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Twice Upon a Time 

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The Twelfth Doctor, still refusing to change, goes on a last adventure with the First Doctor.


Rachel Talalay


Steven Moffat, Kit Pedler (written by: "The Tenth Planet") | 1 more credit »





Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
David Bradley ... The Doctor
Pearl Mackie ... Bill
Mark Gatiss ... The Captain
Jenna Coleman ... Clara
Matt Lucas ... Nardole
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Helen Clay
Toby Whithouse ... German Soldier
Lily Travers ... Polly
Jared Garfield ... Ben
Nicholas Briggs ... Daleks (voice)
William Hartnell ... The Doctor (archive footage)
Anneke Wills ... Polly (archive footage)
Michael Craze ... Ben (archive footage)
Jodie Whittaker ... The Doctor


The magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor's (Peter Capaldi) journey sees the Time Lord team up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley)'and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure. The two Doctors find each other in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass-like entities, who steal their victims from frozen time, and a World War I captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor's story. A tale about the power of hope in humanity's darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning.

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English | German

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25 December 2017 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The First Doctor's explanation that the Twelfth Doctor is his nurse is a callback to the first multi-Doctor Episode, "The Three Doctors", when the Second Doctor was forced to assume the role of the Third Doctor's assistant. See more »


The First Doctor acts as if he is astonished that he will eventually regenerate into another person. Yet, by the time the First Doctor has reached this point in his life, he has already experienced the events of Doctor Who: The Five Doctors and Doctor Who: The Three Doctors: Episode One in which the First Doctor was made very much aware that he would eventually regenerate into several different people. However, it has been previously explained in Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor and Doctor Who: The Doctor Falls that earlier incarnations cannot retain any memory their meetings with later incarnations. See more »


[first lines]
Thirteenth Doctor: Oh, brilliant!
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The Doctor Who legend has come to an end with an infamous final.
27 December 2017 | by ssdemirSee all my reviews

It was an insensitive episode. Technically it is over with the death of the last Doctor, and it will be a cheap political show from now on. Susan's grandfather, River's husband will a woman.

A step towards pseudo-discrimination. Why is Doctor always British? If he is an alien and has no so-called gender why is there a nationality? And why do Doctor and other time lords in human form? Wherever we look, this show was killed by an illogical thought stream.

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