Dr Who is set to take on two of her most famous enemies, the Daleks and the Cybermen, at once in Jodie Whittaker‘s final episode.   

The episode which is set to air in autumn this year – marking the BBC‘s centenary – will see the actress, 39, play the Time Lord one last time, a role she has filled since 2017.

In a first look at the anniversary special, the 13th Doctor takes on arch enemy The Master (Sacha Dhawan) and is joined by companions from earlier eras of the show who will reprise their roles for the first time since leaving the show.

Iconic: Dr Who is set to take on two of her most famous enemies, the Daleks and the Cybermen, at once in Jodie Whittaker’s final episode

Actress Janet Fielding – who will return on screen for the first time in almost 40 years – will make an appearence as Tegan Jovanka, the companion to both the fourth and fifth Doctors.

Meanwhile, Sophie Aldred will reprise her role as Ace – companion to the seventh Doctor.

Showrunner Chris Chibnall said: ‘Jodie’s final feature-length story contains a plethora of treats and surprises for audiences and fans, not least the return of two of the most beloved companions in the show’s history. 

Sad: The episode which is set to air in autumn this year - marking the BBC's centenary - will see the actress, 39, play the Time Lord one last time, a role she has filled since 2017

Sad: The episode which is set to air in autumn this year – marking the BBC’s centenary – will see the actress, 39, play the Time Lord one last time, a role she has filled since 2017

Showrunner Chris said: 'For the BBC's centenary, we'll be celebrating the past, present and future of Doctor Who, in a fittingly thrilling, epic and emotional send-off for the Thirteenth Doctor.'

Showrunner Chris said: ‘For the BBC’s centenary, we’ll be celebrating the past, present and future of Doctor Who, in a fittingly thrilling, epic and emotional send-off for the Thirteenth Doctor.’

He continued: ‘They’ll be helping the Doctor fight on three fronts, against her deadliest enemies: the Master, Daleks and Cybermen, in one huge story.

‘For the BBC’s centenary, we’ll be celebrating the past, present and future of Doctor Who, in a fittingly thrilling, epic and emotional send-off for the Thirteenth Doctor.’

Chris is also set to leave the programme and will be replaced by Russell T Davies, who was behind the 2005 revival of the show.

Familiar faces: In a first look at the anniversary special, the 13th Doctor is joined by companions from earlier eras of the show who will reprise their roles for the first time since leaving the show (Actress' Janet Fielding and Sophie Aldred pictured)

Familiar faces: In a first look at the anniversary special, the 13th Doctor is joined by companions from earlier eras of the show who will reprise their roles for the first time since leaving the show (Actress’ Janet Fielding and Sophie Aldred pictured)

Janet – who appeared on the BBC One show between 1981 and 1984 – compared her return to the show to the her final moments: ‘In some ways it was a very different experience to what it was like when I finished recording in 1983, but in many ways it was very similar.  

‘It was so lovely to be a working member of the Doctor Who family again.’

Sophie – who was the show’s final companion before it went on a 16-year hiatus – added: ‘It’s 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 have been asked back.

‘I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I adored being part of the Tardis team again.’

Jodie announced in July that she will be leaving the BBC sci-fi drama following a trio of specials.  

Sad: The actress told Entertainment Weekly of how she was 'grief ridden' when she filmed the scenes of her changing into the as yet unknown new character

Sad: The actress told Entertainment Weekly of how she was ‘grief ridden’ when she filmed the scenes of her changing into the as yet unknown new character

At the start of the year, Jodie discussed her emotional last days of filming on Doctor Who – ahead of the regeneration episode set to air in autumn 2022.  

She who became the first female Time Lord in the show’s history in 2017,  told Entertainment Weekly of how she was ‘grief ridden’ when she filmed the scenes.

She filmed the final scenes for the autumn episode at the end of 2021 and said of the experience: ‘I’ve shot my version of regen[eration], and it was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I’ve ever had.’

Jodie has said previously that she is leaving the coveted role this year because she feels it needs ‘new energy’ but the star also confessed that she isn’t sure if she is making the correct decision. 

She then admitted to the publication that it felt strange to feel sad because she had made the decision to leave.   

‘It’s a really bizarre feeling, because it’s the best time I’ve ever had on a job, and I made the decision to leave it, so it’s a really strange thing to do to yourself.’

She went on: ‘It was a wonderfully-celebratory-slash-grief-ridden day that I could spend with the family that I’d made. I suppose the best thing about it is that the episodes are still on. So until they’re off, I don’t have to really get my head around the fact that it’s not my part!’  

Her replacement as the Doctor is expected to be revealed in the coming weeks. 

Upset: She filmed the scenes at the end of 2021 and said of the experience: 'I've shot my version of regen[eration], and it was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I've ever had'

Upset: She filmed the scenes at the end of 2021 and said of the experience: ‘I’ve shot my version of regen[eration], and it was singularly the most emotional day on set I think I’ve ever had’ 



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