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Doctor Who: The Power of the Doctor: Fans in awe as David Tennant returns

By Phebe Williams Oct 31, 2022
The TardisThe Tardis Photo: Gregory Stewart/Unsplash

Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall bowed out of the Tardis with a thrilling ride of non-stop surprises and nostalgia as the era of the female Doctor ended.

The BBC’s Doctor Who saw the 13th Doctor go out with a bang. Seven Time Lords and the blue box full of companions (which is a parallel to a 10th Doctor episode) waved off Jodie Whittaker’s incarnation in perfect style. The episode was a wonderful roller-coaster of adventure for any Whovian.

This feature-length special for the BBC’s centenary, was perhaps
the best episode of Chris Chibnall’s five-year stint as showrunner.

Jodie Whittaker on set of Doctor who
Jodie Whittaker on location in Grange Gardens. Photo: Darren Griffiths/Huw Evans/Shutterstock

For her final battle, the Doctor faced a showdown with arch foe The Master (Sacha Dhawan), who teamed up with the Daleks and Cybermen to try to destroy humanity and take over Earth. The Time Lord was reunited with classic Who companions as well as Unit HQ.

Chibnall brought a confusing plotline of the Master’s plan, which only pieced together in my mind when I remembered what was to come next.

It truly was a jam-packed episode of a time traveling hop around the globe taking in Rasputin’s hypnotic hold over Tsar Nicholas, art thefts, volcanic eruptions and collapsing buildings.

When the Master half-killed her, the Doctor was visited by five of her former selves: Colin Baker, Peter Davison, Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy and David Bradley as William Hartnell. It was a spine-tingling.

When the Doctor was fatally wounded in the process and her body began to
regenerate, there was a tearful farewell with companion Yaz in an emotional
moment.

Despite the episode itself, the most talked about part was the last five minutes. Stood in Jodie’s place was not the newly announced Ncuti Gatwa, who will now be the 15th Doctor, but the 10th Doctor himself as the new 14th Doctor.

The cliff-hanger left fans in a state of excitement with fan favourite David Tennant back and with him the sense of fun and excitement back in the show.

David Tennant and Catherine Tate as Donna will reunite for three episodes to celebrate the show’s 60th anniversary before Gatwa gives the Tardis it’s next spin round the universe.

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