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Ncuti Gatwa reveals shock Doctor Who twist in new series as major star returns

The new Time Lord teased scenes he's 'recorded' with the show legend

SOMETHING truly supernatural is shaking up Doctor Who this festive season.

New Time Lord Ncuti Gatwa — who makes his debut during the Christmas Day episode — has revealed he’s “recorded scenes” with the late show legend William Hartnell.

Ncuti Gatwa revealed a shock Doctor Who twist as a major character is returning

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Ncuti Gatwa revealed a shock Doctor Who twist as a major character is returningCredit: Alamy
Ncuti has claimed William Hartnell will feature in the new episode at Christmas

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Ncuti has claimed William Hartnell will feature in the new episode at ChristmasCredit: Alamy

Ncuti was partying at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in association with Boss on Wednesday evening when he let the news slip.

William was the original Doctor, playing him from 1963 to 1966 before his death in 1975.

But Ncuti has claimed the show icon will feature in the new episode — though he stopped short of revealing whether Hartnell had been brought back to the screen by technical wizardry using old footage, or if we will be watching a lookalike.

Speaking at the star-studded bash in London’s Covent Garden, Ncuti said: “It has been a crazy year. I shouldn’t say this but there was a scene that I somehow shot with the first ever Doctor, William Hartnell.

“We ended up in the same scene together…and to see that history and now a black man is the Doctor is just very wild.”

Hopefully Ncuti’s loose tongue won’t annoy BBC bosses, who go all out to keep details of the show under lock and key.

The upcoming specials of Doctor Who are shrouded in secrecy, although David Tennant will also return to mark the show’s 60th anniversary.

He will be joined by his former companion Catherine Tate, who first played Donna Noble in 2006.

Ncuti was among stars honoured at GQ’s Royal Opera House bash, including his Sex Education co-star Asa Butterfield. Speaking earlier this summer, Ncuti admitted his Doctor, the 15th reincarnation, will be more in touch with his feelings than predecessors.

He teased: “My Doctor is emotionally vulnerable. He hides it with humour, but he’s lonely. But he’s also energetic! The poor cameramen struggled to keep up.”

Ncuti partied into the early hours at the official afterparty, watching girl group FLO’s surprise performance.

Bet he wished he could time travel past the inevitable hangover!

SQUEEZY DOES IT, NICOLE

Nicole Scherzinger wore this all-white look including an eye-watering corset to cinch in her tiny waist

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Nicole Scherzinger wore this all-white look including an eye-watering corset to cinch in her tiny waistCredit: Getty
Leomie Anderson stunned in a skimpy black dress despite the cold weather

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Leomie Anderson stunned in a skimpy black dress despite the cold weatherCredit: The Mega Agency

I’M surprised Nicole Scherzinger was able to raise a smile after being squeezed into this outfit.

Clearly not bothered about boozed-up guests spilling anything on her, she wore this all-white look including an eye-watering corset to cinch in her tiny waist.

Tom Daley had a good reason to grin, as he enjoyed his first night out since his husband Dustin Lance Black’s assault case was chucked out of court last week.

Screenwriter Dustin laid low and skipped the afterparty, but Tom wrapped up in a woollen jumper and cream suit.

Other stars spotted leaving the glitzy after-party included Gary Lineker in a classic grey suit, singer Mabel, in a brown leather dress, Emma Corrin, who was almost unrecognisable in a blue suit, and England footballer Chloe Kelly.

Despite plunging temperatures, model Leomie Anderson was in the skimpiest outfit of the evening.

EX JOE ON JACK TRACK

Joe Alwyn partied without a care in the world despite his proximity to top songwriter and producer Jack Antonoff

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Joe Alwyn partied without a care in the world despite his proximity to top songwriter and producer Jack AntonoffCredit: Splash

TAYLOR SWIFT’s actor ex Joe Alwyn partied without a care in the world, knocking back red wine and cocktails, despite his proximity to top songwriter and producer Jack Antonoff.

I told yesterday how event organisers feared the pair could have an awkward run-in, given Jack – who is Taylor’s regular collaborator – had encouraged her to move on with The 1975 frontman Matty Healy just weeks after she ended things with Joe.

Thankfully, they were seated away from each other.

But while it was Joe who was letting loose at the GQ event, it was the hitmaker who appeared to stick the knife in.

Just before the ceremony started, Jack announced the tracklist to his band Bleachers’ self-titled album, due out in March, which includes a song called Hey Joe.

Logically, many fans suggested the track could be a dig at his best pal’s ex-boyfriend.

Bleachers will kick off their UK tour in London next March, where Jack is likely to be singing Hey Joe.

It’s just a shame Jack couldn’t ease the tension by actually saying those words to him on Wednesday.

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