So, Saturday saw the series final of Doctor Who and Capaldi’s final regular appearance in the show, except for his final final appearance in the Christmas special.
Well the BBC has released a little more information about the Christmas special. In a press release, they say: “The closing moments of this evening’s Doctor Who series ten finale revealed that this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special will be a multi-Doctor adventure featuring the current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and the First Doctor (David Bradley).
The cliff-hanger ending saw the Doctor fatally shot by a Mondasian Cyberman and begin to regenerate. Stepping out of the TARDIS into an arctic landscape, he fought off the glowing regeneration energy and fell to his knees, vowing that this time he would not live on and change into a new Doctor.
This was declared ‘ridiculous’ by an approaching figure, who mocked the Doctor as he stepped forward through the snow to reveal himself as the very first incarnation of the Time Lord (“The original, you might say”) just before the credits rolled. The story will continue at Christmas.
Further casting and details for the Doctor Who Christmas special will be revealed in due course. As previously announced, the special will serve as Peter Capaldi’s farewell to the series, and will feature the debut of the next Doctor.”
Also, regarding Bill Pott’s rather ambitious ending which saw the companions body/soul exit her cyberman conversion suit, saved by Heather from “The Pilot” before the pair exit into space to face new adventures, exiting showrunner Steven Moffat told Digitalspy, “I don’t think she is dead, she doesn’t die. I don’t think Doctor Who is that kind of show. Doctor Who is a big-hearted, optimistic show that believes in kindness and love and that wisdom will triumph in the end. I don’t believe it’s the kind of show that says there are bitter, twisted, nasty endings because it’s not. It’s not gritty – it’s aspirational. It says, ‘It can work. And wisdom and kindness will triumph. And love will always come through in the end.’I think there aren’t enough people or enough shows saying that and I’m damned if Doctor Who is going to join in with the general chorus of despair. So, she doesn’t die. She nearly dies and becomes something else.”
So, the Christmas special, which sees David Bradley (who played William Hartnell in BBC drama “An Adventure in Space and Time”) reprise his role as the first doctor, replacing the late William Hartnell – I tried really hard to word this in a way which would make sense, not sure I succeeded 😉 People are guessing that maybe the Christmas special will follow a similar story to It’s a Wonderful Life (classic Christmas film where a man who tries to kill himself is shown by an angel what life would be like if he was to succeed and die), following a suicidal twelfth doctor who’s trying not to regenerate, being shown why he MUST regenerate and continue to do good. Yes we know he will regenerate, but this twist of having the first doctor return is an ambitious turn of events, and it’ll be a long wait until Defcember 25th.