One of the oldest and wackiest Doctor Who the bad guys are back, and for once they really do look awesome. Originating in a Third Doctor story in 1972 and last seen in 1984, the aquatic Sea Devils will return for Jodie Whittaker’s next big movie. Doctor Who special in 2022. Here’s everything you need to know about Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devilsincluding what it is, when it airs and how it shakes the wibbly-wobbly Which cannon.
What happened to Vigil of the Daleks?
After the events of Doctor Who New Year’s Special, Eve of the Daleks, the current team of the TARDIS is reunited again and leaves for new adventures. However, at one point in the time loop episode, the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) told Yaz (Mandip Gill) that her “actions” were “catching up with her.” Yaz later asked her what she meant, and the Doctor ignored it. But we all know it: The Thirteenth Doctor is heading for a regeneration. In the Flux season finale, a character named “Time”, told the Doctor, “Your time is coming to an end… nothing is eternal, no regeneration, no life.”
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This actually means that the three 2022 Doctor Who promotions have begun and each new episode counts towards the end of the Whittaker era. Vigil of the Daleks was the first, i.e. Legend of the Sea Devils will be the penultimate adventure of the Thirteenth Doctor.
Trailer for Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils
In the trailer for Legend of the Sea Devils we see the Doctor, Yaz, and Dan take a trip to 19th-century China, where they meet pirate queen Madame Ching (Crystal Yu). And the final shot of the trailer revealed a Sea Devil, an adversary to the Doctor we haven’t seen onscreen since the Fifth Doctor’s (Peter Davison) 1984 series, “Warriors of the Deep.”
Who are the sea devils?
First introduced in 1972 in a series called “The Sea Devils” by the Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee), these aquatic lifeforms are not aliens, but rather an offshoot of an ancient sentient reptile species, the Silurians. .
Introduced in a 1970 Third Doctor series titled “Doctor Who and the Silurians”, this race of upright reptiles ruled the Earth for centuries and co-existed alongside dinosaurs before the evolution of humans. The Silurian Reptilians and their Sea Devil aquatic cousins appeared in “Warriors of the Deep” in 1984. But it wasn’t until 2010 with the Eleventh Doctor (Matt) episodes “The Hungry Earth” and “Cold Blood.” Smith) that the Silurians have returned. After their return, the Silurians appeared sporadically throughout the Smith and Capaldi eras, but the Sea Devils were ignored.
Until now! The title of Legend of the Sea Devils suggests that Doctor Who reevaluates the canonicity of the original Sea Devils and will attempt to reconcile them with previous versions of the Doctor. The timeline has been reset and changed somewhat since the era of the Fifth Doctor, which could indicate that these sea devils have a different purpose than the ones we’ve seen before. And while previous encounters with Sea Devil happened in the 20th and 21st centuries, this episode takes place in the 19th century. So, at least from the Sea Devils’ perspective, that could mean we’re about to see the first encounter between the Doctor and their kind.
Who is casting for Doctor Who: The Legend of the Sea Devils?
The following Doctor Who special will feature:
- Jodie Whittaker as Doctor
- Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan
- John Bishop as Dan Lewis
- Crystal Yu as Madame Ching
When Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils to be freed?
According to a BBC press release, Legend of the Sea Devils will air in the spring of 2022. Jodie Whittaker’s final special will then air in the fall, so we can see her regenerate before Thanksgiving 2022.
When is the next Doctor Who actor to be announced?
So many fans pointed out, in January 2009, it was revealed that Matt Smith was replacing David Tennant as Doctor in 2010. That was almost a year before Regeneration actually happened onscreen. From 2009 to early 2010, David Tennant also had a few one-off promotions to wrap up his tenure as the Tenth Doctor, but fans knew who the next Doctor would be.
Right now we’re in a similar position to the fans in 2009; we watch one-off specials from a titular doctor knowing that a new one is coming. But the new Doctor hasn’t been revealed, and the final episode with the titular one arrives much sooner.
Following the departure of Jodie Whittaker, showrunner Chris Chibnall will also leave, making way for the return of showrunner Russel T Davies, who revived Which in 2005. Has Davies chosen the new Doctor yet? Have they started filming?
We do not know. But if Doctor Who the history of production is due to tradition, the answer is yes. Not only has the new Doctor likely been cast, but they may have already filmed their regeneration scene. It means The legend of the sea devils brings us a little closer to the new face of Doctor Who for 2023 and beyond.
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