Ahead of Doctor Who’s tenth season premiere, executive producer/writer Steven Moffat has revealed some new details about the upcoming episodes. In an interview with Doctor Who magazine, Moffat announced the first 10 episode titles and a synopsis for a few of those episodes.
The Pilot by Moffat checks back in with The Doctor and Nardole while introducing new companion Bill Potts. When The Doctor is about to regenerate, the first episode usually hints at what the story arc will be that leads to his departure.
Smile written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce has the trailer’s emoji robots. The planet’s colonists have disappeared, and The Doctor and Bill must keep smiling at all times. Should be an interesting story since the Twelfth Doctor doesn’t do a lot of smiling.
Thin Ice written by Sarah Dollard features a visit to 19th century London and a frozen Thames. Turns out a giant snake monster is the reason the river moves through the city the way it does.
Knock Knock by Mike Bartlett reveals the creepy reason behind creaky floorboards. Sounds like this will be one of those watch with the lights on episodes.
Moffat described Oxygen by Jamie Mathieson as “one of his favorite episodes ever.” High praise from the man who wrote Blink, Silence in the Library, The Eleventh Hour and many more of the series’ best episodes.
In The Pyramid at the End of the World by Peter Harness, all life on Earth is gone and it’s the end of the world. So you know, the usual.
The Empress of Mars by frequent Moffat collaborator Mark Gatiss, has a hive of ice warriors including the Empress and Victorian soldiers. Should be fun to see how they show up on Mars.
The season also includes Extremis by Moffat, The Lie of the Land written by Doctor Who vet Toby Whithouse and The Eaters of Light by Rona Munro.
It was previously confirmed that Michelle Gomez and John Simm are both returning as The Master.
Doctor Who stars Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, Pearl Mackie as Bill and Matt Lucas as Nardole when the tenth season premieres Saturday, April 15 at 7:20 pm on BBC One and 9 pm ET on BBC America.