What? A Timey Wimey review of “The Power of the Doctor”

David Tennant: The Fourteenth Doctor – Courtesy of the BBC

If you’ve lived under a rock for the past few days then you know that the wonderful David Tennant is back as the 14th Doctor. Well maybe, but we know its all Timey Wimey for sure. Our first encounter with this Doctor, besides the fact that he knows his teeth, is the trademark expression What which has become a staple of how Tennant encompassed the role.

In the episode “The Power of the Doctor”, Jodie Whittaker’s run as the Doctor has concluded with, spoilers ahead, callbacks to the regeneration episode with David Tennant. This episode finds the Doctor going back to fight her old rival The Master (Sacha Dhawan) with Daleks and Cybermen in the mix. I have to say that it wouldn’t be a fitting conclusion without having one of these involved.

It was good to see classic Doctor Who companions like Ace (Sophie Aldred) and Tegan Jovanka (Janet Fielding) reprising their roles again. Through the AI version of the Doctor we were treated with modern incarnations of some of the classic era doctors like Sylvester McCoy (Seventh Doctor), Paul McGann (Eighth Doctor/Movie Doctor), Colin Baker (Sixth Doctor), David Bradley (as the First Doctor), and Peter Davison (Fifth Doctor). This could have been seen as fan service but it did go a long way to push the story and bring some closure to the relationships with the companions.

As the time of the regeneration came we were all expecting to see the likes of Ncuti Gatwa as the next Doctor only to see Tennant reprise his new old role. If you have never seen Doctor Who then all of this will be very confusing.

“How, what, why? We’re giving you a year to speculate, and then all hell lets loose!”— Russell T Davies

“With David Tennant and Catherine Tate reprising their roles for the 60th anniversary, it has been confirmed that they will appear in three special episodes, set to air in November 2023. The next Doctor, played by Ncuti Gatwa, will then take control of the TARDIS, with his first episode airing over the festive period in 2023.”

Ncuti Gatwa: Fifteenth Doctor – Courtesy of the BBC
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