Move over, K-9…there’s a new four-legged companion coming to the TARDIS!
Peter Capaldi’s love of classic Doctor Who has shone through once again, as the actor has convinced the show’s bosses to give his Doctor a new companion similar to that famous “tin dog”.
The new companion will be a cyborg cat, inventively named “Fuzz-E”. He will make his debut in a New Year’s Special and will be a recurring character in series nine and beyond.
The top-secret special may also see the return of several beloved characters, including K-9. There are whispers that Tom Baker is being wooed to make an appearance as The Curator (hot off his scene in The Day of the Doctor), possibly finding Fuzz-E timelocked in an ancient Time Lord etching. If Baker is unable to appear, Ninth Doctor actor Christopher Eccleston—himself the owner of several dozen cats–is almost certain to return.
Fuzz-E will be portrayed by feline actor Peter Catapaldi, with CGI robotic parts added later. He will be voiced by a succession of music stars, including George Michael, Miley Cyrus, and “various” members of One Direction, as most of the cat’s dialogue will be sung, due to a “malfunctioning” voice chip. When asked about the show’s new four-legged companion, big man Steven Moffat had this to say:
“Fuzz-E will go boldly where no cat has, er, ever gone before. Bold! Cat! …Scotland rocks!”
The New Year’s special, tentatively titled “The Night of the Animal Doctor”, is scheduled for broadcast on BBC One and Animal Planet on January 1st. The rumored story involves Fuzz-E saving the Twelfth Doctor from near disaster as he mistakenly lands the TARDIS on Earth during April Fool’s Day.