13th Doctor teams up with a pirate queen in Legend of the Sea Devils trailer

Jodie Whittaker’s time as the Thirteenth Doctor winds down with Legend of the Sea Devilssecond of threeDoctor Whospecials in 2022.

We’re counting down to a different regeneration on Doctor Who, though precisely who will change Jodie Whittaker to develop into the Fourteenth Doctor stays a tightly guarded secret. (No, it is not Tom Holland.) But the BBC this weekend dropped a teaser forLegend of the Sea Devilsone of three special episodesairing this 12 months to mark Whittaker’s ultimate days as the Thirteenth Doctor.

As beforehand reported, the lately concluded 13th season was significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (That’s the 13th season since the franchise restarted in 2005, not the 13th season since the present debuted the day after the Kennedy assassination). Instead of the typical 13 episodes, S13 solely deliberate for eight as a result of of the pandemic. Ultimately, showrunner Chris Chibnall determined to chop the season down to simply six episodes, with a full narrative arc somewhat than the episodic construction that has been extra typical of the collection. (The choice isn’t unprecedented, nevertheless. The Trial of a Time Lord in 1986 was additionally one full narrative.)

Collectively, the six-episode arc was given the subtitle Flux. In it, the Doctor and her companions encountered a universe-ending anomaly intent on killing the Doctor. The crew additionally confronted a smorgasbord of basic Whovian alien races: the Oodtea cybermentea Sontaransand the Weeping Angels. While some critics discovered the narrative arc complicated, virtually inevitable when the Weeping Angels are concerned and the finale disappointing, it was typically a stable season.

Conspicuously absent from Flux have been the Daleks, however that is as a result of Chibnall was saving them for the first vacation particular, Eve of the Daleks, which aired on New Year’s Day. The particular launched a new form of Dalek, the Dalek Executioners, who sought revenge on the Doctor for her actions in the S13 finale. The Doctor and her companions Yaz and Dan have been caught in a time loop, because of a TARDIS reset (essential to restore the TARDIS from injury incurred from the Flux). Every time the loop reset, it will shorten by one minute and was destined to break down solely at midnight.

Legend of the Sea Devilsin comparability, is a basic Doctor Who interval story. In it, our heroic Time Lord encounters a well-known personage from the pastin this case, a infamous pirate queen in Nineteenth-century China named Zheng Yi Sao, aka Madame Ching. Born in 1775, historians speculate that Madame Ching could have began out as a prostitute or madame on a floating brothel.

Enlarge / Crystal Yu (middle) performs Nineteenth-century Chinese pirate queen Madame Ching.

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Her life modified ceaselessly in 1801 when she married the infamous pirate Zheng Yi, who hailed from a lengthy household of pirates. Madame Ching proved to be a invaluable asset, utilizing her diplomatic expertise to assist her husband consolidate the varied pirate fleets into a unfastened confederation. Each fleet had its personal distinctive flag coloration (pink, black, blue, white, yellow, and purple), and Zheng Yi took command of the largest Red Flag Fleet.

When Zheng Yi died in November 1807 at age 42 he fell overboard throughout a gale, which appears an ignominious finish for a pirateMadame Ching took over the whole confederation. She had the assist of Zheng Yi’s nephew in addition to his adopted son, Zhang Bao. (“Adopted” is not fairly correct; the boy was kidnapped from his household at 15 and compelled into piracy. It appears to have been a widespread follow.) While Bao took over his father’s command of the Red Flag Fleet, he clearly wasn’t ‘t the boss. Historical information point out that Bao obeyed his stepmother’s orders and “consulted her on all things before acting.” The two have been additionally romantically concerned.

Many battles and far pillaging adopted, however the mounting opposition from the Qing Chinese authorities, the East India Company, and the Portuguese Empireall of whom suffered vital losses to the pirate confederation ultimately grew to become too highly effective. This occurred as the pirate confederation was exhibiting cracks in solidarity: the chief of the Black Flag Fleet, Guo Podai, overtly fought Bao in late 1808 and surrendered to Chinese authorities shortly thereafter.


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