by Graham Pierrepoint
Doctor Who – the long-running British sci-fi series – recently returned for its tenth season since reviving in 2005, and with new companion Bill Potts accompanying the outgoing Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, it’s been subject to considerable praise. This season will also be showrunner Steven Moffatt’s last, who will be making way for Broadchurch’s Chris Chibnall for Season 11 onwards. Moffatt has overseen a series of popular villains, monsters, companions and allies over the years, and rumors suggest that it appears he really can’t bear to let one of them go. There are already rumors circulating regarding whether or not Game of Thrones and Harry Potter star David Bradley will appear as the First Doctor this Christmas – and it seems he may be accompanied by a familiar face from the Doctor’s recent past.
Clara Oswald was one of the longest-accompanying friends the Doctor has had in recent years, and she has also proven divisive among some members of the show’s fanbase – particularly following two seasons which were heavy on giving the character story arcs of her own. Season 9’s finale saw Oswald depart on her own journey into time and space with a TARDIS shaped like a 50s diner, and while many assumed that this would be the last we would see of Jenna Coleman’s character, rumors appear to quash that rather curiously.
The rumors are starting thanks to reports that the BBC seem to have booked Eddie’s Diner in Cardiff for filming this July – the location, of course, for the interior of Clara’s own TARDIS. While it’s thought that Capaldi has already filmed his final scenes, does the booking indicate that we could be seeing a final cameo from Clara before he bows out this holiday season? It won’t be the first time that Moffatt has chosen to bring back an iconic assistant for the Doctor’s final moments – famously, Karen Gillan’s Amy Pond returned in a vision to Matt Smith’s Doctor in his final scenes – meaning that Who fans could be in for a real smorgasbord of characters coming back out of nowhere.
Regardless of whether or not Coleman or Bradley will materialize this Christmas, the final episode for Capaldi is promised to be particularly dramatic, as it has been asserted that his regeneration – where he will morph into the 13th Doctor – will run slightly different to those which we have seen before. We will – unfortunately – have to hold our collective breaths for another seven months to find out exactly how things go down!