David Tennant and Catherine Tate have appeared in a new trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who series, which sees the couple return to the franchise after 13 years.
In a surprise twist at the end of the last series, Jodie Whittaker’s version of the character regenerated in iteration of David Tennant’s Doctor – who played the iconic Time Lord between 2005 and 2010.
Fans were widely expecting an appearance from Ncuti Gatwa, who was announced as the new doctor earlier This year.
Instead of the traditional Christmas episode, fans were treated to a 60-second clip ahead of next year’s trilogy of anniversary episodes, featuring Tennant, Tate and US star Neil Patrick Harris – who will take on the villain role when the show returns next fall.
Russell T Davis is returning as the show’s writer and executive producer, with the BBC also teaming up with Disney to make the show, with the media giant handing over a significant budget.
“We wanted to give fans, friends and families a nice little Christmas present – with the promise that 2023 will be a riot of Doctor Who goodness,” he said.
In the trailer, a buzzing Tardis is heard and then seen landing in an alley, along with a host of monsters and the return of UNIT.
Tate, who plays Donna Noble, says, “Sometimes I think there’s something missing. Like I got something beautiful, and that’s it.”
Meanwhile, Tennant says, “I don’t know who I am anymore.”
He later adds, “I don’t believe in fate, but if fate exists, it’s headed for Donna Noble. If she ever remembers it, she’ll die.”
Elsewhere in the cast, Jacqueline King and Karl Collins will reprise their roles as Tate’s on-screen mother Sylvia Noble and her on-screen husband Shaun Temple, while Years And Years star Ruth Madeley joins the series as Shirley Anne Bingham.
Breakout Heartstopper actress Yasmin Finney will also appear on the show as Rose, alongside Patrick Harris, who says, “The show is just getting started. World premiere.”
The show is set to explain the return of David Tennant’s Doctor, who will star in three episodes celebrating the show’s 60th anniversary next year, before Sex Education actor Gatwa takes over as the 15th Doctor next Christmas. .
He appears at the end of the trailer, sporting a mustache, once again saying, “Can someone tell me what’s going on here?!”
And he’ll have to wait a while to find out – as the BBC announced, the show won’t return until next November.