DOCTOR Who has revealed the moment Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord regenerates.
The shocking moment is glimpsed at in the new trailer released by the BBC after the first episode of the new series aired, and it also gave a look at John Simm’s return as The Master.
The Doctor can be seen regenerating while surrounded by soldiers, while The Master returned at the very end with his old face.
Meanwhile it has been claimed that Kris Marshall will take over the role.
The actor – best known for his roles in My Family and Death in Paradise – has reportedly already begun filming for the new BBC space epic series.
“Kris Marshall has already joined the cast and will regenerate at the end of this series, not in the Christmas special,” a source told the Mirror.
According to the paper, the BBC has refused to consider a woman for the lead character, with the source adding: “They won’t risk a woman Doctor. They want a David Tennant type.”
The BBC has denied the claims and insisted no casting decisions have been made.
Fans became convinced Kris would be the actor to take over the role after he quit Death in Paradise just says after current Doctor Peter Capaldi announced his decision to quit.
The alleged new Doctor could be arriving far sooner than expected with the new trailer for the show seemingly showing a regeneration.
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With 12 episodes planned, the series finale is due to air at the beginning of July, months before the Christmas special where historically the character regenerates.
The tell-tale signs come right at the end of the trailer where the Doctor can be seen clutching his chest in pain, as the golden regeneration energy covers him.
However fans are sure to speculate that this is a red herring and it wouldn’t be the first time that Dr. Who showrunners have added a fake regeneration to keep the audiences gripped.
Back in 2008 when it had already been announced that David Tennant was to leave the show, an episode midway through the series had Tennant’s Doctor regenerate back into himself.
With Capaldi’s replacement not yet announced an early regeneration would be sure to guarantee higher audience ratings, something that the last full season struggled with.
To confuse fans even more, the Doctor’s latest assistant Bill is hardly anywhere to be found in the more dramatic scenes of the trailer and Nardole (Matt Lucas) goes to catch what looks like a sonic screwdriver flying through the air.
This follows reports that actress Pearl Mackie won’t make it past her first series as latest companion, Bill.
The trailer features several other teasers for Whovians including the return of the Doctor’s famous foes, the Dalek’s and the Cybermen.
Doctor Who’s tenth series begins on April 15 on BBC One.
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