Now, like I said, it’s best to treat this firmly as a very wild rumor for now. However, in a lot of ways it makes sense. Both Capaldi and outgoing showrunner Steven Moffat have spoken about a desire to return to that moment Twelve’s eyebrows blazed across TV screens within the show’s timeline, and as a life long Doctor Who fan, Peter Capaldi has long professed his childhood adoration for the earliest era of the show. He’s even already getting his dream of fighting the original Cybermen from Hartnell’s last story in season 10, so what’s to say that an appearance of his childhood Doctor isn’t another farewell gift to the actor?


Presumably we’ll find out a little more about Doctor Who’s Christmas special—and whether or not this rumor holds water—by the end of the season 10 in a few months.