“Harry Potter” and “Game of Thrones” actor David Bradley is rumored to be taking on the role of The First Doctor in this year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special.
Bradley starred as late actor William Hartnell in the 50th anniversary biopic “An Adventure in Space and Time” in 2013 about the genesis of “Doctor Who,” and so has already technically played The First Doctor before.
The report comes from The Mirror which suggests The First Doctor will effectively serve as the companion for the special, and that the storyline will link back to the 50th Anniversary episode “The Day of the Doctor” – with the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) on a final mission to save Gallifrey from destruction in the Time War.
This will tie back to Capaldi’s very first (and brief) appearance in the role in “The Day of the Doctor,” and would also explain the more recent plot hole of how Gallifrey escaped its pocket universe and ended up back in ours albeit billions of years in the future.
After the passing of Hartnell, actor Richard Hurndall took on the role of The First Doctor in the 1983 TV special “The Five Doctors” so the idea of new actors playing previous incarnations of the role isn’t unprecedented. The Christmas special is expected to begin filming in June.