Doctor Who Centenary Episode Trailer – Analysis and Breakdown

Doctor Who’s Centenary Special has a teaser trailer – and it’s almost time to bid farewell to Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor. The clip, titled ‘The Thirteenth Doctor’s Final Adventure’, has more than a few surprises – so what we’ll do is break down and analyse what’s what. We start with the return of The Master (Sacha Dhawan) and his daunting message for the Doctor about her impending death.

He can be seen at two particular moments in the trailer, and by appearances, he’s entirely different. However, despite the drastic changes in appearance, Dhawan’s Master is still dishing out monologues with menacing overtones. In what perhaps might become his final appearance as the renegade Time Lord, it’s a fitting moment for Dhawan to make one last stand against the Doctor. 

The Daleks will be back too – perhaps quite predictably. There’s little else to go on with what the trailer reveals. More surprisingly, Ashad the lone Cybermen makes an appearance. Considering he met his fate at the hands of The Master’s Tissue Compression Eliminator, an appearance by the half converted Cyberman would likely take place before his death. Either way, Ashad was a formidable and terrifying villain during the latter half of Series 12, and it’s great to have him back.

By this point, we’ve had a handful of surprises. The biggest is yet to come – the centenary special will feature not one but two former companions, Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding) and Ace (Sophie Aldred). Tegan joined the TARDIS at the end of Tom Baker’s era. She later served as a companion to Baker’s successor, Peter Davison. She exited Doctor Who in 1984 and returned the same year for a cameo appearance in the acclaimed The Caves of Androzani. 

A few years later, Aldred joined the series alongside Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor and became the final companion in the series before its cancellation in 1989. The two can be seen at one point firing automatic machine guns. Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) will be making an appearance too, and she’s in the company of Cybermen.

Vinder (Jacob Anderson) will be returning too. He last appeared in the Flux finale, The Vanquishers. Elsewhere, we’ve got Dan in a spacesuit, Yaz with a gun in the TARDIS, and the Doctor succumbing to a hellish regenerative like process – that’ll likely be something else entirely.

Matt Bailey

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