Doctor Who
2022 specials
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DVD cover art for the first two specials
Country of originUnited Kingdom
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No. of episodes2
Original networkBBC One
Original release1 January 2022 (2022-01-01) –
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The 2022 specials of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who are three additional episodes that follow the programme's thirteenth series, and were first announced in July 2021. The first special aired on 1 January 2022, with the additional specials airing later the same year. They will be the final episodes to feature Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor and Chris Chibnall as showrunner. The specials also star Mandip Gill and John Bishop as the Doctor's travelling companions, Yasmin Khan and Dan Lewis, respectively.

The three specials were directed by Annetta Laufer, Haolu Wang and Jamie Magnus Stone respectively. Chibnall wrote all three specials, co-writing the second with Ella Road, a new contributor to the programme. The first two specials were filmed alongside the thirteenth series, and were completed by August 2021, with the third special having completed filming by that October.


See also: List of Doctor Who episodes (2005–present)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [1]
2981"Eve of the Daleks"Annetta LauferChris Chibnall1 January 2022 (2022-01-01)4.3077
On New Year's Eve, Nick arrives at ELF Storage to drop off a Monopoly board to the irritation of Sarah, the owner. The Doctor, Yaz and Dan attempt to reset the TARDIS to remove damage and anomalies caused by the Flux, intending to spend time at a beach. Instead, it lands in ELF Storage and causes a time loop. Nick finishes in his storage unit, but as he exits he gets exterminated by a Dalek which then proceeds to kill Sarah and the TARDIS crew. The loop then resets as the crew start to suspect something strange. Together, they have to figure out how to escape the complex before the time loop closes as the Daleks hunt the Doctor; a Dalek execution squad assembles and advances their tactics with each loop. They encounter many of the strange things that Jeff, Sarah's employee, keeps in the complex, including boxes of fireworks and high explosives. As the loop closes, the group move unpredictably to outsmart the Daleks until they trick them into shooting the boxes of fireworks, destroying the ELF facility and the Daleks whilst facilitating the Doctor's escape. They watch the ensuing firework display having survived the time loop.
2992"Legend of the Sea Devils"Haolu WangElla Road and Chris Chibnall17 April 2022 (2022-04-17)3.4776
Geomagnetic anomalies cause the TARDIS to land in 1807 China, whereupon the Doctor, Yaz and Dan encounter the pirate queen Madame Ching and young villager Ying Ki, after Ching accidentally frees the rampaging Sea Devil Marsissus from imprisonment. Ching reveals to Dan and Ying she is searching for the legendary sailor Ji-Hun's lost treasure. The Doctor and Yaz discover Ji-Hun apparently made a pact with the Sea Devils but was betrayed. They infiltrate the Sea Devils' undersea lair, bluffing them into inspecting Ji-Hun's rebuilt ship, and find and free Ji-Hun from stasis aboard. The Doctor learns the key to Marsissus' imprisonment, Ying's gem that he inherited from Ji-Hun's trusted crewmate's descendants, is necessary for the Sea Devils to flood and colonize Earth. The TARDIS crew, Ching, Ying and Ji-Hun engage the Sea Devils in a swordfight. The Doctor uses the gem to disrupt the Sea Devils' plans, but Ji-Hun sacrifices himself to ensure the sabotage succeeds. Ching recovers the treasure, while Dan attempts to bond with Diane and the Doctor reluctantly rejects Yaz's feelings for her.
3003"The Power of the Doctor"[2][3]Jamie Magnus StoneChris ChibnallOctober 2022 (2022-10)TBDTBA


See also: List of Doctor Who cast members

Jodie Whittaker returns as the Thirteenth Doctor for the three episodes,[4] with the final special set to be the last episode to feature Whittaker in the role.[5][6] Mandip Gill and John Bishop also return as Yasmin Khan and Dan Lewis, respectively.[7][8] Aisling Bea and Adjani Salmon guest star in the New Year's special, "Eve of the Daleks", which also features Pauline McLynn.[9] The second special, "Legend of the Sea Devils", features Crystal Yu as pirate queen Madame Ching, as well as Arthur Lee and Marlowe Chan-Reeves.[10]

A trailer for the final special, "The Power of the Doctor",[3] confirmed the return of Jacob Anderson as Vinder, and Jemma Redgrave as Kate Stewart, both of whom last appeared in the thirteenth series. The Master, played by Sacha Dhawan, and Ashad, played by Patrick O'Kane, who both appeared in the twelfth series, will also return. The special will also see the return of former companions Tegan Jovanka and Ace, portrayed by Janet Fielding and Sophie Aldred, respectively.[11] Mandip Gill confirmed her departure from the show in the final special on 3 May 2022.[12]



On 29 July 2021, the BBC announced Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall, who serves as executive producer and showrunner of the series, would both depart the series after a run of specials in 2022.[13][14] Chibnall stated their departures were part of a "three series and out deal" he made with Whittaker prior to the eleventh series.[15] The first two episodes were produced as part of the eight episodes ordered for the thirteenth series, and were already set to be held for 2022.[16] A third feature-length special was later ordered to coincide with the centenary of the BBC and serve as Whittaker's regeneration episode.[17] The BBC describes the final episode as an "epic blockbuster special".[18] Executive producer Matt Strevens, who joined the series alongside Chibnall, is also set to depart once production is complete.[19] Chibnall later stated that post-production on the final special would continue into 2022 under the working title "the Centenary Special".[20] Emily Lawrence, the visual effects editor, confirmed digital effects work was still ongoing in January 2022.[21] Co-executive producer Nikki Wilson is also set to leave after the BBC Centenary special, after being part of the show since "The Sontaran Stratagem" (2008), and its spin-off show, The Sarah Jane Adventures.[22]


Chibnall continues as the head writer for the New Year's special episode, which features the Daleks in a loose trilogy that connects their appearances in the past New Year's specials, "Resolution" (2019) and "Revolution of the Daleks" (2021).[23] Chibnall also wrote the following specials, co-writing the second with Ella Road.[24] The second special features the return of the Sea Devils in their first appearance since Warriors of the Deep (1984).[10] The Daleks and the Cybermen will appear in "The Power of the Doctor".[11][3]


The first two episodes were filmed in the same production run as the thirteenth series.[25] Annetta Laufer directed the first special, and Haolu Wang directed the second.[26][27] Filming for those specials concluded in August 2021.[27] "The Power of the Doctor" was filmed throughout September 2021, directed by Jamie Magnus Stone,[28] concluding on 13 October 2021.[8][29]

Production blocks were arranged as follows:[23][24][failed verification]

Block Episode Director Writer(s) Producer
1 "Eve of the Daleks" Annetta Laufer Chris Chibnall Sheena Bucktowonsing
2 "Legend of the Sea Devils" Haolu Wang Ella Road and Chris Chibnall Nikki Wilson[30][31]
3 "The Power of the Doctor"[3] Jamie Magnus Stone Chris Chibnall


On 20 July 2022, Segun Akinola announced that he would not return after the final special, and that this episode would be his last.[32]



Details of the New Year's Day special, "Eve of the Daleks", were revealed following the conclusion of "The Vanquishers", the finale of the thirteenth series.[23] Details of "Legend of the Sea Devils" were likewise released after "Eve of the Daleks" concluded.[10] Casting and details of the centenary special, without yet revealing the title or airdate, were again likewise released after "Legend of the Sea Devils" concluded.[11] The title of the special, "The Power of the Doctor", was announced on 14 September 2022.[3]

As part of the promotion for "Legend of the Sea Devils", Scottish musician Nathan Evans was featured on the official Doctor Who YouTube channel, singing an adaptation of the sea ballad "Wellerman".[33]


The first of the three specials aired on 1 January 2022 in the series' traditional New Year's Day time slot.[34] The second special aired on 17 April 2022 as an Easter special,[35] with the third and final special expected to air in October 2022 as part of the BBC's Centenary celebrations.[36][37][38]

Home media

See also: List of Doctor Who home video releases

Series Episode name Number and duration
of episodes
R2/B release date R4/B release date R1/A release date
Doctor Who : "Eve of the Daleks" & "Legend of the Sea Devils" 1 x 50 min.
1 x 60 min.
23 May 2022
(D,B) [39]
13 July 2022
(D,B) [40]
28 June 2022
(D,B) [41]



No. Title Air date Overnight ratings Consolidated ratings Total
AI Ref(s)
Rank Viewers
1 "Eve of the Daleks" 1 January 2022 3.21 6 1.09 25 4.299 77 [1][42][43]
2 "Legend of the Sea Devils" 17 April 2022 2.20 11 1.27 24 3.465 76 [1][44]

Critical reception

On Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator website, 82% of 11 critics gave "Eve of the Daleks" a positive review, with an average rating of 7.20 out of 10. The site's consensus reads "Doctor Who scales back and is all the better for it with a New Year's special that finds fresh notes within a self-contained yarn."[45] On Rotten Tomatoes, 57% of 7 critics gave "Legend of the Sea Devils" a positive review, with an average rating of 4.90 out of 10.[46]


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