Doctor Who surprises fans with classic cameos

Many of the previous Time Lords appeared in hologram form in the new episode Rogue.

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Ncuti Gatwa and Jonathan Groff in Doctor Who episode Rogue. (BBC Studios/James Pardon)

Doctor Who series 14 continued with its sixth episode on Saturday evening, titled Rogue, and surprised fans with a load of classic cameos.

In this pastiche of Bridgerton and the Regency era, audiences saw The Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) and Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) locking horns with a body-snatching race known as the Chuldur.

Bounty hunter Rogue (Jonathan Groff) also played a huge role in the drama; initially misidentifying the TARDIS traveller as one of the Chuldur and threatening to incinerate him. Desperate to prove his innocence, the Time Lord begged to be scanned by the artificial intelligence system on Rogue's spaceship.

Nostalgia hit hard as his previous regenerations all popped up in hologram form.

All previous 13 Time Lords briefly appeared as holograms. (BBC screenshot)
All previous Time Lords briefly appeared as holograms. (BBC screenshot)

"Rogue I'm telling you, you've got the wrong man," pleaded The Doctor while locked in a charging transport gate. "If you kill me you leave a Chuldur out there on 19th-century Earth, think about all the innocent people that will die!"

He then slow-motion launched an identity card at the ship's computer, which scanned his body and produced a revolving line-up of Doctor heads from across the ages around him.

This included those portrayed by: David Tennant, Jodie Whittaker, William Hartnell, Tom Baker, Richard E. Grant, John Hurt, Peter Capaldi, Christopher Eccleston, Matt Smith, Jo Martin, Colin Baker, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, Paul McGann, and Sylvester McCoy.

"I'm not a Chuldur, I'm something much older and far more powerful," said Gatwa's Fifteenth incarnation. "I'm a lord of time from the lost and fallen planet of Gallifrey, now let me go bounty hunter. We have work to do..."

The Doctor and The Rogue sharing a dramatic kiss. (BBC screenshot)
The Doctor and Rogue sharing a dramatic kiss. (BBC screenshot)

Many Whovians posting on social media were overwhelmed with emotion, having been reminded of all the incredible performers to step into this iconic role.

"Seeing all the doctor's faces, THAT'S MY CHILDHOOD," wrote one fan on X.

"That was cool... The previous incarnations of the Doctor," added somebody else, before a third shared: "Love seeing old faces of previous doctors..."

Doctor Who continues next Saturday (15 June) on BBC One.