An Old ‘Face’ Returns for the “Doctor Who” Christmas Special

The first incarnation of the Doctor is set to return for the 2017 Christmas Special. According to the Mirror, David Bradley (Argus Filch in the Harry Potter series) will play William Hartnell’s original Doctor, a role he first portrayed in 2013’s An Adventure in Time and Space, a docu-drama about the creation of the celebrated sci-fi series.

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Only this time, Bradley is the first Doctor in the Christmas Special, as opposed to the actor playing the actor playing the Doctor.


David Bradley is most known for playing Argus Filch, Hogwart’s caretaker in the Harry Potter series. Fans would also recognize Bradley as Walder Frey in Game of Thrones (the world’s best wedding planner). He also plays Abraham Setrakian in The Strain. In 2012, he played Solomon in the Doctor Who episode, ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.’

“David was convincing as Hartnell, it’s exciting he’s back,” an insider told the Mirror.

The rumored plot of the Christmas Special may have some spoilers. Read more if you want to know how Bradley/Hartnell’s Doctor will interact with Capaldi’s.

The Mirror says in the Christmas Special, “the First Doctor has to help the 12th play out his last mission in the TARDIS. The pair, along with every other regeneration, must work together to save their home planet Gallifrey by moving it to another dimension.”

Sound familiar? It looks like we are going back to the climactic moment in the Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, The Day of the Doctor. Supposedly, that close-up shot of Capaldi’s eyes is the start of his own regeneration.

As it has already been speculated, Capaldi’s Doctor may have already regenerated, or in the process of regenerating, by the end of series 10.

How will this play itself out? Time will tell.

Are you excited to see the Doctor interact with his former (and future selves) in the Christmas Special? Let us know in the comments!

Michael Fromm
Michael Fromm
Michael E. Fromm is an all-around scrivener, writing screenplays (short and feature), short stories, novels, poetry, blogs, articles, and press releases. Since first learning to hold a pen, he has done little but read, watch, and write about characters and worlds of fantasy. It would be very difficult to find him without a pen in hand and an idea in mind, which is problematic for anyone wanting to have a conversation with him. Michael graduated from Rowan University, primarily focusing on improving his skills as a filmmaker and screenwriter. After said schooling, he joined an elite force of Rowan grads who also had the notion of becoming filmmakers. This group, known as Justice Productions, call on him every so often to write short films. And, until this whole writing thing pays off, Michael currently does development & marketing communication (writing, graphic & publication design, social media and website upkeep, etc.) for a web development company in Central New Jersey, where he currently resides.