The BBC have confirmed that the next Doctor Who special, Legend of the Sea Devils, will air on Easter Sunday (17th April)

First teased in a trailer following this year’s New Year’s Day special, Eve of the Daleks, further details of the next Doctor Who special have been confirmed today by the BBC. Legend of the Sea Devils will be the second of three specials set to air across this year, which we now know will land on our screens on Easter Sunday (17th April).

A third and final feature-length special is due to air in autumn of this year as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations. This last special will culminate in Jodie Whittaker’s departure from the role of the Doctor.

As revealed in January’s ‘next time’ trailer, Legend of the Sea Devils will of course see the return of the eponymous Sea Devils, creatures first encountered by the Third Doctor back in 1972. This story will find the Doctor, Yaz, and Dan in a small, coastal village in 19th-century China under threat from historical pirate queen Madame Ching (portrayed by Crystal Yu), as well as the monstrous alien force she unwittingly releases. Legend of the Sea Devils will also star Arthur Lee as Ji-Hun, and Marlowe Chan-Reeves as Ying Ki.

Several new stills from the upcoming special were also recently unveiled via the official Doctor Who social media channels. These images gave us a closer look at the newly re-designed Sea Devils, along with Crystal Yu‘s Madame Ching, as well as the Doctor and Yaz dressed in 19th-century Chinese attire.

Doctor Who will return this Easter Sunday (17th April) with Legend of the Sea Devils.

Legend of the Sea Devils finds the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) in 19th century China, where a small coastal village is under threat – from both the fearsome pirate queen Madame Ching (Crystal Yu) and a monstrous alien force which she unwittingly unleashes. Will the Doctor, Yaz and Dan emerge from this swashbuckling battle with the Sea Devils to save the planet?


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