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.
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.