Doctor Who: 10 More Characters We Want To See Return

With John Simm set to make his Doctor Who come-back, who else is long overdue a return?


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?”


Paul Driscoll is a freelance writer and author across a range of subjects from Cult TV to religion and social policy. He is a passionate Doctor Who fan and January 2017 will see the publication of his first extended study of the series (based on Toby Whithouse's series six episode, The God Complex) in the critically acclaimed Black Archive range by Obverse Books. He is a regular writer for the fan site Doctor Who Worldwide and has contributed several essays to Watching Books' You and Who range. Recently he has branched out into fiction writing, with two short stories in the charity Doctor Who anthology Seasons of War (Chinbeard Books). Paul's work will also feature in the forthcoming Iris Wildthyme collection (A Clockwork Iris, Obverse Books) and Chinbeard Books' collection of drabbles, A Time Lord for Change.