Doctor Who: David Tennant makes shock return as the Time Lord after Jodie Whittaker bows out


David Tennant returned to the lead role in Doctor Who on Sunday as Jodie Whittaker bowed out after five years. 

Following an action packed episode that saw many famous faces returning the Time Lord regenerated into a very famous face.

Despite not being ready to regenerate Jodie’s Doctor exclaimed: ‘The blossomiest blossom. That’s the only sad thing. I want to know what happens next. Right then, Doctor Whoever-I-am-about-to-be. Tag, you’re it. 

Back! David Tennant returned to the lead role in Doctor Who on Sunday as Jodie Whittaker bowed out after five years

With power and energy shooting from her limbs she then became a familiar face in the form of David Tennant’s Time Lord. 

The newly regenerated ran his fingers over his teeth and said ‘I know these’ clearly perplexed as he returned to his former body. 

David is returning to the role after bowing out in 2010 for the Christmas Special that will also star Catherine Tate before Sex Educations Ncuti Gatwa takes control of the Tardis. 

The show ended with a short trailer for the new series that will hit screens sometime in 2023.

Bye: Following an action packed episode that saw many famous faces returning the Time Lord regenerated into a very famous face

Bye: Following an action packed episode that saw many famous faces returning the Time Lord regenerated into a very famous face

Regeneration: Despite not being ready to regenerate Jodie's Doctor exclaimed: 'The blossomiest blossom. That's the only sad thing. I want to know what happens next. Right then, Doctor Whoever-I-am-about-to-be. Tag, you're it.

Regeneration: Despite not being ready to regenerate Jodie’s Doctor exclaimed: ‘The blossomiest blossom. That’s the only sad thing. I want to know what happens next. Right then, Doctor Whoever-I-am-about-to-be. Tag, you’re it.

Following the episode returning show-runner Russel T Davies said: ‘If you thought the appearance of David Tennant was a shock, we’ve got plenty more surprises on the way!’ 

‘The path to Ncuti’s Fifteenth Doctor is laden with mystery, horror, robots, puppets, danger and fun! And how is it connected to the return of the wonderful Donna Noble? How, what, why? We’re giving you a year to speculate, and then all hell lets loose! ‘

Saturday’s opening scenes saw the brave Time Lord  (Jodie Whittaker) race to save the lives of the passengers of a space train who were battling the Master’s newest Cyber Men.  

One last go: David is returning to the role after bowing out in 2010 for the Christmas Special that will also star Catherine Tate before Sex Education's Ncuti Gatwa takes control of the Tardis

One last go: David is returning to the role after bowing out in 2010 for the Christmas Special that will also star Catherine Tate before Sex Education’s Ncuti Gatwa takes control of the Tardis

New doctor: The show ended with a short trailer for the new series that will hit screens sometime in 2023 (Ncuti Gatwa pictured)

New doctor: The show ended with a short trailer for the new series that will hit screens sometime in 2023 (Ncuti Gatwa pictured) 

Saturday’s scenes saw the brave Time Lord race to save the lives of the passengers of a space train who were battling the Master’s newest Cyber Men. 

Joined by companions Yaz (Mandip Gil) and Dan (John Bishop) the trio discovered that the Doctor’s robotic nemesis were hunting for an unknown cargo.

Dressed in space suits they discovered that the much sought after entity was in fact a young girl, who was later kidnapped by the robotic wrongens – who can also regenerate. 

Returning: Doctor Who returned for Jodie Whittaker's final outing on Sunday

Returning: Doctor Who returned for Jodie Whittaker’s final outing on Sunday 

Evil: Joined by companions Yaz (Mandip Gil) and Dan (John Bishop) the trio discovered that the Doctor's robotic nemesis were hunting for an unknown cargo

Evil: Joined by companions Yaz (Mandip Gil) and Dan (John Bishop) the trio discovered that the Doctor’s robotic nemesis were hunting for an unknown cargo

Following the dangerous altercation Dan decided to leave the Tardis for his safer life back on earth. 

Then fans of the original show were then rewarded with not one returnee but two in the form of companions Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Tegan (Janet Fielding).

Despite decades away from the Time Lord the duo were still busy fighting for good and were left uneasy when hundreds of the world’s most famous paintings had all been removed from view.

Elsewhere the Master (Sacha Dhawan) finds himself in 1800s Russia and controls the country’s King and royal family, resembling the real life Rasputin.

When his face begins to appear in artworks, UNIT’s Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) reunites Ace and Tegan with the Time Lord.  

Cargo: Dressed in space suits they discovered that the unknown entity was in fact a young girl, who was later kidnapped by the evil entities - who can also regenerate

Cargo: Dressed in space suits they discovered that the unknown entity was in fact a young girl, who was later kidnapped by the evil entities – who can also regenerate

Lover of the Russian queen: Elsewhere the Master (Sacha Dhawan) now finds himself in 1800s Russia and controls the country's King and the royal family, resembling the real life Rasputin

Lover of the Russian queen: Elsewhere the Master (Sacha Dhawan) now finds himself in 1800s Russia and controls the country’s King and the royal family, resembling the real life Rasputin

No more: Following the dangerous altercation Dan decides to leave the Tardis for his safer life back on earth

No more: Following the dangerous altercation Dan decides to leave the Tardis for his safer life back on earth

Getting the band back together: Then fans of the original show were then rewarded with not one returnee but two in the form of companions Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Tegan (Janet Fielding)

Getting the band back together: Then fans of the original show were then rewarded with not one returnee but two in the form of companions Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Tegan (Janet Fielding)

The Doctor is then faced with another of the show’s most famous villains when a Darlek hologram appears in the Tardis. Promising not to be kill, it says that it provide much needed help. 

The Doctor tracks down the Master who has now discovered how to minimise his enemies. Taking him into custody, little do they realise that it’s a trap and he has shrunken a ‘Russian Doll Cyberman’ with hundreds taking over the building. 

The Doctor then is forced inside a Darlek and has no option but to regenerate with the Master taking over her body, sending her soul into purgatory.

Baddies: When his face begins to appear in artworks, UNIT's Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) reunites Ace and Tegan with the Time Lord

Baddies: When his face begins to appear in artworks, UNIT’s Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) reunites Ace and Tegan with the Time Lord

Drama: The Doctor tracks down the master who has now discovered how to minimise his enemies. Taking him into custody little do they realise that it's a trap and he has shrunken a 'Russian Doll Cyberman' with hundreds taking over the building

Drama: The Doctor tracks down the master who has now discovered how to minimise his enemies. Taking him into custody little do they realise that it’s a trap and he has shrunken a ‘Russian Doll Cyberman’ with hundreds taking over the building 

Swapping bodies: The Doctor then is forced inside a Darlek and has no option but to regenerate with the Master taking over her body, sending her soul into purgatory

Swapping bodies: The Doctor then is forced inside a Darlek and has no option but to regenerate with the Master taking over her body, sending her soul into purgatory

With Yaz desperate to save the Time Lord, she plans a trap for the Master reuniting with Inston Vee Vinder (Jacob Anderson) and Ace – who proudly parachutes into the time machine. 

Our hero then comes face to face with many of her old incarnations played by Colin Baker, David Bradley, Paul McGann and Sylvester McCoy.  

As they set off Ace and Tegan both have poignant scenes with their own Doctor’s as the Time Lord switches between all of her former personas. 

Old faces: Our hero then comes face to face with many of her old incarnations including Peter Davidson (pictured)

Old faces: Our hero then comes face to face with many of her old incarnations including Peter Davidson (pictured) 

Wowza: Colin Baker also returned to the show

Help: The former Doctors helped the current defeat the Master (Sylvester McCoy pictured)

Wowza: Sylvester McCoy (right) and Colin Baker (left) also returned to the show 

Timelord: Paul McGann also returned briefly to the role

Timelord: Paul McGann also returned briefly to the role 

Back for more: Bradley Walsh also returned for a final time as Graham to help his former friend, splitting sides as he introduced himself as a former busman

Back for more: Bradley Walsh also returned for a final time as Graham to help his former friend, splitting sides as he introduced himself as a former busman

Graham (Bradley Walsh) also appears to help, splitting sides as he introduced himself as a friend of the hero as well as a ‘friend  of the Doctor and a former busman’.

Kate came very close to a grizzly end as she was almost upgraded to become a Cyberman.

But working together with the help of Jo Martin’s Doctor the team vanquished the villans with Master appearing defeated, and the Doctor returning to her body for the epic finale. 

Danger: Kate came very close to a grizzly end as she was almost upgraded to become a Cyberman

Danger: Kate came very close to a grizzly end as she was almost upgraded to become a Cyberman

Back to normal: But working together with the help of Jo Martin's Doctor the team vanquished the villans

Back to normal: But working together with the help of Jo Martin’s Doctor the team vanquished the villans

Back in her body: The Doctor returned to her body for the show's epic climax

Back in her body: The Doctor returned to her body for the show’s epic climax 

Back for more: Jo Martin's Doctor also made a surprise appearance

Back for more: Jo Martin’s Doctor also made a surprise appearance   

Bye: She then said goodbye to her time in the Tardis in less dramatic fashion as she enjoyed an ice cream with Yaz on the roof of the Tardis as they floated through space

Bye: She then said goodbye to her time in the Tardis in less dramatic fashion as she enjoyed an ice cream with Yaz on the roof of the Tardis as they floated through space

She then said goodbye to her time in the Tardis in less dramatic fashion as she enjoyed an ice cream with Yaz on the roof of the Tardis as they floated through space. 

The duo refused to say ‘goodbye’ but bid a tender and heartfelt farewell, with Yaz reuniting with both Dan and Graham back on earth. 

Paying homage to more former companions Yaz joined a support group for former friends of the Doctor that included Mel Bush (Bonnie Langford) Jo Grant (Katy Manning) and 97-year-old William Russell as Ian Chesterton.

No tears: The duo refused to say 'goodbye' but bid a tender and heartfelt farewell

No tears: The duo refused to say ‘goodbye’ but bid a tender and heartfelt farewell

Quick: As they bid farewell the Doctor realised she was beginning to regenerate

Quick: As they bid farewell the Doctor realised she was beginning to regenerate 

Old guard: Paying homage to more former companions Yaz joined a support group for former friends of the Doctor that included Mel Bush (Bonnie Langford)

Wow: 97-year old actor William Russell also returned to the role of Ian Chesterton

Old guard: Paying homage to more former companions Yaz joined a support group for former friends of the Doctor that included Mel Bush (Bonnie Langford, left) Jo Grant (Katy Manning) and 97-year-old William Russell as Ian Chesterton (right) 

Beaming:  The Doctor exclaimed: 'The blossomiest blossom. That's the only sad thing. I want to know what happens next. Right then, Doctor Whoever-I-am-about-to-be. Tag, you're it.

Beaming:  The Doctor exclaimed: ‘The blossomiest blossom. That’s the only sad thing. I want to know what happens next. Right then, Doctor Whoever-I-am-about-to-be. Tag, you’re it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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