Fans will love Doctor Who Easter egg in The Power of the Doctor

We all know that upcoming Doctor Who feature-length special The Power of the Doctor is going to be a fan-pleaser, indeed, it was only recently that the Doctor herself Jodie Whittaker said it would be “one for the Whovians“.

And with the return of foes like The Master, the Daleks and the Cybermen, as well as some old friends to assist the Doctor in her final battle in this incarnation, it certainly looks like Chris Chibnall’s final show at the helm of the show is going to be a big one.

But one of the returning characters is also bringing back with her an iconic Easter egg that every classic fan will remember instantly when it appears on screen – an item that’s “sat in my wardrobe for all these years” according to its owner.

Yes, that’s right, Sophie Aldred, who will be reprising her role as Ace, last seen as companion to the Seventh Doctor Sylvester McCoy in 1989 before the show was taken off air by the BBC, is bring her famous bomber jacket back with her. And it’s not a replica – it’s the real deal.

“When I had that initial meeting with Chris [Chibnall, Doctor Who showrunner], I said, ‘I’ve still got my jacket…’ He said [gasps], ‘Have you? We’d love to see your jacket!'” She told SFX Magazine.

“So the first costume fitting, I took the jacket down to Cardiff.

“[Costume designer] Ray Holman said, ‘Can we borrow this to copy?’ and I said, ‘Why copy it? We’ll just use the jacket. You might have to sew the badges on again, though’. Because the badges notoriously always fell off.”

However, for those who think the jacket might not be looking quite as good as it dis in 1989, well Aldred admitted it pretty much is as it was!

“I don’t think there’s any way you could spruce it up, really, because you can’t wash it or anything. It must be a bit smelly!”

Sophie Aldred is one of two classic companions returning for The Power of the Doctor, alongside Janet Fielding who plays Tegan.

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The special show will coincide with the 100th birthday celebrations of the BBC, and will be the last episode to feature Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor and have Chris Chibnall as showrunner.

In 2023, fans can expect the first episodes from returning showrunner Russell T Davies, and likely we’ll get to see more of the new Doctor, Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa.