Here’s why the Captain’s identity in Doctor Who is so special

The Captain’s identity in the Doctor Who Christmas special has been kept secret since the episode title was announced.

But we’re guessing the big reveal caused excited gasps across the nation – well, in the Whovian households anyway.

As the Doctor returned Mark Gatiss’s mysterious character to the trenches – although moving the timeline hours ahead to reach the 1914 Christmas truce – the Captain revealed his name to be Captain Archibald Hamish Lethbridge-Stewart.

Cue squeals from the fandom.

For newer fans of Doctor Who, here’s why that little reference was so special.

The Captain identified himself as the grandfather of Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, aka the Brigadier.

The Brigadier was one of the co-founders of UNIT, or the United Nations Intelligence Taskforce (later Unified Intelligence Taskforce), and went on to become not only one of the Doctor’s greatest allies in defending Earth, but one of his best friends.

The Brigadier, played by Nicholas Courtney, appeared in 23 stories in the original run of Doctor Who, making him one of the most frequent recurring characters in the series, while he made an appearance in The Sarah Jane Adventures in 2008.

Lethbridge-Stewart also appeared as a Cyberman in the Capaldi episode Death In Heaven in 2014

Following Courtney’s death in 2011, Lethbridge-Stewart’s death was announced in the Matt Smith episode The Wedding Of River Song, with the Doctor learning of his old friend’s passing after calling a nursing home.

The Brigadier was also mentioned numerous times during the 50th anniversary episode, and lives on through his daughter Kate Stewart – UNIT’s Chief Scientific Officer, played by Jemma Redgrave, who has appeared alongside Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi.

Twice Upon A Time, the Christmas special, saw the Captain accidentally frozen at the point where he and an enemy soldier faced off in the trenches.

However, the Doctor – both Capaldi and the original Doctor, played by David Bradley – managed to save them both by fast-forwarding to the Christmas truce in an emotional scene.

The special was Capaldi’s final episode as the Doctor, with the Time Lord regenerating into Jodie Whittaker – the first ever female Doctor.

Via: Metro News