Doctor Who’s Mandip Gill promises ‘brilliant and iconic’ Dalek comeback in 2020 festive special – The Sun

DOCTOR Who star Mandip Gill has said there will be a "brilliant and iconic' Dalek comeback in this year's festive special

The Leeds actress who plays Yasmin (Yaz) Khan on the beloved sci-fi series will go face to face with the evil Daleks alongside The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker).

Just days before the country went into lockdown, the BBC announced this year's Christmas special would be called Revolution of the Daleks.

It will see The Doctor and companions Graham O'Brien (Bradley Walsh), Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) and Yaz facing off against the Time Lord's greatest enemy.

The special will air later in the year and Mandip couldn't be more excited to take on The Doctor's iconic foe.

Mandip told Radio Times: "Oh, it's brilliant! They never get old."

"Working with iconic monsters and whatnot, that people associate with Doctor Who, makes you feel more cemented in the series.

"When we work with things like Cybermen, John Barrowman, the Daleks, the Judoon… you feel like you're now properly part of the Doctor Who family."

The good news is that the special will definitely be going ahead, after fans worried the coronavirus pandemic might have affected production.

But the Revolution of the Daleks was filmed before the country's lockdown.

Mandip said: "It was absolutely pure luck we happened to have filmed it.

"I guess it's the way it always films – they filmed the special at the same time as series 12."

Fans will probably have to wait longer for series 13 of the sci-fi favourite, though, because filming was supposed to start later this year.

She continued: "The conversations are probably happening somewhere else, and everyone is affected, so I guess we're just going to have to wait for guidelines."

Showrunner Chris Chibnall has said that "stories are forming" for the 13th series and "plans continue to be hatched" as the team waits for the green light to go back into production.

Meanwhile, the BBC confirmed Billie Piper and Christopher Eccleston will be returning to the Doctor Who universe in the new multi-platform spin-off Time Lord Victorious.

Little else was known about the spin-off other than it is a major new Doctor Who series but BBC has just released some new information which will get Whovians very excited.

An "amazing epic" multi-platform experience will tell the story of several doctors protecting Gallifrey using different mediums including, comic books, audio dramas, magazines and more.


The BBC said in a statement: “Following several Doctors across space and time as they defend their home planet from a terrible race, this is a story like no other.”Doctor Who airs on BBC One in the UK and BBC America in the US, and will return for a festive special.

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