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Doctor Who Spring Special Images Reveal New Look at Sea Devils

New images from the new Doctor Who spring special reveal the redesigned Sea Devils, marking their first appearance on the revived series.

Images from Doctor Who‘s upcoming spring special reveal the first look at the Sea Devils, classic Doctor Who villains making their first appearance on the revived series. Debuting in 1963, Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction series of all time, amassing a large cult following of fans and a significant place in British pop culture. The latest special, “Eve of the Daleks,” aired on January 1, 2022.

Doctor Who follows the titular Doctor, an extraterrestrial being who can travel through time via his blue police box. Using the TARDIS, the doctor combats enemies, saves civilizations, and helps those in need. The Doctor has been played by multiple actors throughout the show’s run, with the character currently being played by Broadchurch actor Jodie Whitaker, who is set to step down from the role after the third special airs in 2022. At the time of this writing, it’s unknown who the Doctor Who writers will pick to replace her.

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The BBC recently posted new images from the upcoming special, including a glimpse at the new Sea Devil design. This marks the first time the classic villains will be given a modern Doctor Who update. The design seems similar to the original series’ depiction, especially compared to their land-based counterparts the Silurians. Unlike the Sea Devils, the Silurians underwent a major rework when being reintroduced to the series in 2010. The episode is set to air on Sunday, April 17 on BBC. Check out the new Sea Devil look below:

The redesign sea devil from doctor who

The Silurians were introduced in 1970, with their amphibious cousins, The Sea Devils, being introduced two years later. The Sea Devils had a significant role in 1984’s Warriors of the Deep serial, but haven’t made a physical appearance on the series since then. Their return to Doctor Who has been eagerly anticipated by fans, since it’s common for the series to bring back familiar faces, both good and bad, to capitalize on the show’s long-running history.

Though Whitaker has been an excellent Doctor, after 4 years in the role, now might be the perfect time to pass the torch, especially with the return of the revived series showrunner Russell T. Davies to helm the show’s 60th anniversary and the series beyond. With so much history behind it, the series always needs to be looking towards the future to stay fresh, while also remembering the rich lore that made it so popular to begin with, a tricky balancing act for any writer or showrunner. Still, with the return of The Sea Devils, Doctor Who clearly hasn’t at all forgotten its roots, and hopefully that’ll shape where the series heads going forward.

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Source: BBC

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