The Haunting of Villa Diodati was the eighth episode of series 12 of Doctor Who.

It offered an alternate account of the conception of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley to that of the audio story Mary's Story featuring the Eighth Doctor, though with the story acknowledging that what it was depicting was the result of history becoming unusually flexible around that night.

The episode featured the return of the Cybermen, in their first television appearance since 2017's The Doctor Falls and their first encounter with the Thirteenth Doctor. Specifically, the story properly introduced the Lone Cyberman, as well as its motivations, after he had been mentioned by Jack Harkness in Fugitive of the Judoon.


The Thirteenth Doctor and her companions visit Mary Shelley on the night she creates Frankenstein but all is not as it seems. The rooms of Villa Diodati keep shifting and ghosts are stalking the hall. And the group soon remember a familiar warning. Beware the Lone Cyberman.


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Uncredited cast


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  • Graham searches for the lavatory, but finds that they're too early in history to enjoy the invention of toilets.


Food and beverages

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Story notes

  • The episode had a "cold opening".
  • Curiously Nicholas Briggs went uncredited for his voicing of the Lone Cyberman.[1]
  • Unusual to a normal set up, this particular episode did feature a cliffhanger but it wasn't set at the end of the episode, instead appearing before Team TARDIS head back to the TARDIS, in the final scenes in Villa Diodati.
  • In the real world, the competition to create the best ghost story took place over the course of three days, not one single night.
  • Although uncredited, the Cyberman's helmet design visibly appears to be based on Matthew Savage's 2006 design.[2]


  • 3.86 million (BBC overnight)[3]

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Production errors

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.

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Home video releases

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