A brand new and sparkling episode of Doctor Who is just around the corner now, meaning one thing - The departure of Peter Capaldi and the welcoming of Jodie Whittaker. This year's Christmas Special will see the Twelfth Doctor [Peter Capaldi] team up with his first incarnation [David Bradley, originally played by William Hartnell] for what will be a tale of hope and redemption.
This Christmas Special titled 'Twice Upon A Time' will see both Doctors stranded in a snowy landscape, where they're both refusing to regenerate and change face. Not only that, the Doctors are introduced to a lone World War One soldier, as well as reuniting with companion Bill Potts, who departed the show in the Series 10 finale in July. One of the synopses reads:
This is the magical last chapter in the Twelfth Doctor’s epic adventure. He must face his past to decide his future. And the Doctor will realise the resilience of humanity, discovering hope in his darkest frozen moment. It’s the end of an era. But the Doctor’s journey is only just beginning.
However, that may seem all exciting and happy to see, but, it has been hinted that another Time Lord will make a surprising return in 'Twice Upon A Time', but who is that?
It has been reported that the classic villain The Valeyard will be storming back to Doctor Who on Christmas Day and face the Twelfth and First Doctor in the snowy landscape. Take it with a pinch of salt, but revealed on the Doctor Who discussion website, Gallifrey Base, Mark Gatiss' role as The Captain in the Christmas Special has the surname of Averlady. Now, it doesn't exactly take a genius to work it out, but if your re-arrange those letters, you get the word Valeyard.
According to The Master, The Valeyard is "the distillation of all that was evil in the Doctor, and a composite of his every dark thought." Back in the Classic Era, the Seventh Doctor [Sylvester McCoy] dreamt of his other selves in his mind and unexpectedly heard the menacing Valeyard threaten the Doctor.
The Doctor's dream was described by saying:
"When the Doctor's strength was at its lowest, he would reach out from the recesses of the Doctor's subconscious and seize his body."
Obviously, it remains unclear at this point in time whether The Captain does actually have the surname of Averlady and making him the Valeyard.
Seeing the Valeyard back in Doctor Who won't be exciting for the younger viewers of the show, but for the older generation. The Valeyard is yet to make appearance since the show was revived back in 2005, but the older generation know exactly who he is and would love to see him make an exciting comeback!
Let us remember that there is no other evidence online suggesting that the Captain has the surname of Averlady, meaning there's every chance that it isn't true. But, there no reason to say fans can't speculate still. The Valeyard returning is either a wind up from a fan to spark some new reports, or the Steven Moffat has done this deliberately to get fans excited even more for the special to then find out it's not true.
Peter Capaldi will sadly bow out of Doctor Who in the coming weeks and will hand over the TARDIS key to the show's first ever female Doctor—Jodie Whittaker.
'Twice Upon A Time' airs on Christmas Day on BBC One with a provisional time of 17:30, where Pearl Mackie will reunite with Peter Capaldi for one final magical adventure.