Steven Moffat’s final episode as showrunner of Doctor Who will hint at the subconscious reasons behind the Doctor’s transformation into a woman. At the end of this year’s Christmas special, “Twice Upon a Time”, Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord will regenerate into Jodie Whittaker’s iteration, and incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall will take over from Moffat.

This is a turning point for the overarching narrative of Doctor Who. The last episode to focus on Peter Capaldi’s Doctor is expected to leave “everyone in tears”, before introducing Whittaker as the new incarnation of the series’ immortal protagonist. Outgoing boss Moffat has assured fans that Jodie Whittaker is “already brilliant” ...

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