Doctor Who: Legend of the Sea Devils – Easter air date officially announced

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As we previously reported, the second of three 2022 Doctor Who specials, Legend of the Sea Devils, will air on BBC One Easter Sunday, April 17.

The air date was officially announced on official social media on Monday, March 28, 2022, twenty days before the special airs.

The special promises some swashbuckling action with the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and companion Yaz (Mandip Gill) brandishing swords.

“Yaz also has a quick sword fight,” Mandip Gill stated in an interview published on October 24. “It was a short rehearsal before the shoot, but I really enjoyed it and am excited to see how it looks.”

“I also do sword fighting in this,” Jodie Whittaker stated in the same interview. “or maybe it is best described as avoiding being got by a sword – I really loved that.”

Companion Dan (John Bishop) will appear in full Caribbean pirate costume.

Composite synopsis:

In a swashbuckling special adventure, the Doctor, Yaz and Dan come face to fin with one of the Doctor’s oldest adversaries, the Sea Devils — in a coastal village in 19th century China. Why has legendary pirate queen Madam Ching come searching for a lost treasure? The fearsome pirate unwittingly unleashes a terrifying, monstrous alien force beneath the sea. Will the Doctor, Yaz and Dan emerge from this adventure to save the planet? And did Yaz really have to dress Dan up as a pirate?

Along with the main cast, the episode also features: Crystal Yu as “pirate queen” Zheng Yi Sao, also known as Ching Shih (Madame Ching), Arthur Lee as Ji-Hun, Marlowe Chan-Reeves as Ying Ki and Craige Els as the Sea Devil leader.

There is more information, interviews and photos about Legend of the Sea Devils to come in Doctor Who Magazine 576, which will be released on Thursday, March 31.

Written by Chris Chibnall and Ella Road, directed by Haolu Wang and starring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, John Bishop, Crystal Yu, Arthur Lee, Marlowe Chan-Reeves and Craige Els, Legend of the Sea Devils airs Easter Sunday, April 17, at 7:10pm BST on BBC One and at 2:10pm and again at 8:00pm EDT on BBC America.