When we last saw Doctor Who villain Mr Finch, he and his evil Krillitane cohorts were trapped in the kitchens of the school they'd taken over as it was consumed by a massive explosion. But Anthony Head, who played the demonic headmaster in question, believes we may not have seen the last of him after all...
"I don't think the chip fat got him," Head told RadioTimes.com. "I know him personally and I think he's keen to meet the Doctor again..."
Head was speaking after winning a recent RadioTimes.com poll to find
the best Doctor Who guest star: he beat James Corden, Carey Mulligan, John Hurt and Georgia Moffett – among others – to claim the honour.
The actor best known to cult TV fans as Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Merlin's King Uther Pendragon, took on the role of the bat-like Mr Finch in Doctor Who series-two episode School Reunion back in April 2006. The adventure saw the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose (Billie Piper) infiltrating a school to investigate some rather mysterious goings-on.
It also marked the return of Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and K-9, who had last appeared on screen with The Doctor in 1983.
"School Reunion was such a special episode in it's own right, re-introducing Sarah Jane and K9 – it was a joy to film, and Mr Finch such a blast to play, with the sublime Mr Tennant as my nemesis," said Head.
"I remember James Hawes, our director, pitching the confrontation between Finch and the Doctor being played across the divide of the school swimming pool – such a great scene.
"The episode also gave me an opportunity to do my version of the Donald Sutherland screech from Invasion of the Body Snatchers – something I discovered I could do in my youth. Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all who voted for me."
Could Mr Finch have survived the blast? Will he pop up to torment Peter Capaldi's Doctor one day?
Well, K9 was salvaged after all. Stranger things have happened...