Last night, BBC aired the final episode of Doctor Who featuring Jodie Whittaker in the lead role. As the first woman to play the Doctor, her tenure was historic, and returning showrunner Russell T Davies intends to keep breaking new ground. Starting in season 14, Ncuti Gatwa will become the first person of color to play the Doctor; he’ll play the Fifteenth Doctor, to be specific.
But wait…if Whittaker played the Thirteenth Doctor and Gatwa is playing the Fifteenth, who’s in between? Well, during Whittaker’s goodbye episode, we learned that the Fourteenth Doctor is played by none other than…David Tennant!
Yep, the man who played the Tenth Doctor is back over a decade later to do it again, at least for the length of a few specials. The Tenth Doctor’s companion Donna Noble (Catherine Tate) is back as well! This was quite a surprise and has fans eager to see what comes next.
David Tennant returns to Doctor Who as the Fourteenth Doctor
Speaking to BBC’s Today, Tennant said that he was “worried it would be difficult to get in the groove again but it has been straightforward.”
We’ve managed to keep the essence of the show and the world now has a very exciting moment to look forward to. Doctor Who was a wonderful time in my life and it runs through me like a stick of rock so to be part of that show, go on that journey and return to it when I thought it was a memory has been an absolute present.
I’ll assume that “runs through me like a stick of rock” is a British thing. Doctor Who is Britain’s number one cultural export, after all.
Davies is clearly delighting in people’s surprise. “If you thought the appearance of David Tennant was a shock, we’ve got plenty more surprises on the way,” he said. “The path to Ncuti’s Fifteenth Doctor is laden with mystery, horror, robots, puppets, danger and fun. And how is it connected to the return of the wonderful Donna Noble? How, what, why? We’re giving you a year to speculate, and then all hell lets loose.”
New Doctor Who specials will air in 2023.