When The Power of the Doctor premiered last week, every Whovian's house was filled with screams of surprise and excitement. Why? Because David Tennant's familiar face reappeared onscreen for the first time in nine years.
Whenever a fresh era of Doctor Who is in the works, it's always an exciting time for fans, but what's next is easily the most intriguing era since the 2005 revival. There are many new things to consider, such as new production partners and budgets, and the return of many familiar faces. It would be an understatement to say that Doctor Who fans should be ecstatic about what's coming!
Regrettably, Whovians will have to wait a full year for the next batch of episodes to premiere, which means that there will be no new Doctor Who for quite some time. However, given Russell T Davies' track record of sneak peeks, we can bet that some surprises will make their way to the surface in the coming months.
With all the craziness that's happened lately, now feels like a good time to summarise what we know about this brand-new era featuring the Fourteenth (and Fifteenth) Doctors. So, let's delve right in...
8. David Tennant Is Reprising The Role
Never in a million years did we imagine that David Tennant would reprise his role as the Doctor, yet here we are! The actor is set to return to the Whoniverse as the Fourteenth Doctor, making him the first star in the show's history to play more than one incarnation.
The surprise appearance occurred during Jodie Whittaker's final scene as the Thirteenth Doctor, where she regenerated into the familiar face of the beloved Tenth Doctor. Yet, not actually the Tenth Doctor. Following some fan confusion after the broadcast of The Power of the Doctor, the BBC clarified that Tennant is portraying an entirely new incarnation of the Time Lord. But why is the Doctor reusing this specific face?
A clue to keep an eye on is that, when Thirteen regenerated, her outfit changed completely, which is unusual for the modern era. Many fans believe that this is a hint to the reasoning behind Tennant's return, as this regeneration isn't what it appears to be.
All will be revealed in 2023. Hopefully.