Doctor Who Christmas Special Review: The Series Embraces Change

30 December, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Doctor Who Christmas 2017

And as has become tradition in recent years, the long-running series' annual Christmas special saw Whittaker make her first appearance in the role, taking over from Peter Capaldi, who has played the twelfth incarnation of the character since 2014.

Capaldi's portrayal of the iconic time travelling alien from Gallifrey was met with universal critical acclaim.

Millions of Whovians will be anxiously awaiting the first words from Whittaker's Thirteenth Doctor which will close the episode.

Capaldi's tenure coincided with an overall darker era; he filmed, an appropriately numbered, twelve 12-rated episodes.

Jenna Coleman was heralded as she returned to Doctor Who on Christmas Day.

David Bradley and Peter Capaldi in Twice Upon a Time

However that can also be attributed to extenuating circumstances, specifically the increased popularity of catch-up TV and the show being shunted around the schedules to accommodate other programmes.

"It's more than an honour to play the Doctor", she added. There's not too much in the way of spoilers for the rest of Capaldi's last episode here - Whittaker's casting has been known for months - but if you're really concerned about having anything spoiled for you, it's probably best to watch the special first.

Outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat (also responsible for Sherlock) has already commented that Whittaker's debut in the story instantly made him laugh.

After 54 years and 826 episodes, the Doctor has regenerated as a woman.

Historically, the Christmas Special itself was actually non-existent until Russell T Davies rebooted the show, introducing Doctor Who to a whole new generation in the Noughties. The special will be titled "Twice Upon a Time".




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