Jodie Whittaker is first female lead star of Dr Who. Jodie as Dr Who. Picture: BBC
Jodie Whittaker is first female lead star of Dr Who. Jodie as Dr Who. Picture: BBC

New female Dr Who surprises fans

WARNING: Story contains spoilers for Whovians

DOCTOR Who has officially regenerated into their 13th incarnation during the Christmas Special.

Peter Capaldi bowed out in style today by joining forces with the first ever Doctor to save the life of an Army Captain - and the world in general once again.

The festive episode, titled Twice Upon a Time, saw the Doctors collide at the South Pole and heading off on one final adventure.

Jodie Whittaker praised by fans as she makes her Doctor Who debut. Picture: Dr. Who
Jodie Whittaker praised by fans as she makes her Doctor Who debut. Picture: Dr. Who

It didn't take too long for the pair to get off on the wrong foot, with the changing times of the Doctor confusing both of them due to the generation gap.

However, as the pair started squabbling over the state of the TARDIS and what they looked like now, the TARDIS was dragged to the Chamber of the Dead.

There, the Doctors were reunited with Bill Potts - played by Pearl Mackie - or at least, an imitation of her.

pPter Capaldi bows out during the Christmas Special. Picture: Dr. Who
pPter Capaldi bows out during the Christmas Special. Picture: Dr. Who

Recognising the ruse immediately, an angry 12th declared: "Bill Potts, my friend Bill Potts, was turned into a cyberman. She gave her life so the people she barely knew can live."

It was there they met Testimony - a group of beings from the distant future who take people from the brink of death and get what they need from them before returning them for their final moments.

The First is then shocked to discover that he has become known as the Doctor of War - and even more shocked to know that the feisty Bill has had "relations with the fairer sex".

Twelve then tries to recruit the help of Rusty the "good" Dalek - playing on the machines need to destroy its counterparts in any way necessary.

Jodie Whittaker praised by fans as she makes her Doctor Who debut. Picture: Dr. Who
Jodie Whittaker praised by fans as she makes her Doctor Who debut. Picture: Dr. Who

However, as the First becomes used to Bill, both discover the truth - that a new science allowed people to have their memories duplicated before returning to the point of death.

As a result, Bill is one of Testimony - a creation made up of the real Bill's memories before they die.

"It's not an evil plan! I don't know what to do when it isn't an evil plan," declares an exasperated Doctor.

Returning the Captain to his moment of death, the Doctor gave one last Christmas gift and fans were left in tears as they witnessed the Doctor recreate the 1914 Armistice.

He then wished his new pals farewell as he decided to die alone in the galaxy.

In an emotional goodbye, the Doctor said his farewells to his companions including Bill Potts and a surprise return from Clara, telling them: "Thank you both, for everything that you were to me. Whatever happens now, it has to be alone."

Old friends say goodbye in the show. Picture: Dr. Who
Old friends say goodbye in the show. Picture: Dr. Who

However, as he sits in his TARDIS he declared that "one more lifetime won't kill him" and makes the switch.

As he prepares for the regeneration, the Doctor told his new self: "Never be cruel, never be cowardly, and never ever eat pears!

"Remember, hate is always foolish, and love is always wise.

"Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind. Doctor, I let you go!"

After the powerful regeneration, the Doctor realises they've been changed into a woman - and in a moment of calm Jodie mutters her first words as the Doctor: "Aw, Brilliant!"

But it isn't an easy switch for the star as - despite being chuffed with the regeneration - she is immediately thrown from the TARDIS as it bursts into flames.

Jenna Coleman makes a brief appearance. Picture: Dr. Who
Jenna Coleman makes a brief appearance. Picture: Dr. Who

Never a dull moment for a Doctor.

Fans on social media posted their reactions on Twitter.

 

 

 

Australian Whovians can rewatch this year's Doctor Who Christmas Special on ABC iview.

The story originally appeared on The Sun and has been republished with permission.



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