Filming has only just finished on the Christmas episode for The BBC’s “Doctor Who,” but a brief glimpse of footage from the hour-long special titled “Twice Upon a Time” has arrived following its premiere at the show’s Comic Con panel on Sunday afternoon.
The panel confirmed that Pearl Mackie will return for one final outing as Bill, while Mark Gatiss has the major supporting role behind only Peter Capaldi’s exiting twelfth Doctor and David Bradley playing the first Doctor.
Showrunner Steven Moffat has revealed that the new episode involves the First and Twelfth Doctors both refusing to regenerate and so both go on an adventure with Gatiss’ character who is called ‘The Captain’.
Talk also addressed the hiring of Jodie Whittaker in the role and Moffat had some words for all the media writing about it:
“There has been so many press articles about a backlash among the Doctor Who fandom about casting a female Doctor. There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative Doctor Who fandom has utterly embraced that change completely.
Eighty-percent approval on social media, not that I check these things obsessively. So many people wanting to pretend there is a problem. There isn’t. It’s been incredibly progressive and enlightened and that’s what really happened. I wish every other journalist who is writing the alternative would shut the hell up.”
Capaldi meanwhile has nothing but praise for his replacement:
“I think Jodie is going to be amazing. I spoke to her the other day and she’s so full of excitement and passion about the show. It’s thrilling to know it’s in the hands of someone who cares for it deeply and is so excited about it. So she’s a great choice for it.”
Moffat confirms that the brief bit at the end of the episode featuring Whittaker’s new Doctor is being done by the new team. As a result, that segment will be penned by Chris Chibnall and hasn’t been shot yet.
“Doctor Who: Twice Upon a Time” airs on Christmas Day.