“Planet of the Dead,” the one hour Doctor Who Easter special, aired on Saturday. Then there are only three specials left until star David Tennant and showrunner Russell T Davies both take their leave of the show, making way for new star Matt Smith and new showrunner Steven Moffat to take over for the 2010 season.
The original plan was to air the next special (“The Waters of Mars”) at Christmas and the final two early in 2010, but now it looks like “The Waters of Mars” will air in November and the final two at Christmas instead.
“The Water of Mars” may feature the return of the Ice Warriors, who were first introduced in the 1967 Second Doctor serial, “The Ice Warriors,” and last seen in the 1974 Third Doctor serial, “The Monster of Peladon.” Their return in a special was rumored in the tabloids, and it fits with the Ice Warriors being from Mars and being some of Davies’ favorite monsters he hasn’t yet brought back.
As for the final special, which will end with a regeneration (not a spoiler in this case), Tennant said in a recent interview that he cried when he read his final scene, and Davies said there shouldn’t be a dry eye at the end.