A year has passed since then Doctor Who say goodbye to Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor in “Power of the Doctor“ – an episode that didn’t exactly deliver the most appropriate thing Farewell to her term of office. But Enough of it! Remember when David Tennant showed up for like 30 seconds at the end? The BBC wants you to remember this. Please. For the love of God, Please.
That’s exactly the sentiment of this new behind-the-scenes video the company released today to mark the one-year anniversary of Power of the Doctor. That might be a little mean, but to be fair, it makes a lot of sense considering we’re exactly a month away from it Doctor Who60th anniversary, and with David Tennant back in action as the new incarnation of the Doctor, the BBC is focusing much more on that future than the relatively recent past. Despite the Tennant-heavy focus, the actor himself wanted to make sure Whittaker stayed in the picture that day.
“We texted throughout the entire experience,” Tennant notes in the video. “I wanted her to feel like she was sharing the moment.”
Sometimes Doctor Who will film regenerations with both actors present – for Tennant’s own regeneration from the 10th to the 11th Doctor, he and Matt Smith filmed their scenes on the same day – but in the case of Whittaker’s departure and the end of Chris Chibnall’s tenure as Doctor Who Showrunner ended up filming the 14th Doctor side of the regeneration sequence months after Whittaker himself left. Aside from the production complications of having to bring the actors together months later, Whittaker was at least able to be mentally present for the rest of her explosive farewell from the TARDIS.
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