The Power of the Doctor has aired in the UK, and the 90-minute special, as promised – was one of the Whovians, filled with surprise returns of old friends and foes… and as expected, an emotional goodbye for Jodie Whittaker, who is leaving the show after five years at the helm of the TARDIS.
But beyond the content of the epic special which featured Daleks, Cybermen and a lot of the Master, there is one element that will have Whovians talking more than anything else… the regeneration.
SPOILERS FOLLOW. DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU HAVE SEEN THE POWER OF THE DOCTOR.
HONESTLY, YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
There had been much speculation in recent days that the regeneration may not be a standard affair, and Chris Chibnall himself had promised surprises. Well, fans of the show certainly got that as Whittaker entered her final moments in the show, before disappearing from view on a clifftop to be regenerated into…
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No, she didn’t regenerate into Ncuti Gatwa, the Sex Education star who we know will be taking over from her full-time in the next series under Russell T Davies… she regenerated into David Tennant, the actor who played the Tenth Doctor between 2005 and 2010.
“I know these teeth,” says Tennant, looking confused.
“What, what!” he adds, before the credits roll.
However, immediately after the end titles, the BBC treated us to a sneak peek at the anniversary specials coming in 2023, and our first glimpse of Ncuti Gatwa in character as the Doctor.
“Can someone tell me what the hell is going on here!?” he asks in a brief stolen moment on camera. This a question we viewers have no better answer to at this point.
Doctor Who will return in 2023, with not one, but two different Doctors by the looks of it!