The Doctor Who holiday special Revolution of the Daleks is set to air on New Year’s Day, and The Doctor herself Jodie Whittaker has revealed that knowing Bradley Walsh’s Graham and Tosin Cole’s Ryan were leaving the show made her sad the entire time they were filming.
“I was absolutely beside myself,” Whittaker told EW. “I don’t have a poker face. It’s my actual job, so I should be better at it. But I remember when they called wrap on that day, Tosin was like, ‘Calm Down!’ I’d gone, I’d absolutely gone. In a way, it’s just reflective of the time we’ve had and this journey. I’m really lucky. Me and Mandip are still in the journey, but, because it was the end of us four, and us four have been so tight, it was one of those things. I know that in my life, this is one of the best things that will ever happen to me and the best times that I will ever have on set. This job is this thing that is untouchable. There’ll be a million other amazing experiences, hopefully. But if I do this for 20 seasons I know my first time as the Doctor was with this family as this four and this is our time — a Goonies moment, it’s our time! I felt very much like a kid in a well. I was so sad.”
Although Graham and Ryan will be leaving the series, the fan-favourite character Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, is set to make his long-awaited return in Revolution of the Daleks. Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill will continue to serve as The Doctor and Yaz respectively beyond the holiday special episode.
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The Doctor is locked away in a high-security alien prison. Isolated, alone, with no hope of escape. Far away, on Earth, her best friends, Yaz, Ryan and Graham have to pick up their lives without her. But it’s not easy, old habits die hard. Especially when they discover a disturbing plan forming. A plan which involves a Dalek. How can you fight a Dalek, without the Doctor?