This is getting fun! Less than a day after the Daily Mirror reported that Doctor Who stars Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole's Graham and Ryan were set to depart after the upcoming special "Revolution of the Daleks" (expected late 2020/early 2021 holiday season), the Radio Times adds a little "nuance" to the report. Mandip Gill's Yaz is expected to return, joining Jodie Whittaker's Doctor and showrunner Chris Chibnall for Series 13.
Though the special has apparently been filmed, details of their departure are being kept under wraps – with the UK media news site reporting there's a very strong possibility that Walsh and Cole could return as recurring characters – similar to how Freema Agyeman's Martha Jones was brought back, even after her 2007 departure.
While the Doctor was left in a very precarious situation by the time the credits rolled on the season finale (spoilers!), Chibnall promises that the Doctor will find a way out of "captive audience" status and that "Team TARDIS" will be there to take on Daleks one more time:
"We can't leave the Doctor there! On that cliffhanger! Well, we did. But rest assured, the Doctor and her friends will be back for a one-off extended Special around Christmas and New Year. (I don't know when they're going to put it on yet, otherwise we'd tell you!). There will be Daleks. There will be exterminations. Thrills, laughter, tears. You know. The usual. See you at the end of the year."
In what should come as no surprise, we still don't know the details on the Daleks' return or if previous reports of different models of Dalek signify a greater civil war between the various Dalek "upgrades" (based on the special's title and public set reports).
But for now? Let Sacha Dhawan take you behind the scenes and into the planning stages to show you what went into preparing for his role as the latest version of the Doctor's deadliest enemy (we told you), the Master: