Doctor Who fans are prepared to cry like Weeping Angels this Christmas Day as “Twice Upon a Time” is set to be the Twelfth Doctor’s final bow, with Peter Capaldi handing the keys to the TARDIS to Jodie Whittaker by the end of the episode. Regenerations are usually heartbreaking fare, but one of the cast members has now suggested that this one will actually be heartwarming.
David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones) is set to guest star in the special as the First Doctor, with Capaldi coming face to face with his original incarnation. While speaking to ComicBook.com, Bradley praised the episode for its good-heartedness and even went as far as to compare it to one of the most beloved Christmas classics of all-time.
“It’s full of good-heartedness. I would say even if you have never seen Doctor Who before, I think you will love it. It’s a story for me that is as heart-warming as It’s A Wonderful Life. I would say it has a heartwarming aspect of storytelling. It will be funny as well as heartwarming, and I think the fans will love it. I can’t wait to see it. I normally don’t get too excited about things I’ve done, but with the Doctor Who, I can’t wait to see it. I’m very excited.”
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Saying that this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special is just as heartwarming as a movie that’s been making audiences cry over and over again for 70 plus years is a bold claim, but we’ll have to take Bradley’s word on this one for now.
After all, there’s a lot of latent drama in the premise, with both the First and Twelfth Doctors being on the cusp of death but refusing to regenerate and lose all that they are in the process. Over the course of the adventure, however, we know that they must learn the importance of change and decide to move forward, regenerating into the Second and Thirteenth Doctors, respectively.
We shall have to see if “Twice Upon a Time” can really make us cry as much as It’s A Wonderful Life when Doctor Who airs Christmas Day on BBC One/America, but if one thing’s for certain, it’s that you’ll want to have some tissues handy when you sit down to watch.