Craige Els, best known in the world of Doctor Who as Karvanista, will be returning to the series as a different character for Jodie Whittaker’s penultimate special. Previously, Els appeared throughout the six-part series, Flux as one of the Lupar, an alien race who took the form of giant dog creatures. Karvanista was a previous companion to the Doctor during her time with The Division, a secret Time-Lord agency.
Craige Els will be joining the cast alongside Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, and John Bishop in the second of three specials, “Legend of the Sea Devils.”
Plot details are under wraps, but Els will likely be portraying the titular Sea Devils. If the title was not a big enough giveaway, the episode features the return of the aquatic Silurians, whose first appearance dates back to 1972. They made their final appearance in the classic series during 1984’s “Warriors of the Deep,” a Peter Davison serial.
“Legend of the Sea Devils” will air over the Easter holidays. The episode takes place in a small coastal village in 19th century China under threat from a pirate queen, Madame Ching. Doctor Who’s current executive producer, Matt Strevens, revealed details regarding Jodie Whittaker’s final episodes as the Thirteenth Doctor, promising a “massive feature-length epic” episode.
Russell T. Davies will return to Doctor Who as showrunner in 2023, whose most recent work includes Years and Years, and Channel 4 It’s A Sin. “I’m beyond excited to be back on my favourite show.” Davies said, adding that there was “a whole series of Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant Doctor for me to enjoy, with my friend and hero Chris Chibnall at the helm – I’m still a viewer for now.”