After the exciting announcement of Ncuti Gatwa being cast as the Fourteenth Doctor, it appears that old/new showrunner Russell T Davies has spilled the beans on the running time and airdate for the Centenary special.
The story will be Jodie Whittaker’s swansong as the Thirteenth Doctor, as well as being Chris Chiball’s last as showrunner.
Here’s what former/future showrunner Russell T Davies said on the red carpet at this year’s BAFTAs:
“Lovely Jodie Whittaker, who I adore, I spoke to her yesterday. We phoned her yesterday to tell her about Ncuti. She is still the Doctor. She has got an enormous finale, an epic finale, a 90-minute finale in October. So we are polite gentlemen. It is only right and fair to shut up. 2023 you will be fed up of us. We will be ready by then. Until then we bow to Jodie. We love her.”
If it turns out to be true, then we’d all be in for an extended, tear-jerking farewell for Jodie Whittaker’s thirteenth incarnation. “Two hearts: one happy, one sad,” as she said in Revolution of the Daleks.
Of course, the Centenary special will not only include Jodie’s regeneration but also the return of Ace, Tegan, the Daleks, Cybermen, and the Master, as played by Sacha Dhawan. So it certainly needs a longer duration than normal episodes!