The end of an era is nearly upon us. The last ever episode of Jodie Whittaker’s tenure as the famous Doctor Who Timelord will be broadcast in the second half of 2022 as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations. As well as being the last time we will see Jodie Whittaker in the central role, it will also be the end of the road for Chris Chibnall as the showrunner of Doctor Who after taking over from Steven Moffat in 2017.
Chibnall will be replaced – in what many Whovians will see as a sensational return – by Russell T Davies at the helm of the show, the man who brought Doctor Who back to the air in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth incarnation of the character.
But before the excitement of a new era of Who (well technically an old era returning with RTD) there is the small matter of the centenary send off for the old guard of which more details have now been revealed – most notably perhaps that not one but two classic companions will be returning to the show.
Janet Fielding, who played Tegan Jovanka in the early 1980s will be back alongside Sophie Aldred, who played Ace opposite Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor for three years before the show was axed in 1989. The pair will be joined by other less friendly faces, namely the Daleks and the Cybermen, who no doubt will be causing trouble for the departing Doctor and her companions. There will also be a return for Sacha Dhawan as The Master, which is clearly setting up an epic battle between good and evil in what is sure to be an eventful episode.
The news was revealed in a teaser clip of the centenary show after the Easter one-off episode of Doctor Who, Legend of the Sea Devil, broadcast.
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Speaking of her return to the show, Fielding said: “In some ways it was a very different experience to what it was like when I finished recording in 1983, but in many ways it was very similar. It was so lovely to be a working member of the Doctor Who family again.”
Sophie Aldred added: “It’s been quite a challenge to have such a big secret to keep, even from my family, and I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to have been asked back.
“I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I adored being part of the Tardis team again.”
Chris Chibnall teased the audience by revealing: “Jodie’s final feature-length story contains a plethora of treats and surprises for audiences and fans, not least the return of two of the most beloved companions in the show’s history.
“They’ll be helping the Doctor fight on three fronts, against her deadliest enemies: the Master, Daleks and Cybermen, in one huge story.
“For the BBC’s centenary, we’ll be celebrating the past, present and future of Doctor Who in a fittingly thrilling, epic and emotional send-off for the 13th Doctor.”
At present no further details of the story, the broadcast date or the length of the feature-length episode have been revealed. But we’ll be keeping our eyes our for more details very soon.