The Master, the Daleks and the Cybermen to feature in Doctor Who BBC centenary special

The Master, the Daleks and the Cybermen will all feature together in the next Doctor Who special to mark the BBC’s centenary. A first look at the anniversary special also revealed that two of the Doctor’s companions from previous eras of the series will reprise their roles for the first time since their departure.

The centenary special, which airs later this year, will also be Jodie Whittaker’s final outing as the Time Lord, a role she has played since 2017. Showrunner Chris Chibnall said: “The final feature from Jodie contains a plethora of treats and surprises for audiences and fans alike, including the return of two of the most beloved sidekicks in the series’ history.

The Doctor will face the Cybermen again

“They will help the Doctor fight on three fronts, against his deadliest enemies: the Master, the Daleks and the Cybermen, in one huge story. For the BBC’s centenary, we will celebrate the past, present and future of Doctor Who, in an exciting, epic and moving send-off for the Thirteenth Doctor.

This special will be the first time that the Doctor’s three classic adversaries will all feature in a single storyline since the series returned to BBC One in 2005. The Master, played by Sacha Dhawan, last appeared in the final episode of series 12, The Timeless Children.

Actress Janet Fielding will also return as Tegan Jovanka, companion to the Fourth and Fifth Doctors, while Sophie Aldred will reprise her role as Ace – companion to the Seventh Doctor. Fielding said, “In some ways it was a very different experience from what it was when I finished recording in 1983, but in many ways it was very similar. It was so nice to be an active member of the Doctor Who family again.

Two familiar faces return for the special episode
Two familiar faces return for the special episode

Aldred added: “It has been quite a challenge to have such a big secret to keep, even from my family, and I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to be asked. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I loved being part of the Tardis team again.

Whittaker announced in July that she would be leaving the BBC sci-fi drama after a trio of specials. The BBC said his replacement as Doctor is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.

Showrunner Chibnall is also expected to leave the program to be replaced by Russell T Davies, who was behind the show’s 2005 revival.

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