Peter Capaldi and showrunner Steven Moffat’s final season of “Doctor Who” kicks off this weekend with twelve new episodes which mark the tenth season of the show since the 2005 reboot.
We know there’s a new companion in Bill (Pearl Mackie) along with returnee Nardol (Matt Lucas), and we know some old villains return including The Ice Warriors, the Mondasian Cybermen and two versions of The Master. Beyond that, there’s been little revealed about the new season.
Now, Digital Spy has spoken with Moffat about it and he revealed details about the first ten episodes – specifics of the last two being kept under wraps. First up, the titles are: “The Pilot,” “Smile,” “Thin Ice,” “Knock Knock,” “Oxygen,” Extremis,” “The Pyramid at the End of the World,” “The Lie of the Land,” “The Empress of Mars,” and “The Eaters of Light”.
“Smile” is the one featuring ’emojibots’, but it’s much more sinister than it appears – it’s set on a world where all the colonists have seemingly vanished and those who don’t smile or express constant happiness face certain death.
“Thin Ice” features a frozen River Thames in the early 19th Century, and apparently a giant snake monster which is responsible for the Thames’ serpentine journey throughout London.
“Knock Knock” is this year’s “Listen,” a dark fable which explores the terrible truth behind the reason floorboards creak. “Oxygen” is said to be one of Moffat’s “favourite episodes ever” due to a strong core idea. Finally “The Pyramid at the End of the World” is set in a time period when all life on Earth has been wiped out.
Finally, the BBC has released a new video with a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming season which they push that with the new companion, this effectively serves as a good starting point for people who haven’t watched the show yet.