Details have been slowly emerging over the last few weeks that give Doctor Who fans a rough idea about what we can expect from the long awaited 10th series……
First off: Missy will be back. Missy’s return was always a hope for many fans, and Michelle Gomez’s superlative performance as Missy earned her the show’s first nomination in the category of Best Supporting Actress. Considering the number of talented female companions that have been on Doctor Who over the years, this is a huge accomplishment. So Missy had to return. But the show should tread lightly – Missy is a particularly wonderful character, but don’t overuse her. That takes away part of her piquancy.
Steven Moffat’s last series as showrunner should be epic. In his own words, the show met ‘with ‘two writers who’ve never written Doctor Who before. If I told you their names, your brain would explode … brilliant, prominent and amazing writers.’ There is exciting news coming from Whovian regulars as well. Mark Gatiss is back as a writer for Series 10. Gatiss will be writing his third episode for the Twelfth Doctor, Peter Capaldi. Perhaps it could be a sequel to Sleep No More, which Den of Geek reported last year, as Sleep No More is the rare episode that ends without a clear resolution. ‘If I can think of one,’ said Gattis, ‘I would certainly like to do it, because I think the idea is good and the monsters are great.’ Writer Neil Gaiman is also anxious to write for series 10, and commented, ‘I am determined to write for Peter Capaldi. As long as Peter is Doctor Who, I will write for him.’ Writer Cat Tregenna is hoping to return, as is Sarah Dollard.
Some fans also thought that Series 9 had too many two-part episodes, and Series 10 promises more single episodes. Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine, ‘We’re going back to more singles. Two-parters worked brilliantly last year, but somehow, with the new companion, you want the simpler version of the show. By last year, the Doctor and Clara had been there for so long, it was a complicated relationship by then, so we needed the bigger stories.’ Moffat himself stated that he will be writing ‘the first episode. I’ll probably write the final three episodes, too.’
Filming will begin shortly for series 10. Capaldi announced at the Dallas Comic Con (3rd June) that filming would begin in two weeks, and is scheduled to air in spring 2017. The 10th series will consist of a 2016 Christmas special, 12 full episodes, and the 2017 Christmas episode. While this certainly marks the exit of Moffat and the introduction of Chibnall, it is less clear if Capaldi will return.
This series also marks the introduction of companion Bill, who will be played by Pearl Mackie. Mackie is a well-respected stage actress who will join Capaldi in Series 10. Her outfit is entirely her own — not from the 1980s — as Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine, ‘Pearl chose her outfit herself.’ Moffat mentioned that Bill will not appear in the Christmas episode, but she will board the TARDIS in episode 1.
Alongside what has been confirmed, there are always plenty of rumours. Could Osgood and her inhaler return? Is John Barrowman, the excellent Captain Jack coming back? If fans had their way then YES. A visit from the Captain would be a good Christmas gift. Anticipation…speculation…only another six months left to wait!