Doctor Who: Saying Goodbye To The 12th Doctor
With less than a week until the Doctor Who Christmas Special, the featurettes on Capaldi’s exit pour in.
There are only five days left until Christmas, which means in less than a week Capaldi’s reign as the Doctor will be over, and Jodie Whittaker will officially have taken the reigns. But while some of us as still obsessing over the details of his final exit episode, others are starting to step back and look at the larger picture.
The Doctor Who YouTube channel has released a short video focusing on the behind the scenes experience for Capaldi’s last hurrah. We expect this will be part of the larger Capaldi focused TV special on Christmas Day that airs directly after “Twice Upon A Time.”
(Gotta say, love the artwork on the clapboard.)
Over on the US side of the YouTube line, BBC America posted this video yesterday, which will be familiar to the fans who were at the Capaldi panel at New York Comic Con this past October. I’m glad it’s been published now, at the time it made both myself and the guy interviewing Capaldi tear up. I hope the rest of you enjoy it that much as well.
Meanwhile, those still digging for details on the episode itself, Pearl Mackie hints that though she’s returned to the series as Bil for one last episode, the character is “not all she seems.” (So she’s still a water person? Or is she actually a figment of the dying Doctor’s imagination?)
It was a total honour to be asked back and it’s even more exciting that it’s for a Christmas special! Bill is 100% back with the full Bill energy – but she’s not quite all she seems…
She does give us one hint about the adventure: there will be Double TARDIS Action.
There’s so much! We’ve got not one but two TARDISes, and we travel in both of them which is pretty exciting.
Capaldi also has issued a statement:
Doctor Who has taken me on an amazing journey. Now that it’s coming to an end, I wish the Doctor all the very best for the future, and the past, and everything in-between. Time I was off.
Mark Gatiss, who has written for the show but never gotten to be in front of the camera for it before says it’s a perfect Christmas story.
I feel that Christmas is always a mixture of happy and sad. It’s Peter’s last story and it’s obviously infused with that, but it’s a story that takes place out of time, where he has one last adventure before he goes and regenerates into the Thirteenth Doctor. And I suppose it’s about that – it’s about letting go.
Also, Moffat apparently approached him about it during the filming for his final writing gig for the show, Season 10’s “Empress of Mars.”
Steven took me aside and said “I know you get booked up quickly so will you keep June and July free?” I said yes straight away, and then asked why! He said “I’m writing a part you’d be perfect for in Peter’s last story, and I want you to be there when I go”. Which is a Doctorish line in itself and made me well up.
And finally, from Moffat himself:
Approaching it, one issue I had was that The Doctor Falls (this year’s series finale) was the end of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. That episode saw the Twelfth Doctor stating what he stands for and standing on the hill on which he was prepared to die.
That was the end of his story. But – as often happens in stories and real life – it didn’t end there. He kept going, he started to regenerate, so at Christmas what we’re going to see is a man weary and tired and, having made his point and having made his stand and given his life for something that matters, he has to learn just how to carry on after that. But of course this being Doctor Who and Christmas it’s much warmer and hopeful than that, so in perfect timing walking towards him out of the snow he meets earliest incarnation. The William Hartnell version of the Doctor – played now by David Bradley in an astonishing performance – and the two of them are about to regenerate. Tonally it’s about saying “to hell with dying, let’s get on with living”. And what’s more Christmassy that that?
Doctor Who‘s 2017 Christmas Special “Twice Upon A Time” airs this coming Monday, December 25th, 2017, at 5 p.m. BT on BBC One and 9 p.m. ET on BBC America.