Series 10 is proving to be the year of the comeback kids, with Steven Moffat revisiting some of the most popular characters and aliens from Doctor Who’s back catalogue before he bows out. Apart from those already announced there will almost certainly be one or two other surprises along the way.
Nobody would bet against a Karen Gillan-like cameo from Jenna Coleman in the Christmas special, though it’s unlikely we’ll ever see the Candyman from The Happiness Patrol again. Mind you… Macra? Who’d have thought it?
Speculation has already started as to whether Moffat’s successor Chris Chibnall will continue the trend and if so which characters he might bring back, and fans are quick to offer some suggestions.
There are those characters who were such instant hits that there will always be calls for their return, others who were short changed and deserve another go, and still more whose fate was left on a cliffhanger or whose stories remain frustratingly incomplete.
These are the prime candidates for a welcome comeback to Doctor Who. To borrow a phrase from the Curator in The Day of the Doctor, there’s no harm revisiting a few faces from the past, so long as it’s “just the old favourites, eh?”