Revolution of the Daleks: what is known so far about the Doctor Who special

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Doctor Who stars Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh and Mandip Gill are scheduled to appear in a live-streamed video panel for New York Comic Con on October 8.

Panel moderator Melanie McFarland mentioned the Doctor Who festive special Revolution of the Daleks in a tweet. The time of the panel has changed to 1:40pm since her tweet of September 26.

A trailer, information, and/or an air date for the special may be released during the panel. What follows is some information about the special which may be shown or discussed.

Main Cast

Jodie Whittaker (the Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Mandip Gill (Yaz), Tosin Cole (Ryan)

Likely Guest Cast

John Barrowman

Barrowman was spotted in costume as Captain Jack Harkness in the background of video featuring an eating competition between Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill at Roath Lock Studios in Cardiff. The main cast are all in costume with Gill, Tosin Cole and Bradley Walsh wearing costumes not seen in any Series 12 episode. The video was likely recorded during Revolution of the Daleks filming, which immediately followed Series 12 filming in October of 2019. Barrowman’s only Series 12 filming for Fugitive of the Judoon occurred at Clifton Cathedral in Bristol, not Roath Lock Studios.

Chris Noth

Noth, who played Jack Roberston in the Series 11 episode Arachnids in the UK, was in Cardiff in October of 2019 when Revolution of the Daleks was filming. Rumour has it that the TARDIS will visit Robertson’s office headquarters.

Gray O’Brien

BBC News stated in November of 2019 that Gray O’Brien “recently filmed scenes for the new series of Doctor Who.” O’Brien played Rickston Slade in the 2007 Doctor Who Christmas special Voyage of the Damned. It is unknown whether he will reprise the role or play a different character. Update: Gray O’Brien did not appear in the special. The most likely reason for this is that an entire scene set in a castle in Scotland was cut.


As the title of the special implies, the mutant monsters from Skaro will indeed appear. Dalek voice actor Nicholas Briggs told the Radio Times that Revolution of the Daleks is “a very apposite title. It fits perfectly – but not in the way that you’d think. I can see why they’ve called it that.”

A photo of a unique Dalek design from Revolution of the Daleks filming has appeared on several social media posts. The origin of the photo is unknown but the same Dalek design was seen at filming of the special in Bristol.


Asteriod Prison

The final Doctor Who Series 12 episode, The Timeless Children ended on a cliffhanger with the Doctor arrested by the Judoon as a fugitive from the law and imprisoned in a rocky space gulag. The rough rock and metal tunnels in the interior of the asteroid prison were built as studio sets. This is possibly the Time Lord prison Shada.

Suspension Bridge

A climactic scene with several Daleks was filmed at Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol on October 23, 2019.

Number 10 Downing Street

We can’t reveal our source for this but a replica set of the exterior street of the office of the British Prime Minister in London was built for the special. The location previously featured prominently in the Series 1 episode Aliens of London.


The Caerphilly Council offices in Wales were used for filming on October 21, 2019. A source at the location said it was dressed as an airport terminal. In addition, a supporting artist was hired to portray one of the background travellers.

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Filming occurred at Cardiff Castle the evening of October 29, 2019. A castle interior set was built at Roath Lock Studios as well. Skott Roze (now Scott Rose-Marsh) is cast as a castle guard in Revolution of the Daleks. Update: as mentioned above, an entire castle scene was cut from the special.

City Streets

The October 29 film crew continued working into the early morning of October 30 on the streets of Cardiff City Centre. Many extras were seen running among special effects explosions.

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In a June 19 podcast, Mandip Gill suggested the outcome of Revolution of the Daleks is uncertain.

“It’s all very secretive. I obviously know where it’s left off but it’s so ambiguous that it could go any which way.”

Update: There might have been some alternative choices of narrative filmed which were undecided at the time of Gill’s podcast.

Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Lee Haven JonesRevolution of the Daleks is set to air sometime during the festive season this winter.

The New York Comic Con panel Doctor Who Spotlight will stream at 1:40pm on October 8 via Metaverse.