Major spoilers ahead for Sunday night’s finale of Doctor Who, “The Power of the Doctor.”
Following his surprise return to Doctor Who, after handing over the TARDIS keys in 2010, David Tennant revealed his fears about returning to the role after almost ten years – following a special encore appearance in the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today program, courtesy of a story from TVLine, the 51-year-old actor revealed that he was “worried” about reprising his role, imagining that it could be “difficult to get in the groove again.”
”There’s a bit of a precedent in this show that all Doctors maybe turn up for a special now and again, but usually in cohort with the current team,” Tennant continued. “So to get another run round the park was a little joy I never saw coming.”
“What a lovely, lovely thing to get to revisit something that was such a wonderful, happy, significant time in my life,” the Scottish actor added. “It’s like being given the loveliest present. It’s been an absolute joy.”
In a statement from Russell T. Davies, who returns as showrunner since exiting the show alongside Tennant in 2010, he confirmed that there were “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!”
Tennant will join Doctor Who for a trilogy of episodes debuting in November 2023, coinciding with the sci-fi drama’s 60th-anniversary celebrations. For more Doctor Who content, take a look at FlickLuster’s review for Jodie Whittaker’s swansong episode, “The Power of the Doctor.”