Doctor Who’s next special, starring Jody Whittaker in the title role, will air over Easter, the episode’s director has confirmed.
Haolu Wang, who has previously directed short films, is directing an hour-long Doctor Who special, due to air in Easter 2022.
The Easter episode will be the second special in a trilogy of episodes that mark Jodie Whittaker’s final outing as the Thirteenth Doctor, as well as Chris Chibnall’s bow out as the Doctor Who showrunner.
The episode will be called Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils. It will see Mandip Gill and John Bishop return as the Doctor’s companions Yasmin and Dan, while guest stars Crystal Yu, Arthur Lee and Marlow Chan-Reeves make their debut as Madame Ching, Ji-Hun and Ying Ki respectively.
The episode will follow the Doctor and her gang as they head to 19th Century China, to a small coastal village under threat from pirate queen Madame Ching—and of course, a terrifying alien force.
Doctor Who’s Centenary special is set to follow later in the year, with rumors that Bradley Walsh and Sacha Dhawan could return before Chibnall turns the shop keys over to new and returning showrunner Russell T Davies. Whether either will continue much beyond the regeneration of The Doctor into his or her new face is not known, but rumors are running rampant (and not denied by the BBC to date) that the new Doctor will be David Tennant, returning to the role.
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If David Tennant returns, they’ll have to do some clever explaining to make it make sense, IMO.