It’s not every year you get to watch the first episode of the 36th season of a television series. Airing off and on since November 1963, Doctor Who returns next month with the opener to its 10th renumbered season since the 2005 reboot, but several elements of the show will see their end. This will be the final season for Scottish actor Peter Capaldi leading the show as the 12th Doctor. And lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat and executive producer Brian Minchin will see their final season with the series. Moffat is famous for taking the series to its current international success.
Pearl Mackie takes over for Jenna Coleman as the new companion, a character named Bill Potts. Mackie is a newcomer to the BBC with only a supporting role film credit and a guest role on an episode of a British TV show. Matt Lucas returns as Nardole, and it appears he may be a recurring second companion something like Arthur Darvill’s Rory in the 2010-2012 episodes.
Rona Munro, who wrote the final story of the original Doctor Who series, is returning to write an episode of the show this season. Several other regular series writers will return, including Toby Whithouse and Mark Gatiss. This season will see an appearance by Poirot’s David Suchet and the return of Michelle Gomez as Misty–the latest incarnation of The Master. The TARDIS, Cybermen, Daleks, Weeping Angels, Mars, new spacesuits, old orange spacesuits, new aliens, new robots, new cyborgs, places from the past, new planets… they’re all here. Check out this preview for Season 10:
Doctor Who fans get to catch 2-part finale of Doctor Who Season 8 in theaters across the country in RealD 3D plus a never-before-seen prequel to Season 9 in a special two-night event hosted by Fathom Events. It all happens Tuesday, September 15, and Wednesday, September 16, leading up to the Season 9 premiere Saturday, September 19, 2015, on BBC America.
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Tickets will go on sale Friday, July 31.
Wil Wheaton will host an interview with stars Peter Capaldi and Jenna Coleman as part of the show.
As we saw with last year’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, the BBC knows how to whet fans’ appetites with a week-long lead-in of episodes and documentaries leading up to benchmarks in the Doctor Who universe. The next benchmark is of course Peter Capaldi’s first full episode as the 12th Doctor airing next Saturday night, 51 years after kids in England were first entranced by a mysterious time traveler in a ship that is bigger on the inside and looks like a phone booth. Viewers who aren’t giving up on Doctor Who after losing Matt Smith, and are just excited to see what Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss & Co. have in store next, will see another week full of past Doctor Who episodes as well as plenty more leading up to next weekend.
The collective anticipation of a worldwide core of fans translates nicely to the title of the next episode, “Deep Breath.” How will Capaldi’s Doctor take to captaining the TARDIS and leading his feisty young companion Clara (Jenna Coleman)–the ultimate companion who is the only companion to accompany every prior Doctor–through their next adventure together? Plenty of new cyborgs are waiting, as revealed in the below trailer, shown after the break.
“Deep Breath” will premiere August 23, 2014, 7 p.m. Central on BBC America. Last night BBC America premiered two new shows, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Companion and The Real History of Science Fiction: Time, each to be re-broadcast throughout the week. A third special, Doctor Who: The Ultimate Time Lord premieres tomorrow, Monday, August 18, at 9 p.m. Central.