It’s been a long time in coming, but almost a year after Jodie Whittaker announced she would be leaving the BBC’s flagship science fiction show Doctor Who, we finally know when we’ll see her final episode, The Power of the Doctor, play out on screen.
Whittaker’s final story as pilot of the TARDIS will be 90 minutes long, with The Power of the Doctor airing at 7.30pm on Sunday 23rd October and running until 9pm on BBC One in the UK.
The BBC official synopsis for the episode reads: “In this feature-length special to mark her last adventure, Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor must fight for her very existence against her deadliest enemies: the Daleks, the Cybermen and her arch-nemesis, the Master.
“Who is attacking a speeding bullet train on the edges of a distant galaxy? Why are seismologists going missing from 21st-century Earth? Who is defacing some of history’s most iconic paintings? Why is a Dalek trying to make contact with the Doctor? And just what hold does the mesmeric Rasputin have over Tsar Nicholas II in 1916 Russia?”
The episode is the last of the era of Chris Chibnall as showrunner of the programme before Russell T Davies returns to oversee the 60th anniversary specials in 2023 where David Tennant and Catherine Tate will return to the show and a new season of the programme starring Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa as the next incarnation of the Doctor.
The Power of the Doctor will see the return of a number of the Doctor’s biggest foes including The Master, the Cybermen and The Daleks as well as old friends in the shape of Ace and Tegan, played by Sophie Aldred and Janet Fielding.
In the trailer for The Power of the Doctor, we see what appears to be the first stages of Jodie Whittaker’s regeneration, but it is not clear if this will play out in its entirety in this episode, or if we need to wait longer to see the new Doctor on screen.