“Doctor Who” fans have been drenched in nostalgia after David Tennant reprised his function as the Time Lord in the dramatic conclusion to the present’s BBC centenary particular.
Sunday’s 90-minute episode of the long-running sci-fi present, titled “The Power of the Doctor,” ended with Jodie Whittaker’s character unexpectedly regenerating into Tennant in her remaining look as the thirteenth Doctor.
“I do know these enamel,” Tennant mentioned — a reference to the tenth Doctor’s first phrases — “New enamel… that is bizarre” — again in 2005.
The sudden plot twist got here after months of speculation on how Whittaker’s exit could be dealt with forward of Ncuti Gatwa changing her as lead, and delighted viewers flocked to social media to specific their pleasure.
“Omg, David Tennant again as the physician, finest regeneration ever,” one individual wrote on Twitter.
Another mentioned: “9 yr outdated me who sobbed for every week as soon as David Tennant regenerated is throwing a f**king occasion proper now.”
A 3rd wrote: “Seeing David Tennant again on display screen as the physician has barely healed my interior youngster.”
Tennant advised BBC News: “What a beautiful, pretty factor to get to revisit one thing that was such a beautiful, joyful, important time in my life.”
After the present aired, the BBC launched a teaser for subsequent yr’s Sixtieth-anniversary episodes, which characteristic the Scottish actor, who performed the Doctor between 2005 and 2010, as the 14th incarnation. The clip additionally confirmed that Catherine Tate might be reprising her function as his former companion, Donna Noble, for 3 particular episodes set to air in November subsequent yr.
Ncuti Gatwa will then take management of the TARDIS as the fifteenth Doctor, along with his first episode attributable to air over the festive interval in 2023, the BBC mentioned.
“If you thought the look of David Tennant was a shock, we have a lot extra surprises on the method!” mentioned showrunner Russell T. Davies in an announcement. “The path to Ncuti’s Fifteenth Doctor is laden with thriller, horror, robots, puppets, hazard and enjoyable! And how is it linked to the return of the fantastic Donna Noble? How, what, why? We’re providing you with a yr to invest, after which all hell lets unfastened!”
Whittaker, who made historical past in 2017 when she succeeded Peter Capaldi to grow to be the first girl to play the Doctor, introduced her exit in July final yr.
Commenting on her resolution to step down, Whittaker mentioned her time on the present was “the finest job I’ve ever had.”