Steven Moffat has teased us with the exciting news that John Simm will be returning this season – and yes, he’ll still be playing the Master! And there will definitely be a face-to-face scene between his Master and Melissa Gomez’s Missy. That should be interesting!
In all these years, we have never had a multi-Master story. Honestly, it’s about time.
Permission to squee?
It’s never easy, letting a Doctor go . . . whether they’re in for a year (Eccleston), two seasons (Colin Baker), the typical three, or the marathon seven that Tom Baker had, it’s still not easy to see them go. But! At least we get to find out while we still have a whole new season of Capaldi ahead of us! That makes it a bit easier. And he’s getting a new companion, who I hope can stick around to bridge into the new Doctor and the new showrunner for Series 11.
So what do we have to look forward to, in Capaldi’s final season as “Doctor Eyebrows”, as my youngest daughter calls him?
- the new companion, a girl named Bill
- Bill, who is apparently a Prince fan
- And we have two companions! Nardole is staying on after the last Christmas special, which means we have the first male companion since Rory, and the first non-human companion (unless you stretch and count River Song) since Turlough in the early 80s.
- the Movellans appear to be back! for the first time since “Destiny of the Daleks”, featuring Tom Baker and Lalla Ward in 1979 — if you’re not a classic Who fan, they’re beautiful androids who are completely opposed to the Daleks — and everybody else.
- there have been rumors (sparked by a teasing remark by Peter Capaldi) that Clara is back in some form — however, Jenna Coleman says she did not record anything as Clara, and ruled out a cameo as well, so it sounds like something more oblique
- Missy is back, however! The latest deliciously evil incarnation of the Doctor’s Time Lord nemesis will return.
- The Ice Warriors are also back, again written by Mark Gatiss, and apparently featuring a new type of Ice Warrior — intriguing!
- Alas, Peter Jackson directing still appears to be a pipe dream, unless they’ve managed to really shock us all with some amazing secret shooting
So, there are some nice juicy hints in there! What more may be waiting for us?
This sure looks intriguing! The BBC ran it for “Children in Need”, and now I really can’t wait for Christmas!
It’ll be a long wait yet for Series 10 to finally grace our screens, but in the meantime, the BBC has finally given us a little information! First off, the first trailer for “Class”, the upcoming Doctor Who spinoff set at Cole Hill Academy — and oh yes, they’re absolutely confirming that the 12th Doctor makes an appearance:
And then, what we’ve all be waiting for — the first glimpse (mostly behind the scenes) at the upcoming Christmas special — which will include Nardole, an actual superhero, and now has a title: The Return of Doctor Mysterio!
I only have time for a very brief post, but someone pointed this out to me and I simply have to pass it on. In the publicity still released to announce the new companion, actress Pearl Mackie is wearing a Purple Rain shirt. (Not the cover art; this picture was from the sleeve. Kids, ask your parents what a record sleeve is.) Whovians are now speculating that she may be from the 1980s, which would be a nice change of pace from all the contemporary companions, but I can’t help but wonder . . . did the Doctor somehow know? About Prince, this year? I mean, of course it’s coincidence, but . . . there is that magical moment of wondering, isn’t there?
Alas, no, they’re not breaking the trend and going with a male; Bill is a girl, played by Pearl Mackie. I know nothing about this actress, but I like what I see in this clip the BBC has released by way of introduction:
The next episode is still much too far away — I cannot wait!
Stephen Moffatt has been at the reins of Doctor Who for four seasons now, plus “The Day of the Doctor”. He’s taking another slow year; we’ll have just one Christmas Special this year, before Stephen Moffatt helms his fifth season of Doctor Who in the spring of 2017. Reason being: it’s going to be his last, and BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore wants to make a big event out of it, fearing that other big events in 2016 including the Olympics will dilute viewership.
So Moffatt is now working on Series 10, and a successor has been chosen: in 2018, Chris Chibnall will take over for Series 11. Chibnall currently is helming the acclaimed Broadchurch drama, and of course previously worked on Torchwood and has also written for Doctor Who already. Which does still leave one other question . . .
. . . who will be the new companion? We still don’t know that yet either. Hmmmm…..