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RealWorld

You may wish to consult Series 10 for other, similarly-named pages.

Series 10 of Doctor Who ran from 25 December 2016 to 25 December 2017. It starred Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts, Matt Lucas as Nardole and Michelle Gomez as Missy. The regular series was preceded by The Return of Doctor Mysterio [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 (BBC One, 2016)., opened with The Pilot [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)., concluded with The Doctor Falls [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and followed by Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017)..

In early 2018, Murray Gold announced his departure from Doctor Who at the Gallifrey One convention, confirming that the 2017 Christmas Special, Twice Upon A Time, was his last episode.

In April 2015, Steven Moffat confirmed that Doctor Who would run for at least another five years, extending the show until 2020.[1]

In 2020, Chris Chibnall wrote and released a sequel to this series' following Christmas special called Things She Thought While Falling on the Doctor Who website, set directly before The Woman Who Fell to Earth [+]Chris Chibnall, Doctor Who series 11 (BBC One, BBCA, Space and Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 2018). as a treat during "strange times" due to outbreak of COVID-19 worldwide.[2]

Overview[]

It consisted of twelve stories and fourteen episodes. The series introduced Bill Potts as a new companion of the Doctor, the first openly gay companion alongside the Doctor on TV with Nardole continuing to travel with him. The series was most noticeable for reintroducing the "Saxon" incarnation of the Saxon Master and the First Doctor. Also seen was the first ever female Ice Warrior on television and the original design for the Cybermen, only seen beforehand in The Tenth Planet [+]Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1966).. Alpha Centauri also made a cameo in Empress of Mars [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).. This series also introduced the first female incarnation of the Doctor.

The first confirmation of plans for this series were revealed in the BBC Worldwide Annual Review on 14 July 2015.[3] On 6 November 2015, in an interview with the Radio Times, Steven Moffat confirmed a full series as well as a Christmas special.[4] Series 10 was the last for both Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor[5] and Steven Moffat as head writer and executive producer of the show.

The series story arc primarily focused on Missy and how the Twelfth Doctor made a deal to guard her in a vault for 1000 years. Despite Nardole's protests to not adventure or interact with her while lecturing at St Luke's University, the Doctor desired to change Missy's outlook on life, away from her evil ways in the hopes of renewing their strong friendship from long ago.

While here, the Doctor met Bill Potts, who strangely went to his lectures despite not studying at the university. The Doctor personally offered to tutor her and, after helping her in an encounter with a mysterious creature, decided to take her on adventures in his TARDIS.

The series concluded with the Doctor's attempts to transform Missy ultimately failing after encountering her predecessor on a Mondasian Colony ship, where she joined him against the Doctor.

The Doctor and Bill were killed in battle defending the residents from the Master's Cybermen army while Nardole was condemned to the upper floors to keep defending the children should the Cybermen ever reach them. Bill managed to survive the ordeal after her friend Heather transformed her into sentient oil like her. As for the Doctor, he managed to survive through regeneration, though he temporarily delayed it.

After one last adventure with his original incarnation, the Twelfth Doctor regenerated into a female incarnation. She soon fell from her TARDIS because it malfunctioned after suffering critical damage during the regeneration, falling to Earth.

Cast[]

and introducing Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor

Recurring[]

Guest[]

The Tenth Planet[]

Production[]

The first readthrough began on 14 June 2016,[7] with filming beginning on 20 June.[8]

On 23 August 2016, it was rumoured that filming on series 10 would continue to 31 March 2017.[9] This proved not to be true, as filming wrapped on 7 April 2017.[10]

Crew[]

Producers[]

Peter Bennett produced The Pilot [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)., Smile [+]Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)., Extremis [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)., The Pyramid at the End of the World [+]Peter Harness and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and The Lie of the Land [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).. He also produced the series finale World Enough and Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and The Doctor Falls [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). as well as the Christmas special Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017)..

Nikki Wilson produced the rest of the episodes, namely Thin Ice [+]Sarah Dollard, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)., Knock Knock [+]Mike Bartlett, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)., Oxygen [+]Jamie Mathieson, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)., Empress of Mars [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and The Eaters of Light [+]Rona Munro, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)..

Writers[]

Steven Moffat, as head writer, wrote the series opener The Pilot [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)., episode six Extremis [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)., and the two part finale episodes World Enough and Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and The Doctor Falls [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).. He also wrote the Christmas special for 2017, Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017). as Chris Chibnall decided against starting his Doctor's tenure with the special.

Mark Gatiss wrote Empress of Mars [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). for the tenth series. Jamie Mathieson wrote episode five, Oxygen [+]Jamie Mathieson, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)..

New writer Mike Bartlett penned episode four, Knock Knock [+]Mike Bartlett, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).. Sarah Dollard penned the third episode, Thin Ice [+]Sarah Dollard, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)..

Classic series writer Rona Munro, known for the episode Survival, wrote the tenth episode titled The Eaters of Light [+]Rona Munro, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).. This marks the first time a writer of the original series contributed to the revived series. Munro told Doctor Who Magazine that: "Writing Survival was my dream job, but it was a mournful time in the show's history. This has been a very different experience. There's more of everything; people, resources, confidence, success… but the same constantly renewing and indefinable wonder that is Doctor Who," and added, "When I was very small and watching the First Doctor, I had a special cushion known as 'Rona's Doctor Whocushion'. I would hide my face in it when the Daleks or other monsters appeared on screen! The Eaters of Light is my version of other stories that have haunted me for almost as long."[11]

Peter Harness wrote episode seven, The Pyramid at the End of the World [+]Peter Harness and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and Toby Whithouse wrote episode eight, The Lie of the Land [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).. In the magazine's June 2017 issue, Moffat told Doctor Who Magazine that he personally wrote the final draft of episode seven close to filming of the episode's production block.[12]

Directors[]

Lawrence Gough directed episodes 1 and 2, The Pilot [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and Smile [+]Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).; Bill Anderson directed episodes 3 and 4, Thin Ice [+]Sarah Dollard, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and Knock Knock [+]Mike Bartlett, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).; Charles Palmer directed episodes 5 and 10, Oxygen [+]Jamie Mathieson, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and The Eaters of Light [+]Rona Munro, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).; Daniel Nettheim directed episodes 6 and 7, Extremis [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and The Pyramid at the End of the World [+]Peter Harness and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).; Class director Wayne Yip directed episodes 8 and 9, The Lie of the Land [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and Empress of Mars [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).; and Rachel Talalay directed episodes 11 and 12, World Enough and Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). and The Doctor Falls [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017)..

Filming[]

Although originally reported as beginning in May 2016, filming commenced on the 20th of June.[13]

To avoid online leaks, the production team used the codeword "Mean Town", an anagram of "Ten Woman", when talking about Bill, casting director Andy Pryor revealed to the Radio Times. This was a reference to the fact that Bill is the companion of series 10.[14]

The working title of The Pilot [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). was A Star In Her Eye.[15][16]

In the line-up to the beginning of series 10, a bunch of small videos were released with Peter Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor, in which three of these featured a description that Steven Moffat himself used for the Doctor in 2013.[17][18]

On 24 June, 2017, Benjamin Cook, writer of Doctor Who Magazine, confirmed on Twitter that the pre-titles sequence in World Enough and Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). was shot two weeks prior to broadcast, during the production of the 2017 Christmas special[19]

At a Live Q&A on 24 June, 2017, after the broadcast of World Enough and Time, Steven Moffat said that the second part The Doctor Falls [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). had not finished filming, leading to a possible delay in the broadcast.[20] Peter Capaldi's final scene on set had been his regeneration scene, just as his first scene in TV: Deep Breath [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 8 (BBC One, 2014). had been him emerging from the TARDIS.[21] By the end of July 2017, Moffat stated that Jodie Whittaker had already filmed her half of the regeneration scene.[22]

Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017). was originally rumoured to be titled The Doctors.[23][24]

Television stories[]

Christmas special[]

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
N/A The Return of Doctor Mysterio [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 (BBC One, 2016). Steven Moffat Ed Bazalgette The Doctor and Nardole have just left Darillium.

Regular series[]

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
1 The Pilot [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). Steven Moffat Lawrence Gough First appearance of Bill Potts, Moira, St Luke's University, and the Vault. Brief reintroduction to the Movellans.
2 Smile [+]Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). Frank Cottrell-Boyce
3 Thin Ice [+]Sarah Dollard, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). Sarah Dollard Bill Anderson
4 Knock Knock [+]Mike Bartlett, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). Mike Bartlett
5 Oxygen [+]Jamie Mathieson, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). Jamie Mathieson Charles Palmer First time Nardole travels alongside the Doctor and Bill. The Doctor is rendered irreversibly blind.
6 Extremis [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). Steven Moffat Daniel Nettheim Explanation of how Nardole became a companion. Missy is revealed to be in the vault. First appearance of the Monks. Part one of the "Monks Trilogy".
7 The Pyramid at the End of the World [+]Peter Harness and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). Peter Harness & Steven Moffat The Doctor has his eyesight restored. Part two of the "Monks Trilogy".
8 The Lie of the Land [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). Toby Whithouse Wayne Yip Part three of the "Monks Trilogy".
9 Empress of Mars [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). Mark Gatiss First female Ice Warrior depicted in the television series. Brief reintroduction to Alpha Centauri.
10 The Eaters of Light [+]Rona Munro, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). Rona Munro Charles Palmer First "New Series" story written by a "Classic Series" writer.
11 & 12 World Enough and Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). / The Doctor Falls [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017). Steven Moffat Rachel Talalay Reintroduction of the Mondasian Cybermen. Bill is converted into a Cyberman. Return of the Saxon Master. Death of Missy and the Master. Final regular appearances of Bill Potts and Nardole. The Doctor begins regenerating. Cameo appearance by the First Doctor.

Christmas special[]

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
N/A Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017). Steven Moffat Rachel Talalay Final regular appearance of the Twelfth Doctor. Guest appearance by the First Doctor. First appearance of the Thirteenth Doctor. The First Doctor also regenerates into the Second Doctor.

Episode notes[]

Aliens/enemies[]

Adaptations and merchandising[]

Home media[]

DVD / Blu-ray[]

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All episodes of Series 10 were released on a DVD box set on 13 November 2017.

The episodes were split over five discs with a special sixth disc containing special features, notably the deleted scenes. The box set also included the 2016 Christmas Special The Return of Doctor Mysterio [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 (BBC One, 2016)..

Name Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Doctor Who: Series 10, Disc 1
The Return of Doctor Mysterio [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2016 (BBC One, 2016).
The Pilot [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
1 x 60 min
1 × 50 min
TBA TBA TBA
Doctor Who: Series 10, Disc 2
Smile [+]Frank Cottrell-Boyce, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
Thin Ice [+]Sarah Dollard, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
Knock Knock [+]Mike Bartlett, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
1 × 50 min
2 × 45 min
TBA TBA TBA
Doctor Who: Series 10, Disc 3
Oxygen [+]Jamie Mathieson, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
Extremis [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
The Pyramid at the End of the World [+]Peter Harness and Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
1 x 50 min
2 × 45 min
TBA TBA TBA
Doctor Who: Series 10, Disc 4
The Lie of the Land [+]Toby Whithouse, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
Empress of Mars [+]Mark Gatiss, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
The Eaters of Light [+]Rona Munro, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
3 × 45 min TBA TBA TBA
Doctor Who: Series 10, Disc 5
World Enough and Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
The Doctor Falls [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who series 10 (BBC One, 2017).
1 x 45 min
1 × 60 min
TBA TBA TBA

Series 10 released on 21 November 2023 in a limited edition Blu-ray box set containing every "New Who" series up to Series 13.[30]

Stories set before this season[]

Audio[]

Stories set during this season[]

Novels[]

Audiobooks[]

to be added

Comics[]

Footnotes[]

  1. https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-32202633
  2. https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/97411dd5-13e3-45a8-9ed2-dbf97ef85516
  3. BBC Worldwide (14 July 2015). BBC Worldwide Annual Review 2014 - 2015. BBCWorldwide.com. Retrieved on 7 December 2015.
  4. Kelly, Stephen (6 November 2015). Steven Moffat can "confirm absolutely" that there will be a full series of Doctor Who next year. RadioTimes.com. Retrieved on 7 December 2015.
  5. http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/43787cd6-f1de-4264-a509-d387d9a89c4b
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Archival footage from TV: The Tenth Planet [+]Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis, Doctor Who season 4 (BBC1, 1966). during TV: Twice Upon a Time [+]Steven Moffat, Doctor Who Christmas Special 2017 (BBC One, 2017)..
  7. "Series 10 is coming! Here's a snap from today's first read-through with Peter and Pearl.". Facebook (14 June 2016). Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  8. Doran, Sarah (20 June 2016). Doctor Who series 10 starts filming today and Twitter is very excited. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  9. http://www.cultbox.co.uk/news/headlines/doctor-who-season-10-wont-finish-filming-until-end-march-2017
  10. https://twitter.com/bbcdoctorwho/status/850411339659055105
  11. DWM 506
  12. DWM 512
  13. Matt Lucas to join Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie for Doctor Who series 10. BBC Doctor Who (14 June 2016). Retrieved on 14 August 2016.
  14. Gill, James (26 April 2016). Pearl Mackie's Doctor Who codename revealed. Radio Times. Retrieved on 27 April 2016.
  15. https://twitter.com/d0od/status/767445794781790208
  16. https://twitter.com/HDProductions70/status/766751107116896256
  17. http://www.thehollywoodnews.com/2013/11/24/matt-smith-steven-moffat-more-talk-doctor-who-at-official-50th-celebration/
  18. https://www.facebook.com/DoctorWho/videos/1803691109644908/
  19. 19.0 19.1 https://twitter.com/benjamin_cook/status/878765850433597441
  20. http://www.express.co.uk/showbiz/tv-radio/821067/Doctor-Who-season-10-Finale-Missy-Bill-Potts-dead-Master-John-Simm-threatened-DELAY-why
  21. http://racheltalalay.tumblr.com/post/163516797449/the-time-of-our-lives-steven-moffats-final-dwm
  22. https://www.dailystar.co.uk/showbiz-tv/hot-tv/633706/doctor-who-new-doctor-british-television-programme-jodie-whittaker
  23. http://doctorwhonews.net/2017/07/doctor-who-at-san-diego-comic-con.html
  24. http://www.comingsoon.net/tv/news/869081-doctor-who-the-13th-doctor-will-be-revealed-this-sunday
  25. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-05-25/doctor-who-episode-edited-for-saturday-airing-following-manchester-bombing
  26. http://www.digitalspy.com/tv/doctor-who/news/a809426/are-doctor-who-and-casualty-crossing-over
  27. http://www.cultbox.co.uk/news/headlines/the-doctor-whocasualty-crossover-that-never-happened
  28. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-07-02/bbc-apologises-for-doctor-who-series-10-finale-sound-problems
  29. http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2017-07-04/doctor-who-series-10-finale-included-an-incredibly-subtle-tribute-to-russell-t-davies--did-you-spot-it
  30. https://www.ign.com/articles/doctor-who-limited-edition-complete-new-who-blu-ray-set-is-up-for-preorder
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