Doctor Who returns to our televisions this week for a twelve episode run. Here’s everything we know about the upcoming season.
With only days to go before the début of Doctor Who Series 10 on BBC One and BBC America this weekend, Steven Moffat has confirmed several details to Doctor Who Magazine about the upcoming series that we had previously speculated on. Settle in kids, let’s run down an episode-by-episode guide of everything we know about the upcoming season.
Title: The Pilot
Writer: Steven Moffat/Director: Lawrence Gough
Synopsis: Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill. A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined – but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?
There is a gallery of the latest images released this week, which suggest that Stephanie Hyam plays Bill’s girlfriend, or love interest of some sort, and will not survive the episode. Something about being turned into a water creature (that’s her rising from the floor in the trailer). Also? Daleks.
Writer: Frank Cottrell-Boyce/Director: Lawrence Gough
Synopsis: In the far future, at the edge of the galaxy, there is a gleaming, perfect city. This brand new human settlement is said to hold the secret of human happiness – but the only smiles the Doctor and Bill can find are on a pile of grinning skulls. Something is alive in the walls, and the emojibots are watching from the shadows, as the Doctor and Bill trying to unravel a terrifying mystery…
This sounds a lot like “Blink”, one of Moffat’s famous early episodes. Except instead of not blinking, you have to not frown.
Title: Thin Ice
Writer: Sarah Dollard/Director: Bill Anderson
There’s Peter Capaldi in a top hat, and Bill in a fabulous green period gown. Apparently they travel back to Regency-era England during a ‘Frost Fair’ (the UK was in a “little Ice Age” at the time.) We’ll see “a frozen River Thames in the early 19th Century”, and “a giant snake monster”
Title: Knock Knock
Writer: Mike Bartlett/Director: Bill Anderson
This is the episode that guest stars David Suchet as “The Landlord.” The mystery that The Doctor has come to solve is “the “terrible truth” behind the way floorboards creak.”
Writer: Jamie Mathieson/Director: Charles Palmer
If the episode’s called “Oxygen” it’s a good bet this is the episode set in space, right? Moffat calls it “one of [his] favorite episodes ever.” Mathieson says “Well, my episode this year is very, very scary. Like, seriously so. ‘Let’s go behind the sofa and just stay there until it’s over’ scary.”
Episode 6 (Part 1 of 3):
Writer: Steven Moffat/Director: Daniel Nettheim
What we know: This is the first “three-part episode” since the Classic Who era. it also features the return of Missy and some priests and the CERN particle accelerator. What we don’t know: If it also includes John Simm as the Master, or if they’ll be waiting for Missy’s second go round in the finale to pull that out.
Episode 7 (Part 2 of 3):
Title: The Pyramid at the End of the World
Writer: Peter Harness/Director: Daniel Nettheim
What we know about the second part, independent from the opener to this three parter: It “is actually about the end of the world, in a time period when all life on Earth has been wiped out.”
Episode 8 (Part 3 of 3):
Title: The Lie of the Land
Writer: Toby Whithouse/Director: Wayne Yip
It was Whithouse who gave away that these episodes were one long three-part episode: “Mine is the third part of a three-parter – Steven [Moffat]’s done the first one, Peter Harness did the second and I’ve done the third. It’s set modern-day… and I think anything more than that and Steven will come round and kick me in the shin!” How that ties in to going to the end of the world, or Missy, remains to be seen.
Title: The Empress of Mars
Writer: Mark Gatiss/Director: Wayne Yip
Besides the obvious reference with Edgar Rice Burroughs in the title, Mark Gatiss also name checked him when describing the episode in the above video. “It’s a thrill-a-minute – a sort of Bank Holiday Monday feel, a kind of Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs story of derring-do, which I’ve always loved But it has a new twist! There is a new Ice Warrior in it, a different kind of Ice Warrior.”
Title: The Eaters of Light
Writer: Rona Munro/Director: Charles Palmer
This is Munro’s first episode since Doctor Who Series 26’s serial “Survival” Yes, Series 26. That’s not a typo. As in the final serial from the Classic Who series, during the reign of the Seventh Doctor and his companion Ace. (This is famously the one where they tried to have Ace get into a same-sex relationship with the furry cat, but it was all made so subtle that most people did not notice.) The only thing we know about this episode is that it has Roman soldiers (not Rory) and is set in rural Scotland.
Episode 11 (Part 1 of 2):
Title: World Enough and Time
Writer: Steven Moffat/Director: Rachel Talalay
What we know about this episode: It has the original Mondasian cybermen. it actually has whole hell of a lot of cybermen. Like, every variation the show has ever done amount of cybermen.
Oh and Missy. It has lots and lots of Missy. Will it have John Simm as well? That we don’t know yet.
Episode 12 (Part 2 of 2):
Title: The Doctor Falls
Writer: Steven Moffat/Director: Rachel Talalay
The title is provocative enough even if we didn’t have this image from the trailers of the Doctor regenerating. But what does that mean for the Christmas special in December? For that we must wait and see…