Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Doctor Who - Series 10 Guide (Including Big Spoilers)

With four days to go for the 10th series of Doctor Who, the synopsises for all the episodes have been realised, via Radio Times and there are some interesting times ahead for the 12th Doctor, Bill Potts and Nardole.

10x01: The Pilot 

Written by Steven Moffat/Directed by Lawrence Gough

"What's the one thing you never see 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. Bill's foster mother, Moira (Jennifer Hennessey) appears in this episode along with Stephanie Hyam as Heather, a potential love interest for Bill.

10x02: Smile

Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce/Directed by Lawrence Gough

"Between here and my office, before the kettle boils, is everything that ever happened, or ever will. Make your choice."

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. Guest cast include Ralf Little and Mina Anwar.

10x03: Thin Ice

Written by Sarah Dollard/Directed by Bill Anderson

"So the TARDIS has dresses and likes a bit of trouble? I think I'm low-key in love with her."

In Regency England, beneath the Frozen Tames, 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. Guest cast include Nicholas Burns and Peter Singh.

10x04: Knock Knock

Written by Mike Bartlett/Directed by Bill Anderson

"Did you hear the trees creaking outside when we arrived?" "Yeah. It was the wind." "There wasn't any wind."

Bill is moving in with some friends and they've found the perfect house! So what if it's strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy? The wind blows, the floorboards creak and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building - and why can't they find any way to enter it...? Guest cast include David Suchet as the Landlord.

10x05: Oxygen

Written by Jamie Mathieson/ Directed by Charles Palmer

"You only see the true face of the universe when it's asking you for help."

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer a distress call in deep space, and find themselves trapped on board space station Chasm Forge. All but four of the crew have been murdered - and the dead are still walking! In a future where oxygen is sold by the breath, and space suits are valued more highly than their occupants, the TARDIS crew battle for survival against the darkest evil of all. Guest cast include Peter Caulfield and Kieren Bew.

10x06: Extremis

Written by Steven Moffat/ Directed by Daniel Neitteim

"They read The Veritas - and chose hell."

In the Haereticum (the Vatican's secret library of blasphemy) there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life. Now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor. Will he read The Veritas? But can even the Doctor survive the ultimate truth? Guest cast include Michelle Gomez as the Master/Missy.

10x07: The Pyramid At The End Of The World

Written by Peter Harness & Steven Moffat/Directed by Daniel Neitteim

"Fear is inefficient. We must be loved."

A 5,000-year-old pyramid stands at the centre of a war zone, where the Chinese, Russian and American armies are about to clash. There are many problems with that, but the one that intrigues the Doctor is this: there wasn't a pyramid there yesterday. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole face and alien invasion unlike any other - before conquest can begin, these aliens need the consent of the human race.

10x08: The Lie Of The Land

Written by Toby Whithouse/Directed by Wayne Yip

"I'm sorry, Bill, I really wanted to make you see!" "Oh my God, this is real. You're really doing this!"

The world is gripped by a mass delusion and only Bill Potts can see the truth. When even the Doctor is fighting on the wrong side, it's up to Bill to convince the Time Lord that humanity is in deadly danger. And if she can't do that, she may just have to kill her best friend.

10x09: The Empress Of Mars

Written by Mark Gatiss/Directed by Wayne Yip

"It's a simple choice, Iraxxa. The oldest one in the book. We must live together. Or die together."

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole arrive on Mars and find themselves in an impossible conflict between Ice Warriors... and Victorian soldiers. As the Martian hive awakes around them, the Doctor faces a unique dilemma - this time the humans, not the Ice Warriors are the invaders. When Earth is invading Mars, whose side is he on?

10x10: The Eaters Of Light

Written by Rona Munro/Directed by Charles Palmer

"Now you have a choice. You can all keep on slaughtering each other till there's no one left standing, or you can grow the hell up!"

A long time ago, the Roman legion of the ninth vanished into the mists of Scotland. Bill has a theory about what happened, and the Doctor has a time machine. But when they arrive in ancient Aberdeenshire, what they find is a far greater threat than any army. In a cairn, on a hillside, is a doorway leading to the end of the world.

10x11: World Enough And Time

Written by Steven Moffat/Directed by Rachel Talalay

"My name's Doctor Who."

Friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord's enemy. Guest cast includes both Michelle Gomez and John Simm as the Master.

10x12: The Doctor Falls

Written by Steven Moffat/Directed by Rachel Talalay

"Without hope, without witness, without reward."

The Mondasian Cybermen are on the rise. It's time for the Doctor's final battle. Guest cast includes both Michelle Gomez and John as the Master.

And the last spoiler was meant to be a secret but not only will the finale feature multiple versions of the Cybermen but also the Master as now confirmed by Steven Moffat, John Simm will be reprising the role for the finale. Simm last seen as the Master in The End Of Time will appear in Capaldi's penultimate story, working alongside Michelle Gomez's current incarnation, Missy and there's rumours they won't be the only Masters in the finale. Other rumours include David Bradley possibly playing a version of the 1st Doctor while the upcoming Christmas special, due to film in June will see the 12th Doctor's regeneration will be precipitated by him doing something reckless. It will also be a story of redemption too. As for the casting for Doctor 13, well an announcement should hopefully be with us shortly but until then, it looks like we've got an exciting final series for Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi ahead of us.

Series 10 Radio Times Episode Guide: http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-04-10/doctor-who-series-10-steven-moffats-episode-guide
Series 10 Trailer 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRt_LUm8kQI

Series 10 of Doctor Who airs from Saturday on both BBC1 and BBCAmerica. Class will also air on the latter station too.

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