a bang and not a whimper. What drama we hope to see in the world of science-fiction!

A further tweet says “Five tickets to The Power of the Doctor please” and shows us a glimpse of Kate Stewart (played by Jemma Redgrave) who we know will be returning to the show alongside Vinder (played by Jacob Anderson).

The 90-minute Centenary special will include a trio of classic enemies in the form of The Master, the Cybermen and the Daleks, as well as a cast of returning faces to the show, which will be aimed to please both new and classic Who fans on the 100th birthday of the BBC, the Corporation that has always made the show.

The episode will air in October when the BBC turns 100.

Doctor Who fans will then begin the countdown to another birthday, the 60th of Doctor Who itself, which is likely to be a three-part extravaganza in 2023, the first to be helmed by Russell T Davies as well showrunner. It is also expected to be the first show where we might see a significant performance from the incoming Doctor Who lead Ncuti Gatwa.

The episodes are still under wraps on plot points, but we do know among many returning guests there will be appearances from David Tennant as the Doctor and Catherine Tate as Donna Noble.