Jodie Whittaker reveals The Power of Doctor surprise on set

The Power of the Doctor is here, the final episode of the Jodie Whittaker era in the TARDIS before we say hello to a new Doctor in the shape of Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa has arrived.

The feature-length special of the sci-fi series Doctor Who coincides with the 100th anniversary weekend celebrations for the BBC, the Corporation that created and has always broadcast the show in the UK.

But as we say goodbye to Whittaker – and showrunner Chris Chibnall, who also ends his tenure in charge of the show with The Power of the Doctor– and look forward to a new era under returning showrunner Russell T Davies, Whittaker has been looking back at her final moments on the show.

Speaking of her final day on the show, Whittaker told Digital Spy that she has received a lovely surprise from the crew.

“When I did some scenes on the TARDIS in the morning, and when we got in – the crew had lined up and they clap you, like a sports star” said Whittaker.

Added Whittaker: “Then when it was time for Mandip [Gill] to come on, and I knew it was going to happen, I was so excited!

“I was really crying and laughing and clapping. That was emotional, wasn’t it?”

The Power of the Doctor will be the last episode of Doctor Who to feature Jodie Whittaker in the main role, although she has already hinted that she would be up for a return to the programme in the future if she were to be asked.

The next scheduled shows of Doctor Who will take place in 2023 and celebrate the 60th anniversary of Doctor Who. We already know that David Tennant and Catherine Tate will be returning to the show for what is thought to be three special episodes, with many other famous alumni from the show when asked about returns (as they are often) certainly not ruling themselves out in the future.

Karen Gillan has said “never say never” about a Doctor Who return, with Jenna Coleman also remaining positive about the show, saying that Doctor Who “never leaves you” and admitting she is still in contact with her old co-stars.

Peter Capaldi, who played the Twelfth Doctor until 2017, when Jodie Whittaker joined the series, is the only major former Doctor Who star to apparently rule himself out of a multi-Doctor episode in 2023.

The Power of the Doctor premieres at 7.30pm on BBC One in the UK on Sunday 23rd October, with the show airing just a few hours later on BBC America for US audiences.