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The Eaters of Light was the tenth episode of the tenth series of Doctor Who produced by BBC Wales.

It was written by Rona Munro, who returned to writing for the programme after nearly 28 years since her last television script, Survival — the end of the "Classic" era.

The episode answered the question about what happened to the Ninth Legion of the Roman army, and featured the return of Missy, revealing the Doctor never put her back in the Vault after being let out before. The episode also shows the Doctor and Missy considering mending their broken friendship.

Synopsis Edit

What happened to the legendary Ninth Legion of the Roman army? Bill and the Doctor both have ideas of what happened, but who is right? And what is that strange creature lurking in the dark? Why do people suddenly disappear?

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Languages Edit

  • Bill think the Roman soldier Simon is speaking English.
  • Simon thinks Bill is talking Latin.

Species Edit

  • Judy's brother believes that the music at Devil's Cairn is due to ghosts.
  • According to the Doctor, all crows can talk, but human beings stopped having intelligent conversations with them, so by the 21st century they're all in a "mass sulk". Nardole corrects him by saying they're remembering.
    • The crow on the Pictish stone with TARDIS engraving says "Doctor" in a garbled voice.
    • Ban tells the crows to bring Kar's name into the skies, hence their signature call.
  • Simon says the other soldiers are hiding at a location with a stone-carving of a fish.
  • The Doctor sees multiple light-eating locusts inside the Gate.
  • Nardole tells the Picts about Enzomodons and says the Enzomodon ambassador had choked.


  • Bill discovers that the TARDIS can translate languages. She discovers that it even does lip sync.
  • Bill finds out that foreign languages translated sounds like children-talk.

Food and beverages Edit

  • Nardole is eating a teacake.
  • The Doctor suggests the Romans could have left "sweetie wrappers" as a sign of them being there.
  • Nardole says he isn't Italian, but makes "a mean spag bol".
  • Nardole brings bags of popcorn, one of which the Doctor uses as a distraction.
  • Lucius gives Bill a flatbread to eat.
  • The Doctor calls Kar's light-poisoner a lollipop.
  • Nardole says he knows 10% of the Doctor's secrets, and he's the only one in the TARDIS who knows where the teacakes are.

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Production errors Edit

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.

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