The Doctor Who Holiday Special Will Be The Last Ride
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The Doctor Who Holiday Special Will Be The Last Ride In The TARDIS For Two Companions

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BY February 11, 2021

The Doctor Who news keeps trickling out slowly this week. We already know that the upcoming holiday special will air on New Year’s Day, and feature the return of Captain Jack Harkness. But now we have also learned that this episode: “Revolution of the Daleks” will also be the last appearance for two of the Doctor’s companions. Actors Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh who play the Grandfather/Grandson duo of Ryan and Graham will be departing the series after the holiday special. What does this mean for the future of Doctor Who? Let’s dig in and see what we know.

Doctor Who Ryan Graham Image via BBC

Ryan and Graham Will Leave The Show After The Holiday Special

In an interview with BBC Studios, the actors addressed the news. They discuss how the companions find themselves alone on Earth in “Revolution of the Daleks.” It seems as though they feel like the Doctor has abandoned them, and are a little miffed about it. Cole discusses how his journey with the Doctor has made Ryan more confident and self-sufficient. This may lead to him deciding not to continue his journeys with the Doctor once she reappears. And inevitably Graham would follow his grandson’s lead. He wouldn’t want to leave him behind, now that he has lost both his mother and grandmother.

Doctor Who Ryan Image via BBC

Actor Bradley Walsh said that filming the final episode as a companion was “very, very dramatic. It is very sad. It is quite sad, and poignant is the word. You can expect a lot of poignancy from the episode.”

Both actors spoke to the emotional nature of their final scenes in the upcoming holiday special. But they didn’t give a clear reason for their departure from the show. It is possible that their character’s arcs have simply come to a natural conclusion. Or there could have been complications with having too many companions onboard the TARDIS during a pandemic.

Doctor Who Graham Cancer Controversy Bradley Walsh Space Harp Controls Image by James Pardon via BBC Studios

Will The Doctor Get Any New Companions?

Fans will certainly be sad to see Ryan and Graham depart. But this news also raises other questions. Presumably Yaz will still be sticking around for awhile as the Doctor’s companion. But will the Doctor gain any new companions? Is it possible that the return of Captain Jack Harkness might be a more permanent one? Captain Jack has been a substitute and temporary companion for other Doctors in the past. Will he stick around to have more adventures with the 13th Doctor, after two of her companions opt out?

One thing that should be noted is that if Yaz becomes the Doctor’s sole companion, that is a historical moment for Doctor Who. A female doctor with another woman for a companion? That has never happened before and would be very interesting to see. However this is another reason I wonder if Captain Jack will stick around for awhile. As progressive as Doctor Who can be, I feel like they would want another prominent male character for Jodie Whittaker to play off.

First Black Female Doctor Who Yaz and Jodie not pleased with Graham's Hentai Image via BBC

Only time will tell what we can expect from the next season of Doctor Who, and what these developments will mean for the show moving forward. Until then we will be ready for “Revolution of the Daleks” airing on the BBC on New Year’s Day.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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