In just a few short days, ‘Doctor Who’ fans will see the Twelfth Doctor come face-to-face with the First in a Christmas special that will lead to the Thirteenth Doctor’s historic debut. David Bradley, who plays the First Doctor in the special, recently opened up about his part in the holiday special, and the actor had high praise for the upcoming episode. Bradley said:
“It’s full of good-heartedness. I would say even if you have never seen ‘Doctor Who’ before, I think you will love it.” It’s a story for me that is as heart-warming as ‘It’s A Wonderful Life.’ I would say it has a heartwarming aspect of storytelling.”
He continued, saying:
“It will be funny as well as heartwarming, and I think the fans will love it. I can’t wait to see it. I normally don’t get too excited about things I’ve done, but with the ‘Doctor Who,’ I can’t wait to see it. I’m very excited.”
Fans of ‘Doctor Who’ will be familiar with Bradley as he was featured in the show’s most recent episode. The actor, who is known for his work in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise and ‘Game of Thrones,’ stepped into William Hartnell’s shoes for the sci-fi series. Bradley was brought in to play the First Doctor for ‘Doctor Who’ after he played Hartnell himself in a docudrama. Bradley spoke about how he came to be on the series:
“I was checked out about a year ago to see if I were interested if they were going to write it. They got the go ahead in about March or April, but I already said I would be delighted. After having had such a great experience on ‘Adventure of Space and Time,’ I was happy to have a go at playing the Doctor as opposed to playing William Hartnell playing the Doctor.”
Bradley continued, saying:
“It was in many ways different and in many ways the same. I was familiar with the character and I did a lot of background work on him. I felt I was part of the way there with him vocally and physically. It was just a question of learning the thing because I got the script just a couple of days before the read-through.”
‘Doctor Who’ fans were thrilled when they learned the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventure would include the First Doctor. Although, the actor did admit the two Doctors do not see eye-to-eye when the Christmas special starts. He teased:
“Well, they don’t get off to a very good start. I encounter him near the South Pole, and we’re both having a crisis of confidence. There’s a reluctance to regenerate, and he’s having the same crisis. There’s a bit of tension to start between them before they realize they are actually one and the same person. There’s a conflict there, but it’s more of a humorous conflict because they are both coming from different backgrounds and sensibilities.”
While Bradley couldn’t say much about the special itself, the actor did reveal that ‘Twice Upon a Time’ will put two of Doctor Who’s most beloved characters together in a tundra just hours ahead of the holidays. With both Doctors facing regeneration, they only have themselves to rely on as their final moments draw near.
Don’t miss what is sure to be a tear-jerking, humorous end to an era when ‘Twice Upon A Time’ airs on Christmas Day!