The moment is here when fans said goodbye to Peter Capaldi‘s Twelfth Doctor.  Capaldi’s run was unfortunately never fully embraced and as he developed more interest in directing, his tenure as this iconic character wound up being shorter than others’.

Even so, he turns in a bravura performance in his final scene, below.  He dictates his learning for his next regeneration which basically boils down to “Be kind.”  He gets to deliver a rousing soliloquy before regenerating into the much discussed Thirteenth Doctor, the first time the character has manifested as a woman.  Jodie Whittaker (‘Broadchurch’) steps into the role… and then falls.  Far.

Of course, the clip ends in a cliffhanger, as the next series of ‘Doctor Who’ doesn’t kick off until next year.

Writer Mark Gatiss, who appeared in the episode ‘Twice Upon A Time’ said:

“As we discovered at the climax of the last season, the Doctor is about to regenerate, but doesn’t want to.  Not because he doesn’t want to change his face but [he thinks] maybe this is time to finish it. And then unexpectedly, out of the snow, arrives his very first incarnation, now played by the great David Bradley…. It’s essentially a kind of chamber piece of David, and Peter, and Pearl [Mackie], and me, and this strange mysterious threat. But really it’s about the wonderful interplay between the two Doctors. Both Doctors are about to regenerate, one of them for the first time, one for the 13th, or whatever it is now. It’s a very charming, funny, and rather moving script.”

 Whittaker’s Doctor will be joined on her exploits by Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole.  She seems thrilled to be the first female to assume this iconic role, saying:

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey — with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet. It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor.  It means remembering everyone I used to be while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

Watch the passing of the torch below:



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Source: Doctor Who