Peter Capaldi is keen to resolve a loose plot thread in Doctor Who dating back 52 years.
At the end of The Dalek Invasion of Earth, with his cybernetic foes defeated the First Doctor departed without granddaughter Susan, leaving her on the newly-liberated Earth with new boyfriend David Campbell. Although he claimed that “one day, I shall come back”, the Doctor never revisited the mid-22nd Century again in Who canon (apart from an alternate timeline, but that’s a long story). And it’s something Twelfth Doctor Capaldi wants to pick up.
At Fan Expo Dallas earlier this month, a fan at the Doctor Who panel asked Capaldi was asked which past companion he’d like to bring back. His answer? “Susan. Her story wasn’t finished.”
Actress Carole Ann Ford, who played Susan in the first year of Doctor Who and appeared in specials The Five Doctors and Dimensions in Time, revealed last year that she met Capaldi in Cardiff while he was shooting Last Christmas, the 2014 Christmas special. It’s fair to say Capaldi was letting his inner fanboy surface: Ford described him as “running around the TARDIS saying, ‘She’s got to come back! She’s got to come back!’” Asked if she’d be interested in coming back, she responded fairly succinctly: “Yeah, of course! Are you kidding?”
Speaking of companions [nice segue there – ed], the BBC has officially announced that Matt Lucas will be appearing as a regular in series 10. A press release from Auntie states:
“Matt Lucas returns to Doctor Who from the opening episode of series 10 which starts filming next week in Cardiff.”
Matt Lucas commented: “I’m chuffed to bits that Nardole is returning to the TARDIS for some more adventures. I loved acting with Peter and I’m excited to work with Pearl.” Steven Moffat added: “Delighted and slightly amazed to be welcoming Matt Lucas back on to the TARDIS – and this time it’s not just for Christmas, he’s sticking around. One of the greatest comedy talents on planet Earth is being unleashed on all of time and space.”
Nardole of course appeared in The Husbands of River song, set in 5343 on the colony of Mendorax Dellora. However, he ended the episode as a head taking turns controlling the former King Hydroflax’s robotic body, so whether he’s got his own robot body or not is anybody’s guess.
Finally for this roundup, John Noble has revealed that he’d like to appear in Doctor Who. The Australian actor is probably best known for his role as Walter Bishop in Fringe, but he has also starred in the Sleepy Hollow TV series and currently plays the father of Sherlock Holmes in Elementary, alongside his appearance as Denethor in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Asked at this year’s MCM London Comic Con which TV role he’d most like to play, Noble replied: “If I could go back in time and [be] any character… Doctor Who, probably. He’s so extraordinarily legendary and very, very cool. That would be fun to do!”
Out of this, we’re most interested in the prospect of Susan coming back. There was the theory that Maisie Williams’s Ishildr/Lady Me last season would turn out to be a regenerated Susan, but unfortunately she was a Viking given alien healing technology. So come on Steve, get your finger out…
Doctor Who starts filming again next week, with the next episode scheduled for 25 December.
Source: Cult Box