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Doctor Who 2022 Centenary special release date rumours: Cast and trailer

Jodie Whittaker’s last appearance now has an official trailer!

The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) in the Doctor Who Centenary special
BBC Studios / James Pardon
Published: Sunday, 8th May 2022 at 12:50 pm

The second of Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor Who specials aired over the Easter weekend, pitting Thirteen and her companions against returning villains, the Sea Devils.

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Now that their maritime adventure is over, it's on to Whittaker's final episode, which is set to air this autumn and will mark the BBC's Centenary – as well as likely reveal Ncuti Gatwa as the Fourteenth Doctor.

We still don't have a title, but we do have a trailer (more on that below) and some pretty big news about its cast, including some returning faces, and the big bads Whittaker will have to face before the Doctor dons a new form.

Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding) will be joining the Doctor on her last outing, as will Mandip Gill's Yaz and John Bishop's Dan. As for his trusty wok, we'll have to wait and see.

Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Tegan (Janet Fielding) in the Doctor Who Centenary special
BBC Studios/James Pardon

So, what else do we know about the last episode, including its release date and cast information? Take a look at our regularly updated news and releases below:

When is the Doctor Who Centenary special release date?

Vinder (Jacob Anderson) in the Doctor Who Centenary special
BBC Studios / James Pardon

We still don't have a confirmed release date Jodie Whittaker's last outing as the Doctor, but it has been confirmed that it will air in autumn 2022.

The episode also serves as a Centenary special for the BBC, celebrating 100 years of the broadcaster’s existence.

The Centenary itself takes place on Tuesday 18th October, so it seems likely the Doctor Who special will air around that date – probably the same week, if not the day itself. We'll update this page as soon as a date is announced.

Doctor Who Centenary special trailer

Following the release of Legend of the Sea Devils, the BBC unveiled the first trailer for the Centenary special, and it looks like an epic battle is on the cards.

"Beware of the forces that mass against you," the Doctor's warning can be heard, "and their Master."

Take a look for yourself below:

Doctor Who Centenary special cast

Dan (John Bishop) in the Doctor Who Centenary special
BBC Studios/James Pardon

Of course, Jodie Whittaker will return as the Thirteenth Doctor opposite Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan. The trailer unveiled after the Easter special also confirmed John Bishop’s Dan Lewis would feature.

Two familiar faces will make a comeback in the special: Vinder (Jacob Anderson) and Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave) will return after their last appearance in Doctor Who's last full series in late 2021.

In exciting news, the BBC has also confirmed that classic companions Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding) would return for the final special.

"They’ll be helping the Doctor fight on three fronts, against her deadliest enemies: the Master, Daleks and Cybermen, in one huge story," showrunner Chris Chibnall, who is also departing after this episode, said.

Rumour has it Bradley Walsh may make a cameo as Graham O’Brien after he was spotted near the filming of the show in 2021.

Sacha Dhawan will definitely appear as the villain The Master for Jodie Whittaker’s final episode as the main antagonist, as was hinted by the season 13 finale and confirmed in the Centenary special's trailer.

Finally, of course, it is expected that Ncuti Gatwa will appear towards the end of the episode in his first appearance after the Doctor regenerates.

Doctor Who Centenary special plot

Yaz (Mandip Gill) and The Master (Sacha Dhawan) in the Doctor Who Centenary special
BBC Studios/James Pardon

Specific plot details for the Centenary special have yet to be released by the BBC – however, it’s expected that this episode will wrap up The Division/Timeless Child storyline that’s run throughout Jodie Whittaker’s time in the series, while also bringing back Sacha Dhawan’s Master for one final clash.

As well as the Master, the Daleks and Cybermen will also return, and the trailer hints at the possibility they might be teaming up to take down the TARDIS team.

A rather vague plot synopsis was released in November 2021, but it doesn’t give much away:

Having faced many perilous journeys battling some of the most feared monsters throughout space and time, it’s the final instalment for the Thirteenth Doctor.

This epic blockbuster special will see the Doctor fight evil across the galaxy one last time but just who will she come up against in her final battle before the Doctor regenerates once more…

Strevens recently shed some more light on Whittaker's farewell episode, promising a "massive, feature-length" regeneration story.

"The final story is a massive, feature-length epic – it was huge to shoot – with lots of surprises for fans of all ages," Strevens told Doctor Who Magazine.

"Jodie gets a really good send-off. I think it will push everybody’s buttons. And the fact the BBC asked us for it to be part of their Centenary celebrations – I think that just underlines the iconic nature of the show."

Who will be the new Doctor in Doctor Who?

Ncuti Gatwa attends the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: Ncuti Gatwa attends the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Sex Education star Ncuti Gatwa has been announced as the next Doctor in Doctor Who.

Speaking of his new role, Ncuti said: “There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared. This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will endeavour my upmost to do the same.

"Russell T Davies is almost as iconic as the Doctor himself and being able to work with him is a dream come true. His writing is dynamic, exciting, incredibly intelligent and fizzing with danger. An actor’s metaphorical playground. The entire team have been so welcoming and truly give their hearts to the show. And so as much as it’s daunting, I’m aware I’m joining a really supportive family. Unlike the Doctor, I may only have one heart but I am giving it all to this show."

Meanwhile, returning showrunner Russell T. Davies commented: “The future is here and it’s Ncuti! Sometimes talent walks through the door and it’s so bright and bold and brilliant, I just stand back in awe and thank my lucky stars.

"Ncuti dazzled us, seized hold of the Doctor and owned those TARDIS keys in seconds. It’s an honour to work with him, and a hoot, I can’t wait to get started. I’m sure you’re dying to know more, but we’re rationing ourselves for now, with the wonderful Jodie’s epic finale yet to come. But I promise you, 2023 will be spectacular!”

We cannot wait to see what Ncuti brings to the role!

Doctor Who returns to BBC One this autumn for its Centenary episode. For more, check out our dedicated Sci-Fi page or our full TV Guide.

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