DOCTOR WHO SERIES 10: WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR

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Who is the showrunner?

Season 10 will be Steven Moffat’s final year as showrunner. His final episode as showrunner will be the 2017 Christmas Special.

Will this be Peter Capaldi’s final season as the Doctor?

Peter Capaldi will continue playing the Twelfth Doctor until at least 2017’s Christmas special. He has apparently not yet decided if he’ll stay on for a fourth season when Chris Chibnall takes over as showrunner. UK paper The Mirror recently printed that Capaldi has agreed to stay on for “at least one more [season].

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When does filming begin?

Filming began on Monday 20 June 2016 and is expected to finish at the end of March 2017. Filming will be done primarily in the UK. The BBC has confirmed that the show will not be filming in Vancouver in October as previously rumoured.

When will it air?

Season 10 will begin airing in spring 2017. Charlotte Moore, Controller of BBC One recently confirmed, “I have decided to schedule Steven’s big finale series in spring 2017 to bring the nation together for what will be a huge event on the channel. 2016 is spoilt with national moments including the Euros and Olympics and I want to hold something big back for 2017 – I promise it will be worth the wait!”

Who will be the new companion?

Pearl Mackie was officially revealed as the new Doctor Who companion on Saturday 23 April 2016. She will join the show as a character named Bill.  Her first appearance will be in the series first episode.

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What will the new companion be like?

According to Steven Moffat, Bill will be “someone who asks the questions that nobody has asked for 53 years. [She has the] irreverence and cheek to ask all the questions you’re not supposed to ask on Doctor Who.”

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Who else will be joining the TARDIS?

Comedian Matt Lucas will also be a regular character in Season 10, returning as Nardole from The Husbands of River Song and will return from the opening episode of the new season.

Who is writing for Series 10?

Confirmed so far are Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Sarah Dollard and Mike Bartlett. Moffat will be writing the season opener in addition to / other episodes (this is in addition to writing the two Christmas specials). Cottrell-Boyce will be writing the second episode, while it has been rumoured that Gatiss is writing a sequel to 2015’s Sleep No More.

Episode one written by Moffat is currently titled The Star In Her Eyes. Steven Moffat: “We’ll introduce [Bill] in the first episode of 2017, and she’ll run through that series.”

Episode four will feature the veteran stage, screen and television star David Suchet who is best known for his role as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot.

Moffat will be penning episodes ten through twelve as well as the 2017 Christmas Special. Moffat has 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.”

Who are the directors?

Block 1 will be directed by Lawrence Gough (Atlantis, Misfits).

Block 2 will be directed by Bill Anderson (Spooks, Lewis).

Steven Moffat: “I’ve spoken to [Peter Jackson] face to face, and he would like to do one. He accepts that there’s no money and that there’s no time, and it would have to be when he’s available… I think it will probably happen at some point.”

Will there be two-part stories again?

Steven Moffat has confirmed that there will more single episodes this year. “We’re going back to more singles [in Season 10]. Two-parters worked brilliantly last year, but somehow, with the new companion, you want the simpler version of the show. Next year we will have some two-parters, but it will be back to one-parters mostly.”

Which monsters and villains will be back?

The only villain reported to be returning is the character of Missy as played by Michelle Gomez. No other villains, or monsters, have been confirmed to date, however Peter Capaldi has stated he’d like to return to Mondas, revisit the planet Vortis as well as seeing the Daemons and the Axons return.

Who is taking over after Steven Moffat’s departure?

In January 2016, the BBC confirmed that Chris Chibnall will be taking over as showrunner after Moffat’s departure. His first season will launch in 2018. Chibnall has written several previous Doctor Who episodes, such as: 42, Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and The Power of Three. His other writing credits include Torchwood, The Great Train Robbery,United, Law & Order: UK and Life On Mars.

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