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Doctor Who: Jenna Coleman ‘saves Christmas’ with surprise cameo as Jodie Whittaker makes her debut

Fans react to the Doctor Who Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time

Jenna Coleman was heralded as she returned to Doctor Who on Christmas Day.

The actress’s Clara Oswald, assistant to both the Eleventh and Twelfth Time Lord, appeared in a memory during the festive episode.

She told Peter Capaldi’s Doctor: “Hello you stupid old man … don’t go forgetting me again, because, quite frankly, that was offensive,” moments before he was regenerated.

The emotional episode also featured appearances from Mark Gatiss, Pearl Mackie, Matt Lucas and David Bradley as the First Doctor.

Viewers were delighted to see Coleman’s Clara return – with one fan saying she had 'saved Christmas'...

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Coleman's surprise appearance came as Jodie Whittaker made her debut.

The actress embarked on her Doctor Who journey with a bang as she fell from the Tardis moments after transforming into the Time Lord.

As Peter Capaldi’s Doctor regenerated in the show’s Christmas Day special, the first ever female to take the role uttered her first lines and was warmly welcomed by fans.

Jodie Whittaker new picture as first female Time Lord

(Image credit: Copyright BBC Worldwide 2017)

In the actress’s native Yorkshire accent, Whittaker's Time Lord said, “Ahh brilliant” as she got her first glance of the Tardis controls.

The time travelling vehicle then span out of control with the Thirteenth doctor falling through its open doors into space.

The first sight of Whittaker in the sci-fi show excited fans on social media, with fans hailing her 'stunning' entrance whilst also bidding farewell to Capaldi...

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Capaldi’s last words as the Time Lord included the line: “Never be cruel, never be cowardly … Remember hate is always foolish, and love is always wise.”

Christmas Special Peter Capaldi final

The emotional instalment also featured David Bradley as the first ever Doctor, the Christmas truce of the First World War, and even saw the Doctor meet the grandfather of one of his greatest friends, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

Moffat and Capaldi’s exit marks a significant change for the BBC show, with Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall taking on the role of showrunner.

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