The Doctor Who Centenary Special, "The Power of the Doctor," Jodie Whittaker's final episode starring as the Thirteenth Doctor, has aired on the BBC and will debut on Sunday night in the United States [SPOILERS follow]. In addition to Whittaker's regeneration, which had an unexpected outcome, the episode included appearances by several former Doctor Who stars who aided the Doctor in her moment of crisis. Whittaker previously said that the 90-minute special would be one longtime Doctor Who fans can appreciate -- "It's one for the Whovians," she told Empire Magazine. "It's a huge treat if you're a proper fan. It's got all the iconic things that you associate with Doctor Who. It's massive" -- these Doctor Who returns (on top of several returning companions and the Master, Daleks, and Cybermen all threatening the Doctor in a single episode for the first time in modern Doctor Who history) seems to have been what she was referring to.
Can't wait for the episode to air, or just need a refresher on Doctor Who history? Here's every Doctor that appeared in the Doctor Who Centenary Special, "The Power of the Doctor."
"The Power of the Doctor" airs Sunday night on BBC America. Doctor Who returns for its 60th anniversary in November 2023.
The Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker)
Let's start with the obvious. Jodie Whittaker led "The Power of the Doctor" as the Thirteenth Doctor. This is her farewell episode.
Whittaker started her time as the lead of Doctor Who in 2017 with Series 11 and she lasted three series and three additional specials. She was the first and only woman to lead the show in its 60-year history.prevnext
The First Doctor (David Bradley)
David Bradley reprises the role of the First Doctor in the episode. He has taken the role over from original Doctor Who star William Hartnell, who died in 1975.
Bradley played Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time, a docudrama about the creation of Doctor Who. The BBC then recruited him to play the First Doctor in Peter Capaldi's final episode, "Twice Upon a Time."prevnext
The Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison)
Peter Davison reprises his role as the Fifth Doctor. He originally played the character in three series, taking over from Tom Baker in 1982 and lasting until 1984.prevnext
The Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker)
Colin Baker followed Pete Davison with a three-series tenure as the Sixth Doctor beginning in 1984. Unfortunately, his aloof Doctor proved unpopular and the BBC fired him from the role in 1986. Baker did not take it well and refused to film his regeneration scene.
Fences have been mended since then, as this appearance suggests. Like Davison, Baker has reprised his Doctor in audio adventures since 1999.prevnext
The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy)
Sylvester McCoy became the Seventh Doctor in 1987. Unfortunately, his three seasons would prove to be the end of the classic Doctor Who series, which the BBC canceled in 1989.
McCoy briefly reprised his role in the ill-fated American Doctor Who pilot. He has also continued to play the character in audio adventures.prevnext
The Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann)
A surprising favorite among Doctor Who fans considering his limited screentime, Paul McGann made only his third televised appearance as the Eighth Doctor in "The Power of the Doctor." His previous appearances were in the American Doctor Who made-for-TV movie, and the mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor."
Despite the made-for-TV film not spawning a series, the Eighth Doctor became the hero of many Doctor Who novels and comics published while the television show was still off-the-air. McGann's Eighth Doctor Adventures have also proven popular in audio format.prevnext
The Fugitive Doctor (Jo Martin)
The Fugitive Doctor is a previously unknown past incarnation of the Doctor first introduced in "The Fugitive of the Judoon," ahead of the Timeless Child reveal. Jo Martin plays the character, becoming the first person of color to play the Doctor.
While Martin hasn't had the opportunity to lead the series, the Fugitive Doctor's history was recently explored in a Titan Comics miniseries. Martin will also soon join the Doctor Who audio line.prevnext
The Fourteenth Doctor (David Tennant)
David Tennant is best known for playing the Tenth Doctor. Now he will also be known as the Fourteenth Doctor, it seems.
Jodie Whittaker's regeneration ended in a twist as Tennant appeared in place of soon-to-be Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa. His adventures continue in next year's 60th-anniversary celebration.prev