Welcome to our guide to the brand new season of doctor who, coming around this April on BBC one. But now we have a guide which can be updated through the year. Note this may contain moderate spoilers and is not completed.
Last updated: 21/3/17
12 episodes and 2 specials
Peter Capaldi-The doctor
David Suchet-The landlord
Frank Cotrell Boyce
Trailers and clips
1. The pilot
The opening episode of Series 10 marks the introduction of new companion Bill Potts, played by Pearl Mackie. Matt Lucas will also guest star once again as Nardole. Stephanie Hyam will guest as Bill’s friend Heather.
Although some original details referred to the title as being 'A star in her eye', however later on the title was referred to and confirmed as 'the pilot'
This will see the inclusion of killer puddle monsters as well as the appearance of the daleks, using the announcement of Bill clip which was titled 'the friend from the future'.
The episode is set to air on 15th April 2017, and will be the first episode from Capaldi's last season as the doctor.
Rumours from the first series 10 teaser hint that the movellans could return in the first episode. The monsters from destiny of the daleks could make a cameo appearance, however nothing has been announced.
The pilot has been called 'a fresh start' and a place to start for any new fans of the show-as you can join in with new companion Bill as well as the doctor and Nardole.
2. Smile (TBC)
The second episode, from In The Forest of the Night writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, was part filmed overseas in Spain, which exec producer Brian Minchin says will be serving as a futuristic city in the story. Set to feature killer robots that have emoji faces. They like to give hugs, then reduce their victims to skeletons.
The episode guest stars Ralf Little as Steadfast, Mina Anwar as Goodthing and Kaiser Akhtar as Praiseworthy
Rumoured titles for the second episode include the emoji planet and smile. The latter is very likely from set reports.
3. Thin Ice (TBC)
The Doctor and Bill take a trip back into the past in Sarah Dollard’s second script following Face the Raven. Rumoured to feature a snake monster that lives under the Thames.
From images of the trailer we seem to see a giant eye. Also, in the episode, a new enemy shall threaten the doctor.
Rumoured titles for the third episode include beneath the themes and thin ice
4. The haunted hub/Knock (TBC)
Veteran actor David Suchet leads the guest cast as “the Landlord” in Who newcomer Mike Bartlett’s debut story. Suchet has said he is not playing a Time Lord. Reportedly we find out why our floorboards squeak – there are giant woodlice in there.
Although initially we had a title confirmed as the haunted hub, the episode could also be called knock knock.
5. Oxygen (TBC)
Mathieson described his episode as “Very, very scary. Like, seriously so. ‘Let’s go behind the sofa and just stay there until it’s over’ scary. It’s got more shocks and tense scenes than anything I’ve ever written. It’s also a taut thrill ride, a gag test, a pitch black satire and, for the first time I’m writing for Bill and Nardole!”
Rumoured titles for the fifth episode include oxegyn
Set to be written by Steven Moffatt and Peter Harness, writer of the zygon invasion and inversion.
Directed by Daniel Netthiem
Michelle Gomez will return as Missy in Extermis for her third story, as confirmed in DWM issue 509
Now announced as the first part in a three part story for series 10, which may be more like the multi-part stories from series 10.
Set to be written by Peter Harness, writer of the zygon invasion and inversion, as well as kill the moon the year before.
Directed by Daniel Netthiem, who also directed the zygon two parter
The episodes are pretty unknown in terms of details so far, but watch this space for more episode 7 plots and details.
Now announced as the second part of the three part story of series 10, which began with extremis.
Written by Toby Whitehouse, who wrote under the lake and before the flood.
Directed by Wayne Yip, who directed episodes 6 and 7 of class
Set to feature creatures named 'the truth monks', who look like they will be linked to the story arc of the upcoming series.
The final part of the three parter which takes place in the middle of the series.
Written by Mark Gattiss, who wrote many episodes, including robot of sherwood and sleep no more and directed by Wayne Yip, who directed two episodes of 2016 spin off show class.
This will see the return to the ice warriors, who made their first appearance in the revived series in 'Cold war'.
Set to see 'a new kind of ice warrior' which we see in the new season 10 teaser. This is likely to be an ice queen or ice lord.
The episode will see a three way battle between the ice warriors, British soldiers from the Zulu-war and the doctor, Bill and Nardole
Part of the story will be set on Mars
Described by Empire magazine as a Jules Verne-ish spectacle
10. The eaters of light
Classic series writer Rona Munro returns, who previously wrote the 1989 Seventh Doctor adventure Survival. The episode is said to be “haunting”.
The episode is likely to be a historical episode, featuring 'roman soldiers'.
Originally the ninth episode in the season, the eaters of light was moved to the tenth episode.
The two part season finale, written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay.
Sees the return of the mondasian cybermen, the original cybermen who appeared in the first story of the cybermen, the tenth planet. The mondasian cybermen are a welcome addition to doctor Peter Capaldi, who these monsters are his favourite ones.
The finale will also feature the return of Michelle Gomez as Missy, and may see the demise of Matt Lucas as Nardole and Pearl Mackie as Bill.
The 2017 Christmas special
Steven Moffat’s final ever episode as Doctor Who showrunner. Moffat said he believes he will not be writing the Twelfth Doctor’s exit, though Capaldi’s future has not been officially confirmed beyond Series 10. Capaldi previously said he had been offered the chance to stay on but hadn’t made his mind up. On approaching his last story Moffat said: “The departure of a showrunner doesn’t mean anything to the audience. Most of the audience doesn’t know that I exist, so they’d go blank if I attempted to wave goodbye to them. Oh, the embarrassment that would be. So I’m damned if I’m imposing my departure on the show. I just want to do a good one, before I hand over to Chris [Chibnall].”
Peter Capaldi will also be leaving the role of the doctor in the 2017 Christmas special. It is believed that there will be a clean slate approach to the new series written by Chris Chibnall which is expected to air in Autumn 2018. Capaldi announced recently that he would be leaving the show in the Christmas special after three series in the role. Moffat promises that his final story for the show shall be an unmissable piece of event television
Will air Monday 25th December 2017
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