Doctor Who’s queer romance will be at the heart of forthcoming Easter Special

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Doctor Who is returning for Jodie Whittaker’s penultimate episode, Legend of the Sea Devils, and queer fans are in for a treat! 


LGBTQ+ Doctor Who fans were over the moon when the 13th Time Lord, played by Jodie Whittaker, saw the beginnings of a romance with her companion Yaz, played by Mandip Gill, during the New Year special Eve of the Daleks.

In the holiday special (below) Dan, the Doctor’s second companion, played by John Bishop, pushed the two to talk about their feelings for one another.

The new episode is set to see the Doctor joined by Yaz and Dan for an adventure in 19th century China, where they take on fearsome pirate queen Madame Ching (played by Crystal Yu) and the Sea Devils.

Sea Devils haven’t featured on screen since 1984’s Warriors of the Deep, with this new episode marking only their third major appearance on the show since 1972 in The Sea Devils.


Gill, who plays Yas, told RadioTimes that the relationship between her character and the Doctor would be getting more screen time in the Easter special, adding that their relationship is at “the heart” of the episode. 

“That’s where I think the heart is, the understanding, the emotion that Chris Chibnall is so good at writing,” Gill said. “So I won’t tell you which way it goes, but we obviously have to touch upon that again – it wouldn’t make sense not to.”


Although the romance will play an integral part of the special, it won’t overshadow the plotline of the episode, however: “I mean, that’s in the midst of everything else that’s going on,” Gill added. “And you know, the sword fight with the Sea Devils and all that kind of stuff.”  


Meanwhile the rumoured list of who could take over as the 14th doctor is already extensive. Years and Years frontman and It’s a Sin actor Olly Alexander has categorically said it won’t be him, despite rumours floating around to suggest otherwise. 

It’s a Sin co-star Omari Douglas, who fabulously portrayed Roscoe Babatunde in the Channel 4 drama, has also been rumoured. We would LOVE TO SEE a gay person of colour as the next Time Lord!! So let’s hope it happens! 


Read the full Radio Times interview for Legend of the Sea Devils here and catch the trailer below! 


Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils comes to BBC One and BBC iPlayer on Sunday 17th April.