Doctor Who wrapped up its thirteenth series (since the modern reboot, that is) with The Flux, a six-part storyline that turned time upside down, and brought back iconic villains such as the Sontarans and the Weeping Angels. 

Season 13 was the final full season with Jodie Whitaker as the Doctor and showrunner Chris Chibnall's last in charge. However, both will be returning for a series of Specials across 2022. The first (Eve of the Daleks) took place on New Year's Day, and so all eyes are turning to the next episode, Legend of the Sea Devils. 

Here's what we know about the next Doctor Who Special, and everything beyond that - including all the rumours about who will replace Jodie as the next Doctor. 

When does Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils air?

The second Doctor Who Special will air on Easter Sunday, 17 April 2022 on BBC One at 7:10pm BST. It will be 50 minutes long. 

Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils trailers

The full trailer of Legend of the Sea Devils is here (along with a swashbuckling outfit for Dan). Take a look:

There is also the first teaser which aired after the New Year's Special - watch it below:

Who's in the cast for the Doctor Who spring 2022 Special?

In case you couldn't guess, Jodie Whitaker is back for this special. She'll be joined by her trusty companions from Season 13 - Mandip Gill's Yaz and the internet's new favourite meme, John Bishop's Dan. 

Joining them will be special guest Crystal Yu as the pirate queen, Madame Ching. She will be joined by Arthur Lee as Ji-Hun and Marlowe Chan-Reeves as Ying Ki.

What about the plot of Legend of the Sea Devils?

The Sea Devils are a very old villain of Doctor Who, with their last appearance being in 1984’s Warriors of the Deep. They've retained their classic design, with only a few minor tweaks. 

Here's the official synopsis for Legend of the Sea Devils:

"This episode 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?”

At the end of Eve of the Daleks, the Doctor decided that she wanted to discover what had happened to the lost treasure of the Portuguese ship, the Flor de la Mar, in November 1511. Whilst this is earlier than when the next episode is set, there must be some sort of link for the stories to interconnect. 

It's likely that this episode will also explore Yaz's feelings for the Doctor after Dan decided to speak to both of them about it. However, we suspect that if any big moves are made, it's more likely to be in the final episode, when Jodie regenerates. Speaking of which...

Are there more specials on the way?

Yes - there will be one more special after the spring 2022 episode, which will air in autumn 2022.

The third, feature-length special will serve as a farewell - and regeneration - for Whitaker's Doctor.

There are strong hints that the last episode could see the return of Sacha Dhawan's Master after Time revealed to the Doctor that her regeneration was coming and that she should “Beware of the forces that mass against you…and their Master”.

Therefore, we're expecting a big showdown between the two Time Lords, and perhaps even more information about the Timeless Child plot that was explored more in The Flux. 

Executive producer Matt Strevens has teased that the final episode of Jodie's run is "a massive, feature-length epic... with lots of surprises for fans of all ages".


Whilst you wait, you can always catch up on older episodes. The BBC's added every single episode of the show since 2005 - including Eve of the Daleks - to the iPlayer streaming service. That means you get every episode from every Doctor from Christopher Eccleston to Jodie Whittaker, without paying a penny.

If you want to go even older, the classic show is now all on BritBox in its entirety - though it's worth noting that you will have to pay to subscribe.

Who is the next Doctor and showrunner?

With Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall leaving, all eyes are turning to their successors. 

Russell T Davies has been confirmed to return to the helm of the show just in time for the series' 60th birthday. The showrunner originally brought back new Who with Chris Eccleston in the leading role until 2009, and then also led the show with David Tennant as the Doctor. 

Bad Wolf will also be producing the series when Davies takes over:

He's not yet detailed the plot plans for once he takes over, nor has he disclosed who will be taking over the lead role once Whittaker steps down. 

Many news outlets are reporting that David Tennant will be reprising his role as the Doctor, after rumours circulated about a BBC source saying that he had been cast.

However, the rumours state that he would only stay in the role for three specials before passing the torch onto the next face, who would stay on for an entire season. 

Allegedly, Tennant wouldn't be a rehashed 10th Doctor - he would be considered the 14th. Tom Baker proved in the 50th anniversary special that the Doctor does revisit old faces in the future when regenerating, so it is entirely possible.

Further rumours indicate that we could see other past faces, including Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and even Chris Eccleston. 

In addition, viewing figures for the show have been steadily dropping - so casting the most popular Doctor for the 60th anniversary would make sense. No official source has so far confirmed these rumours. 

David Tennant

Rom-com legend Hugh Grant us now also in talks for the role, according to The Mirror. Allegedly, Russell T. Davies is looking to give the show a 'Marvel-style makeover', with Grant bringing a fresh feel to the role.

The source also states that the new series will tell the stories of key characters who've encountered the Doctor before, so perhaps we could see familiar faces from across both classic and new Who. 

Grant has since denied these rumours on Twitter.

It's a Sin star Lydia West is another favourite to be the next Doctor after some alleged leaked emails seemed to confirm her name (via Den of Geek). She has previously worked with Davies, who is known for continuing to work with actors across multiple shows. 

Bleeding Cool also reported that UK bookies have suspended bets on who will take over from Jodie. The last time the bookies suspended bets was when Peter Capaldi was rumoured to replace Matt Smith, which came to pass. 

Other favourites to succeed as the next Doctor are Olly Alexander, Michael Sheen, Michaela Coel and Richard Ayoade.

How can you watch Doctor Who in the US?

Obviously, Doctor Who is a British show, but in recent years BBC America has been better about airing the show as close as it can to the British air date, to minimise piracy. This is the same for season 13 - BBC America airs each episode in a regular Sunday evening slot at 8/7c.

If you'd rather watch episodes from the BBC (or re-watch any older episodes), you can use a VPN to stream episodes on iPlayer as if you were in the UK. Bear in mind that this is a breach of the iPlayer terms of use since you won't be paying the licence fee, but it will let you watch every episode of the show since 2005.

Warner Bros. has acquired exclusive US streaming rights to the series for HBO Max, so going forward that's where you'll need to go to watch any and all Doctor Who from 2005 onwards. That includes Eve of the Daleks and other new episodes, but only after they're broadcast on BBC America first.

Check out our full guide to watching Doctor Who from outside the UK for more options.