Peter Capaldi’s final episode of Doctor Who will see his incarnation of the Doctor team up with David Bradley‘s First Doctor in the show’s first ever multi-Doctor Christmas special.
Bradley will be the third actor to portray the First Doctor on screen in the television series. William Hartnell introduced the character in the first episode of Doctor Who, An Unearthly Child, with Richard Hurndall replacing him in 20th anniversary special The Five Doctors.
The First Doctor was last seen in the show’s 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, using archive footage and new dialogue recorded by John Guilor.
The full press release from the BBC states:
The closing moments of this evening’s Doctor Who series ten finale revealed that this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special will be a multi-Doctor adventure featuring the current Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and the First Doctor (David Bradley).
The cliff-hanger ending saw the Doctor fatally shot by a Mondasian Cyberman and begin to regenerate. Stepping out of the TARDIS into an arctic landscape, he fought off the glowing regeneration energy and fell to his knees, vowing that this time he would not live on and change into a new Doctor.
This was declared ‘ridiculous’ by an approaching figure, who mocked the Doctor as he stepped forward through the snow to reveal himself as the very first incarnation of the Time Lord (“The original, you might say”) just before the credits rolled. The story will continue at Christmas.
Further casting and details for the Doctor Who Christmas special will be revealed in due course. As previously announced, the special will serve as Peter Capaldi’s farewell to the series, and will feature the debut of the next Doctor.
Doctor Who will return this Christmas on BBC One.