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: 11/4/17
12 episodes and 2 specials
Peter Capaldi-The doctor
John Simm-The master
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, which Steven later announced in DWM issue 511
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.
Bill has now been announced as the first openly gay companion in doctor who-which will be revealed in the opening scenes of the pilot.
Jennifer Henessy will also debut as Bill's foster mum, Moira
The trailer at the end of the pilot will contain an ENORMOUS spoiler about series 10.
The synopsis for the pilot has also been revealed by the BBC:
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?
Radio times have released some more information in their series 10 preview issue, out now:
"What's the one thing you never look at when you look at your reflection?"
Meet Bill Potts. She works at St Luke’s University, serving chips to students, and nothing ever, ever happens. Then, one day, she finds there’s another world beneath the one she knows. A familiar face in a pool of water, and a love that is over before it can begin, will change her life for ever – because this is the day Bill meets the Doctor.
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
Smile has now been confirmed as the official title for the episode.
The episode will see the emoji bots, who kill you when you do not smile, as the doctor and Bill will soon discover
Matt Lucas will once again feature as Nardole in the story.
The planet Gilese 581 D, a colony world. But where are all the colonists who are meant to be living there.
The official synopsis has now been released by the BBC below:
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 try to unravel a terrifying mystery…
3. Thin Ice
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, which we also see Capaldi's doctor punching in footage from the third episode.
Title confirmed as thin ice.
Peter Singh will star as the pie man, Nicholas Burns as Lord Sutcliffe and Tomi May as Dowell.
Set on 4th February 1814, as the doctor and Bill chill out at the frost fair.
Matt Lucas will not appear in thin ice as Nardole, one of the only episodes in the series he will not star in.
The official synopsis has now been released by the BBC:
In Regency England, beneath the frozen Thames, something is stirring.
The Doctor and Bill arrive at the last of the great frost fairs, and find themselves investigating a string of impossible disappearances – people have been vanishing on the ice! Bill is about to discover that the past is more like her world than she expected, and that not all monsters come from outer space…
4. Knock Knock
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.
Who is the strange stone like figure we have seen revealed hiding behind walls in the series 10 trailers?
The title confirmed as Knock Knock
Episode 5 will be written by Jamie Mathieson, who wrote mummy on the orient express, flatline and the girl who died. The episode will be directed by Charles Palmer, who directed a few episodes for the 2007 series.
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!”
The episode now confirmed as 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.
7. The pyramid at the end of the world.
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 episode was filmed in Tenerife, which was the location of filming for such locations as Galifrey, Skaro and the Moon.
Now announced as the second part of the three part story of series 10, which began with extremis.
The episode title is called 'the pyramid at the end of the world'.
8. The lie of the land
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.
The title has been confirmed as 'the lie of the land'.
9. The empress of Mars
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
The episode title has been confirmed as the empress of Mars
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.
11. World enough and time
The two part season finale begins, 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 finale will begin with world enough and time, and concludes with the doctor falls
12. The doctor falls
Series 10 concludes with the second part of the two part finale, again written by Steven Moffat and directing Rachel Talalay. The doctor falls will end the series in a dramatic style.
Will the story see the farewell for both Bill, played by Pearl Mackie and Nardole, played by Matt Lucas? The story will once again guest star Michelle Gomez as Missy.
John Simm has been announced to return alongside the mondasian cybermen, although it is not clear if he will appear in this episode or not.
The doctor falls will begin the doctor's 'complicated regeneration.'
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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