According to UK media reports Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord will not have a temporary companion for his Doctor Who Christmas special this year.
Pearl Mackie won’t appear until the first episode of the 2017 series -the final under showrunner Steven Moffat.
Matt Lucas returns for the Christmas special as Nardole, River Song’s former assistant. He will also appear in 2017.
Another guest character is tipped to be played by Canadian actor Justin Chatwin (Shameless, War of the Worlds) as a “superhero character.”
Head writer Steven Moffat has indicated that the Christmas special will have “a lot of heart…[and] a lot of brain too”, while Mark Gatiss said the script made him cry.
Meanwhile ABC this week confirmed spin-off series Class would be fast-tracked in October.
Source: Radio Times