In an interview with Doctor Who Magazine, (courtesy of The Radio Times), the show’s current executive producer, Matt Strevens has revealed details of a “massive feature-length epic” final episode. With the finale expected to air sometime in late 2022, the second special, “Legend of the Sea Devils”, will air over the Easter holidays.
Strevens will be departing the long-running science fiction show along with head writer Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker with only two more stories of the era remaining to be seen. “When they approached Chris, saying ‘We’d love you to do one more – we know the production schedule’s really tight, but what do you think about doing a special for the centenary of the BBC?’, it was a no-brainer,” he said.
He described the final as “a massive, feature-length epic – it was huge to shoot – with lots of surprises for fans of all ages.” Jodie gets a really good send-off. I think it will push everybody’s buttons.”
The identity of the next Doctor to succeed Jodie Whittaker’s thirteenth, and first female Time Lord in the show’s history, remains a mystery. The specials will however coincide with the BBC’s centenary celebrations, which Strevens believes “underlines the iconic nature of the show.”
The final two episodes will feature Mandip Gill as Yaz and John Bishop as Dan Lewis, and that’s pretty much all we know right now. From 2023, Russell T Davies will be returning as showrunner since departing the series in 2010.
“Jodie’s also very excited about who the next incumbent of the TARDIS is,” Strevens says, later adding: “It meant a lot to Jodie to know that she would regenerate – it’s lovely to pass that on.”
If you’re all caught with Doctor Who and want a little bit more, then take a look at Flickluster’s reviews for Doctor Who: Flux and the New Year’s Day, “Eve of the Daleks”.