Doctor Who is finally returning for a brand-new season of timey-wimey adventures over the weekend and ahead of the Season 10 premiere, the BBC has released a new behind-the-scenes video.
Not only that, but showrunner Steven Moffat opened up about the show’s upcoming 10th season in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (out in the UK), where he revealed the titles for the first 10 episodes (as well as the names of their writers), as well as offering some intriguing tidbits about Peter Capaldi’s final season as The Doctor. Which is also Moffat's last.
Here are the first 10 episode titles: “The Pilot” (Steven Moffat), “Smile” (Frank Cottrell-Boyce), “Thin Ice” (Sarah Dollard), “Knock Knock” (Mike Bartlett), “Oxygen” (Jamie Mathieson), “Extremis” (Steven Moffat), “The Pyramid at the End of the World” (Peter Harness), “The Lie of the Land” (Toby Whithouse), “The Empress of Mars” (Mark Gatiss) and “The Eaters of Light” (Rona Munro).
"Extremis," "The Pyramid at the End of the World" and "The Lie of the Land" are the three episodes that will make up a rare three-parter in a season that will also see the return of the Daleks, the Ice Warriors, the Mondasian Cybermen and John Simm as The Master (Yasss!) alongside Michelle Gomez’s Missy. Dig into those juicy details about the upcoming episodes (via io9), and don't forget to tune in for Doctor Who on Saturday, April 15:
Dollard’s episode apparently features a frozen River Thames in the early 19th Century, and apparently a giant snake monster responsible for the Thames’ serpentine journey throughout the English capital.
Cottrel-Boyce’s second episode features the smiling “emojibots” from the trailer, on a world where all the colonists have seemingly vanished—and where the Doctor and Bill have to keep a smile on their face to avoid certain death.
Mike Bartlett’s episode apparently is about the “terrible truth” behind the way floorboards creak, in that classic Doctor Who style of turning the ordinary into something monstrously terrifying.
Moffat is full of praise for Mathieson’s “Oxygen,” describing its core idea as “one of [his] favorite episodes ever.” No pressure, then!
“The Pyramid at the End of the World,” meanwhile, is actually about the end of the world, in a time period when all life on Earth has been wiped out.
Gatiss’ episode will feature “lots and lots” of Ice Warriors—a whole hive, apparently—as well as Victorian soldiers (as you do) and a new kind of Ice Warrior: the titular Empress, who’s been teased in several of the trailers for the show.
(via Coming Soon)