Jodie Whittaker’s final episode, which will air later this year, will see actors Janet Fielding and Sophie Aldred return as Tegan Jovanka and Ace.
Fielding was a companion to the fourth and fifth Doctors from 1981 to 1984, while Alred appeared on the show from 1987 to 1989 alongside the seventh Doctor.
The trailer, which was shown after Sunday (17 April) night’s Easter special, also shows Whittaker’s Doctor being told that she’s going to die.
The 39-year-old actor announced her departure from the series last year.
For the first time since Doctor Who returned to BBC One in 2005, the Master, the Daleks, and the Cybermen will all feature in one single story.
“Jodie’s final feature-length story contains a plethora of treats and surprises for audiences and fans, not least the return of two of the most beloved companions in the show’s history,” showrunner Chris Chibnall said.
“This is the day you die…” 🔥
The Thirteenth Doctor faces the forces that mass against her in her final adventure. Autumn 2022. pic.twitter.com/qztTwmLCaP
— Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils (@bbcdoctorwho) April 17, 2022
“They’ll be helping the Doctor fight on three fronts, against her deadliest enemies: the Master, Daleks and Cybermen, in one huge story!”
The “epic and emotional send-off for the Thirteenth Doctor” will also mark the BBC’s centenary celebrations.
I am so excited to see these two back on screen in Doctor Who. @jfmouthonlegs and @sophie_aldred you both look amazing! Can’t wait to find out what you have both been up to since you last saw the Doc! Bring on the next episode! #DoctorWho #Tegan #Ace #Braveheart pic.twitter.com/em7lGH64oL
— David (@JustRandomizer) April 17, 2022
Fielding also shared her experience of featuring on the show. She said: “In some ways, it was a very different experience to what it was like when I finished recording in 1983, but in many ways, it was very similar. It was so lovely to be a working member of the Doctor Who family again.”
Aldred added: “It’s been quite a challenge to have such a big secret to keep, even from my family, and I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited to have been asked back. I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I adored being part of the Tardis team again.”
— Michael Kelly (@mjkkelly1973) April 18, 2022
Fans are quite excited about the return of Fielding and Aldred’s characters.
“Didn’t realise that nostalgia would become the number one hot property talked about in #DoctorWho when we got to see companions I knew from way back watching Who as a kid on-screen, now returning in the #13thDoctor’s finale ep aka Tegan and Ace,” one person wrote.
Another fan added: “This makes me happier than I ever thought it could! Finally, Ace and Tegan are back!”
— Doctor Gio (@DoctorGioWho) April 18, 2022
What an amazing end to my beautiful Easter Sunday; rediscovering long lost friends on Facebook; then discovering that #Tegan and #Ace @jfmouthonlegs @sophie_aldred will be back in the next #DoctorWho special! Some days in life are just pure magic 😉💙 pic.twitter.com/5DtypzRjcG
— Peter Irving (@irvingact3) April 18, 2022
“Ace and Tegan?!? Holy s***, I need to catch up on #DoctorWho quickly,” another fan wrote.
Also confirmed to be taking to the screen for the Doctor’s epic battle for survival are Jacob Anderson’s Vinder and Jemma Redgrave’s Kate Stewart.