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Series 10
36th season since 1963
14 episodes
starting with The Return of Doctor Mysterio
Doctor: Twelfth Doctor
Companion(s): Bill Potts, Nardole
Key crew
Executive producer(s): Steven Moffat
Series details
Start date: 25 December 2016
End date: 25 December 2017
Premiere network: BBC One
Typical episode length: 45'
More info
Main DWM coverage in issues: 502, 503, 507
DWMSE: 45
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Series 10 of Doctor Who was revealed in the BBC Worldwide Annual Review on 14 July 2015: "During the year matters under review included ... investments in The Musketeers S3 and Doctor Who S10."[1] On 6 November 2015, in interview with the Radio Times, Steven Moffat elaborated: "We're making a full series. I can confirm that I am making a full series of 12 episodes, plus a Christmas special. I don't know when it goes out. That is up to someone else."[2]

Moffat also said that "Peter Capaldi is going nowhere".[3] On 23 April, it was announced via a short trailer titled "Friend From the Future"[4] that the Doctor's new companion will be "Bill", played by Pearl Mackie. Mackie described her character as "wicked" and "cool, strong, sharp, a little bit vulnerable with a bit of geekiness thrown in".[5]

Only a Christmas special will air in 2016, with the rest of the series beginning broadcast starting in April 2017.[6] The tenth series will be Moffat's final series as show runner, after which Chris Chibnall will take on the role. [7]

Moffat confirmed an extra episode to the Daily Record on 4 February 2016: "I have fourteen Doctor Whos and three Sherlock films." [8] Later on 7 October 2016, Moffat re-confirmed the Christmas special in 2017 at New York Comic Con, saying: "I've got so much more time left on 'Doctor Who', I'm not just doing this Christmas, I'm doing next Christmas as well." He told that he plans to sit down with Chibnall and "figure out where he wants it parked and how to get it there" and says, "But to be honest, it's a very short conversation, I've had it before with Russell saying, 'Could you crash the TARDIS?' And that was it, really."[9]

In May at a convention, Michelle Gomez confirmed she would be returning as Missy in series 10.[10]

In an interview with BBC Newsbeat on the 6 September 2016, Steven Moffat revealed about the 2016 Christmas special: "We've just started working on the Christmas episode", further revealing that "It's got a lot of heart, but it's got a lot of brain too. Figure that one out."[11]

On 12 September 2016, Mark Gatiss told the audience at a Victoria & Albert Museum members' talk "I think the Christmas special... which is the only one this year...I think is one of Steve[n Moffat]'s best ever scripts, absolutely beautiful." and "It made me cry.".[12]

Speaking at New York Comic Con on 7 October 2016, Steven Moffat told that Series 10 would feel completely new, like episode 1 of series 1, saying: "The tone is very different. The last series with Clara — that relationship had got tortured and dark and went to odd places. It was one of my favourite series to work on, I was delighted with it. But it had become darker. It just had. That's where we were in that relationship. If I gave you one tone word for this series it's 'new'. It's brand new. You're getting to see the Doctor all over again through a very different pair of eyes. In fact, we went to particular pains to make sure that episode one is really episode one. It could be the first episode you ever see. It explains the entire mythos of Doctor Who — in the two minutes it takes — and you can start there. Brand new is the tone."[13]

On joining the Doctor Who team for The Return of Doctor Mysterio, Justin Chatwin said: "Working with the amazing people at Doctor Who has been one of the most fun and rewarding projects I've ever had the pleasure of being involved with.", Moffat also said: "I've always loved superheroes and this Christmas Doctor Who dives into that world. My favourite superhero is Clark Kent. Not Superman, Clark Kent."[14]

On October 17, 2016, Michelle Gomez confirmed to The Music that she will return as Missy in series 10, saying: "Weirdly, this is the sort of crunch week where I get to find out exactly what I'm going to be doing next", and added: "I can officially say that I will be starting back on Doctor Who soon, so that's one thing." She then told: "I am an actor for hire, so if I'm free and it seems like the right thing to do at the time I'd grab it with both hands."[15]

Steven Moffat suggested that fans shouldn't expect a multi-Doctor story in the near future, saying: ""We can't do it all the time. Not in my time on the show will that happen again, I wouldn't think." He then added: "I don't think we're going to do that again until whatever the next anniversary is, the 100th anniversary, which I've already told them I'm not going to do because I'm planning on having been dead for a while!"[15]

The Return of Doctor Mysterio was previously rumoured to be a sequel to The Husbands of River Song[16] This turned out to be partially true, with the return of the Shoal of the Winter Harmony, Nardole and him mentioning Hydroflax and River Song as well as her 24-year-long date.

On 30 January, Peter Capaldi announced on BBC Radio 2 that series 10 and the 2017 Christmas special would be his last, remarking that "[he feels] it's time to move on". It was also revealed that the series would begin on 15 April.[17] However, Steven Moffat reveal that Capaldi "came close" to staying for series 11.[18]

A modern version of the Magpie Electricals shop will appear in series 10, for the first time since series 2 episode The Idiot's Lantern from 2007.[19] The logo itself has appeared numerous times since, and a Magpie Electricals shop appeared on the Starship UK in series 5's The Beast Below, as well.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Production Edit

The first readthrough began on 14 June 2016,[27] with filming beginning on 20 June.[28]

Crew Edit

Producers Edit

to be added

Writers Edit

The Radio Times reported Mark Gatiss was writing an episode for series 10, possibly a sequel to his series 9 episode, Sleep No More.[29] On 4 June 2016, Gatiss himself confirmed that he was writing an episode.[30] However on 6 December, Gatiss told on Twitter, due to recent edits of fake titles (among them, "The Sandmen Return") that he has not made a sequel to his 2015 episode.[31]

On 30 November 2015, Steven Moffat revealed Jamie Mathieson had "just been in and pitched a brilliant idea, a brilliant new monster."[32]

Steven Moffat announced series 10 would have "two writers who have never written Doctor Who before" and teased, "If I told you their names, your brain would explode."[33]

On 14 June 2016, the BBC announced details of the first and second episodes, revealing that they would be written by Steven Moffat and Frank Cottrell Boyce respectively. The release also revealed two further writers for the tenth series: Sarah Dollard and Mike Bartlett.[20]

On 9 October 2016, it was announced by Steven Moffat that a writer of the classic series would be contributing a script for series 10. On 16 November 2016, it was revealed that Rona Munro, known for work in Survival would be writing the ninth episode[34] of series 10, called "The Eaters of Light".[24] This marks the first time a writer of the original series will contribute to the revived series. When speaking to Doctor Who Magazine, Munro told that: "Writing ‘Survival’ was my dream job, but it was a mournful time in the show’s history. This has been a very different experience. There’s more of everything; people, resources, confidence, success… but the same constantly renewing and indefinable wonder that is Doctor Who." and added, "When I was very small and watching the First Doctor, I had a special cushion known as ‘Rona’s Doctor Whocushion’. I would hide my face in it when the Daleks or other monsters appeared on screen! ‘The Eaters of Light’ is my version of other stories that have haunted me for almost as long."[35]

It was also announced that Mike Bartlett, known for work in Doctor Foster, has written an episode called The Haunted Hub.[36]

Directors Edit

In a video posted on his Facebook page, Peter Jackson teased that he might be directing an episode.[37]

It was later announced that the first episode of the series would be directed by Lawrence Gough.[20]

Filming Edit

In 2015, production designer Michael Pickwoad said in an interview on the podcast Radio Free Skaro that work on the new series "won't start until well into the New Year", and that he expected to start filming in May.[38] Peter Capaldi said filming would begin "sometime...next year."[39]

Although originally reported as beginning in May 2016, filming commenced on the 20th of June.[20]

To avoid online leaks, the production team used the codeword "Mean Town", an anagram of "Ten Woman", when talking about Bill, casting director Andy Pryor revealed to the Radio Times. This was a reference to the fact that Bill is the companion of series 10.[40]

Television stories Edit

Christmas special Edit

Title Writer Director Notes
The Return of Doctor MysterioSteven MoffatEd BazalgetteReturn of Nardole and the Shoal of the Winter Harmony.

Regular series Edit

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
1 A Star in Her Eye[41][42]Steven Moffat[20]Lawrence Gough[20]Introduction of new companion, Bill.
2 TBAFrank Cottrell Boyce[20]Lawrence Gough[43]
3 TBASarah Dollard[44][45]Bill Anderson[44][45]
4 The Haunted Hub[36]Mike Bartlett[44][45]Bill Anderson[44][45]
5 TBAJamie Mathieson[46]TBA
6 Extremis[26]Steven Moffat / Peter Harness[46]TBA
7 TBASteven Moffat / Peter Harness[46]TBA
8 TBAToby Whithouse[47]TBA
9 The Eaters of Light[34][24]Rona Munro[24]TBA
10 TBASteven Moffat[48]TBA
11 TBASteven Moffat[48]TBA
12 TBASteven Moffat[48]TBA

Christmas special Edit

Title Writer Director Notes
TBASteven Moffat[48]TBA

Aliens/enemies Edit

Rumours Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

DVD / Blu-ray Edit

to be added

Novels Edit

to be added

Audiobooks Edit

to be added

Footnotes Edit

  1. BBC Worldwide (14 July 2015). BBC Worldwide Annual Review 2014 - 2015. BBCWorldwide.com. Retrieved on 7 December 2015.
  2. Kelly, Stephen (6 November 2015). Steven Moffat can "confirm absolutely" that there will be a full series of Doctor Who next year. RadioTimes.com. Retrieved on 7 December 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Vivarelli, Nick (31 October 2015). Lucca Comics: 'Doctor Who' Showrunner Steven Moffat On Why The Reboot Is A Global Hit. Variety. Retrieved on 22 December 2015.
  4. iPlayer entry. BBC.co.uk. Retrieved on 25 April 2016.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Doctor Who: Pearl Mackie named as new companion. BBC News (23 April 2016). Retrieved on 23 April 2016.
  6. Fullerton, Huw (6 September 2016). Doctor Who will return "in April", reveals Peter Capaldi. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 12 October 2016.
  7. Dowell, Ben (22 January 2016). Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat quits to be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 22 January 2016.
  8. Jones, Tony (4 February 2016). Steven Moffat hails 'dream jobs' working on Doctor Who and Sherlock as Scot is awarded OBE for services to drama. DailyRecord.co.uk. Retrieved on 5 February 2016.
  9. http://touch.metro.us/entertainment/steven-moffat-will-stay-on-doctor-who-after-season-10/zsJpjg---RarPAFTI8tdQw/
  10. Martin, William (30 May 2016). Michelle Gomez confirms Missy is returning to 'Doctor Who' next season. Cultbox. Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  11. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-09-06/a-lot-of-heart-but-a-lot-of-brain-too---could-the-doctor-who-christmas-special-feature-a-return-for-a-fan-favourite?utm_content=socialflow&utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social
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  17. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/43787cd6-f1de-4264-a509-d387d9a89c4b
  18. http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/doctor-who/news/a821406/peter-capaldi-came-close-to-staying-on-doctor-who-for-a-fourth-series-reveals-steven-moffat/
  19. https://www.facebook.com/DoctorWhoPage1963/posts/1222349154479904
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 20.6 20.7 Matt Lucas to join Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie for Doctor Who series 10. BBC Doctor Who (14 June 2016). Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-12-25/11-things-we-learned-from-the-first-doctor-who-series-10-trailer#
  22. Ralf Little Denies Rumours - Doctor Who. YouTube (26 July 2016). Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  23. http://www.beaumontlondon.com/clients/fady-elsayed
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  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 Martin, William (16 November 2016). Guest cast announced for Rona Munro's new 'Doctor Who' episode. CultBox. Retrieved on 2 December 2016.
  26. 26.0 26.1 http://www.agencesophielemaitre.com/artiste.cfm/252105-laurent-maurel.html
  27. "Series 10 is coming! Here's a snap from today's first read-through with Peter and Pearl.". Facebook (14 June 2016). Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  28. 28.0 28.1 Doran, Sarah (20 June 2016). Doctor Who series 10 starts filming today and Twitter is very excited. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  29. Holmes, Jonathan (14 November 2015). Mark Gatiss has sequel planned to Doctor Who's Sleep No More. RadioTimes.com. Retrieved on 7 December 2015.
  30. WHO SFX on Twitter: "Delighted that Mark has confirmed he's writing an episode for Series 10! That might be a @WhoSFX exclusive! :)". Twitter (4 June 2016). Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
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  33. Jeffery, Morgan (17 December 2015). Doctor Who gets two new writers for series 10 - and Steven Moffat says their names will make your brain explode. RadioTimes.com. Retrieved on 18 December 2015.
  34. 34.0 34.1 http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/23ae5f1d-9cbc-43d1-90f7-4936db832dea
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  38. Radio Free Skaro (8 November 2015). Radio Free Skaro #501 – Osgood As It Gets. Radio Free Skaro. Retrieved on 22 December 2015.
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  40. Gill, James (26 April 2016). Pearl Mackie's Doctor Who codename revealed. Radio Times. Retrieved on 27 April 2016.
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