'Doctor Who' Christmas Special Clip Shows the First Doctor Hating the Modern Tardis

Friday, 17 November 2017 - 7:40PM
Doctor Who
Friday, 17 November 2017 - 7:40PM
'Doctor Who' Christmas Special Clip Shows the First Doctor Hating the Modern Tardis
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It's difficult to believe that we're only barely more than a month away from Peter Capaldi's final episode as The Doctor.

For the past few years, Doctor Who episodes have been heavily rationed, with tiny slivers of deliciousness eeked out, sometimes once a year, as fans desperately wait for more. This year, we got a full season of the show, and now we're almost upon the traditional annual Christmas extravaganza, which shows up every December 25th.

This one looks to be particularly interesting, as not only is it the final episode for Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor (regeneration episodes are always the highlight of the Doctor Who cycle), but the episode will also see the return of the First Doctor, now played by David Bradley, who's well known for playing grouches like Argus Filch and Walder Frey.

Based on the brand new clip that the BBC has just released, Bradley's going to do a pretty good job in the role, and this Christmas special is going to be a particularly special event all around. See the footage below:

Doctor team-up episodes are always something to behold. The last time we got one of these, it was 2012, in the show's fiftieth anniversary special episode.

While bringing in a new actor to replace the late William Hartnell (the original First Doctor) might seem a little risky, the clip shows just how well David Bradley takes to the role. This is unsurprising - not only is this not his first time appearing in Doctor Who (he played a disposable villain in the Matt Smith-era episode Dinosaurs on a Spaceship), but he's also played William Hartnell in a biopic about the early days of the popular science fiction show.

No doubt his performance in An Adventure in Space and Time is what motivated showrunner Steven Moffatt to include Bradley in his very last episode while at the helm of the iconic series, and the way One bounces off Twelve in the short clip is really a lot of fun. Here are two seasoned actors, both incredibly capable in their own way, playing two very different version of The Doctor in a way that brings out the best in each other.

Also returning is Mark Gatiss, a longtime Doctor Who writer who is most famous for appearing as Mycroft in Sherlock, but who also turned up as yet another disposable villain in a David Tennant-era adventure. Apparently it's a rite of passage for all British actors to play a baddie on the show at least once, and presumably anyone who shows up multiple times across different spin-off shows (like Capaldi himself) can eventually get enough stamps on their loyalty card to get to play the Doctor eventually.

While she doesn't show up in this particular clip, it's also been confirmed Pearl Mackie, who plays the wonderful Bill Potts, will also show up at some point, despite her story arc being completely resolved at the end of season eleven earlier this year. There's always a way for characters to return in Doctor Who, and this episode really does have the feel of a victory lap for the show's production team as they get back a bunch of familiar faces for one last wacky adventure.

New showrunner Chris Chibnall will be taking over the reins of Doctor Who next year, and his lead actor, Jodie Whittaker, certainly looks like she's going to be an incredible Doctor.

At the same time, though, it's a shame to see Capaldi bow out, especially considering all the fantastic potential that this Christmas special appears to have. No doubt this one episode will only brush the surface of what's possible with David Bradley and Peter Capaldi both playing The Doctor at the same time, and it's almost sad that we won't get more episodes with the First Doctor in the near future - unless Bradley also hangs around for the start of the new season next year.

Either way, Capaldi is going to leave us wanting more, and that's probably wise. We can all hope for a rocky electric guitar-themed encore a few years down the line.

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