Peter Capaldi's final season of Doctor Who to bring back the classic three-parter

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Apr 26, 2017, 4:21 PM EDT (Updated)

Brilliant news, Doctor Who fans! Peter Capaldi’s final season as the 12th Doctor will feature a rare three-parter.

Ever since Russell T Davies revived the series in 2006, most episodes have featured standalone adventures, with the occasional two-parters popping up each year — whereas early Doctor Who stories were more serialized in nature and spread across several (typically shorter) episodes. So having a story spread over not two but three episodes this year comes as a bit of a surprise.

Speaking to Digital Spy, Being Human creator and Doctor Who writer Toby Whithouse dropped the cool news that showrunner Steven Moffat is bringing back the three-parter for Season 10 (which is also Moffat’s last hurrah as showrunner), revealing that episodes 6-9 are linked and will have our beloved Time Lord (Capaldi), Nardole (Matt Lucas) and the Doctor's new companion Bill (Pearl Mackie) facing off against the series' new freaky monsters: The Monks. That would be these guys:

Having penned the final chapter in this trio of adventures, Whithouse said:

“Mine is the third part of a three-parter – Steven [Moffat]'s done the first one, Peter Harness did the second and I've done the third. It's set modern-day... and I think anything more than that and Steven will come round and kick me in the shin!”

The Monks won't be the only villains the Doctor and his companions will face in the show’s 10th season. Old enemies will also return, including the Master Missy (Michelle Gomez), the Daleks, the Ice Warriors and ... the Mondosian Cybermen! It seems Moffat is going out with a great mix of new and old faces.

Doctor Who returns April 15 on BBC One, BBC America and Space.

(via Digital Spy)