Doctor Who fans tuned into the Wimbledon Men’s Final in their droves this afternoon, inspired by the promise that Peter Capaldi’s successor as the Doctor would be revealed at the end of the match.
However, many were surprised to see a version of the Time Lord appear on their screens sooner than they expected – specifically former series actor David Tennant, who played the Tenth Doctor (as opposed to Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth) from 2005-2010.
Predictably, fans were rather thrown by the surprise materialisation, and quickly dreamt up their own theories about what it could all mean.
— Ivan (@iFlicks) July 16, 2017
— NAZ (@Nasreeta21) July 16, 2017
— tim fitzhigham (@timfitzhigham) July 16, 2017
David Tennant is at the Wimbledon final,do you think it could be him making a comeback? I'd love that????
— gaynor duncan (@gaynorduncan) July 16, 2017
only david tennant becomes a trending topic for just being at wimbledon ahaha
— ???? (@demctozdemir) July 16, 2017
Plot twist: David Tennant is announced as the Doctor again and has a Madison Montgomery moment since he's already at Wimbledon: pic.twitter.com/3FWGEN3fSw
— emily ✨ (@WhiteEmis) July 16, 2017
— James (@Jamesp_1998) July 16, 2017
David Tennant is at Wimbledon ???? I hope at the end he holds up a sign saying he's the 13th doctor ????
— ????✨ (@grimeshelby) July 16, 2017
— Liam Catterson (@LiamCatterson94) July 16, 2017
For our part, we reckon he was popped into the crowd just to give all the Whovians forced to watch tennis something to chat about until the big reveal. Very sporting of him, really.
Doctor Who returns to BBC1 this Christmas