Doctor Who, series 10, episode 6 – Extremis

Ok, Missy is returning just to be executed. Sort of. By the Doctor. And the Doctor has to get her body into a vault and to protect it for a millennium because of the possible relapses. Sort of.

But the relation between Master / Missy and the Doctor is not quite so simple, and things can always turn to unexpected. The good part is that the identity of the creature inside the vault is now clear (it’s not a surprise – the fans have guessed it since last week), the less than good part is that your favorite Time Lord could let her out soon, depending the circumstance.

Earth is threatened by another invasion, a special one: this time the aliens are using simulations to study the reaction of the being on the surface. For the people inside the projections (something similar with the holodeck from Star Trek) there is no hope and no chance of escape, and that’s why when finding the Truth (one of the books hidden in Haereticum, one of secret archives inside Vatican) they prefer the non-existence. Or suicide, or erasing themselves from the system – tell it how you want.

Extremis is one of the best episodes of the series, and it’s the first one in a three parts story. it’s the moment when the Pope from Vatican requests a private audience from the Doctor and ask for his help about a text called the Veritas (the truth): all the people that have read it (while translating or after that) killed themselves. The text was online, being send by email to several institutions around the globe, and the Doctor had to decipher it and stop its effects before becoming viral.

Find out more watching the story written by Steven Moffat and directed by Daniel Nettheim. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Jennifer Hennessy (Moira), Corrado Invernizzi (Cardinal Angelo), Joseph Long (The Pope), Ronke Adekoluejo (Penny), Ivanno Jeremiah (Rafando), Francesco Martino (Piero), Alana Maria (Pentagon Woman), Laurent Maurel (Nicolas).

The Pyramid at the End of the World is the seventh episode of Series 10. Synopsis: A 5,000 year-old Pyramid stands at the center of a war zone, where the Chinese, Russian and American armies are about to clash. There are many problems with that, but the one that intrigues the Doctor is this: there wasn’t a pyramid there yesterday. The Doctor, Bill and Nardole face an alien invasion unlike any other, and before conquest can begin, these aliens need the consent of the human race…

A closer look at ‘Oxygen’

Get a closer look at the “killer combo of zombie / robot” suits that took over the Chasm Forge space station in last week episode, the 5th of season 10, ‘Oxygen’.

Ok, who doesn’t want to be a spaceman? I hope you just answered “not me! I want to be a spaceman!” If you are not decided yet join guest star Kieran Bew as he walks you through the process of filming the spacewalk scenes.

Series 10, episode 5: Oxygen

What do you do when the Doctor misses the space between the stars? Many adventures take place at the surface of planets or other celestial bodies, but the Doctor travels through time and space, so this place is part there. Even when, as he says, ‘Space – the final frontier. Final because it wants to kill us.’ – Star trek fans will recognize the reference.

This time The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer to an emergency call and arrive to a space station. The future way of business makes some problems to the visitors: the oxygen is sold only in quantities required for the people living there, and the surplus is recycled only to be sold again to everyone visiting the space stations. When the Doctor extend the habitable space around the TARDIS on the station it suddenly appear an unexpected excess of oxygen – and the station take the necessary steps, and the visitors are stuck.

More: the asteroid mining operation lack of efficiency triggers other necessary measures (from the perspective of the Company). The people are going to be replaced, so they are killed to stop them consuming the priceless oxygen using the automated suits. ”Us against the suits” becomes a struggle against the automated suites and the people in the superior hierarchy inside the Company.

Until the end the trio gets out of there, with some survivors, but the Doctor becomes blind. A disadvantage that his enemies will profit by, maybe as soon as the next episode.

Directed by Charlie Palmer, written by Jamie Mathieson. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Kieran Bew (Ivan), Katie Brayben (Ellie), Peter Caulfield (Dahh-Ren), Lewis McGowan (Brother), Mimi Ndiweni (Abby), Justin Salinger (Tasker).

Next time, the sixth episode of series 10, it’s Extremis: In the Haereticum – the Vatican’s secret library of blasphemy – there is an ancient book known only as The Veritas. Throughout history, anyone who has ever read it has immediately taken their own life. Now a new translation is online, and the danger is spreading. The Vatican appeals to the Doctor. Will he read The Veritas? But can even the Doctor survive the ultimate truth?

A closer look at Knock Knock

Get a closer look at ‘Knock Knock’, the fourth episode of series 10, find out more about what makes houses so scary, and what nicknames the cast used on set while filming this episode. With Steven Moffat and Pearl Mackie.

David Suchet about being the landlord and working with Peter Capaldi again.

Series 10, episode 4 – Knock knock

A cheap rent into a big house with big rooms? Who could refuse something like this when you don’t have too much money to spend? Does it matter that the building is old and not well maintained, or that it’s haunted or that people are disappearing without a trace during the night? Does it matter that the walls are eating humans instead of dinner or that the landlord is a strange untrusting fellow?

The fourth episode of 10th series is closer to a horror movie than the everyday Doctor Who episode, but the story also have some emotional moments: the reasons things were put into motion, 7 decades ago, bringing mother and child to the current situation. The story has a logic of its own, it works in some degree, and you may compare it (more or less realistic) withe the popular episode from 2007, Blink.

Long story short: Bill is moving in a strange new house with some mates. David Suchet changed from Hercule Poirot, the detective created by Agatha Cristie – the Doctor met her a few seasons ago – to this strange character that shows the students their new home. The first and only night they are spending there is a frightening one (they don’t need the Doctor’s help to be terrified but he is offering gladly his support), and things became unpleasant. People are missing (almost) without a trace, they become food for the creatures from inside the house, and you have to find out alone how they are getting out from that trap.

The identity of the creature in the vault is another mystery, one will find out soon. Probably it’s connected with Master / Missy and John Simm‘s return in this season – it would be a reason good enough for the Doctor to stick around all the time and to stop the prisoner to escape.

Directed by Bill Anderson, written by Mike Bartlett. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Sam Benjamin (Estate Agent), Mandeep Dhillon (Shireen), Mariah Gale (Eliza), Alice Hewkin (Felicity), Tate Pitchie-Cooper (Young Landlord), Ben Presley (Paul), Colin Ryan (Harry), Bart Suavek (Pavel), David Suchet (The Landlord).

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer a distress call in deep space, and find themselves trapped on board space station Chasm Forge. All but four of the crew have been murdered – and the dead are still walking! In a future where oxygen is sold by the breath, and space suits are valued more highly than their occupants, the TARDIS crew battle for survival against the darkest evil of all…

Doctor Who series 10 episode 3: Thin ice

In the previous episode Bill wanted to get into the future, now she and the Doctor get into the past, in 1814 London. And the episode 3 starts from the moment the previous one finishes, with an elephant and an entire fair on the frozen surface of Thames.

Historically speaking, Thames has frozen 23 times starting the XIVth century (and the ice was thick enough for the people to walk over it). The year 1814 was the last one when this has happened, something that was a reason good enough to be used as background for several episode during the last decade of new Doctor Who.

But a huge creature hunts under the ice, and every time someone gets under it (with or without the fishes with lights) he / she becomes food for something else. More: the one that Doctor calls Tiny or the Monster of Loch-Less or Not-so-tiny mermaid has been kept captive for decades, feeding with people from London for the benefits of others.

One of the children that have stolen the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver becomes food for fishes, a motif good enough for Bill to ask the Doctor about his 2,000 years story and the deads that hunts him after so many wars and adventures. The 10th episode of series 10 is a good motiv for the Doctor’s memorables speeches, even if it’s a shorter than the on from episode 10, series 9, The Zygon Inverson.

The Doctor and Bill borrows some diving suites in order to get on the bottom of Thames, under the thin ice, to discover more about the creature and how it got there. But you have to find out the details alone, watching the episode.

Directed by Bill Anderson, written by Sarah Dollard. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Nicholas Burns (Sutcliffe), Asiatu Koroma (Kitty), Peter Singh (Pie-man), Simon Ludders (Overseer), Tomi May (Dowell), Austin Taylor (Spider), Ellie Shenker (Dot), Kishaina Thiruselvan (Harriet), Badger Skelton (Perry).

In the next episode, Knock knock, Bill is moving in with some friends and they’ve found the perfect house – so what if it’s strangely cheap to rent, and the landlord is a little creepy? The wind blows, the floorboards creak, and the Doctor thinks something is very wrong. What lurks in the strange tower at the heart of the building – and why can’t they find any way to enter it?

Series 10, episode 2: Smile

The best colony of the future is the one created by the robots you send ahead, the robots build whatever the need to build (buildings, streets, green houses full with plants, the cultivated fields, etc), and later, when the ship with colonists arrives, it awaks all from their sleep in order to live into a city build especially for them. It sounds great, right? And more, if the robots are monitorizing your state of mind and try to make everything find for you is even better. Isn’t it?

This sounds good, but in really it isn’t very often when the action take place accordingly to the plans. Especially when the Earth had to be left behind and the new coloines of humens (not so many!) are the only way for the human specie to survive. That make even more necessary Doctor’s intervetion, help by his new companion, Bill Pots. Remember this: if you don’t smile during the entire episode you will die! The robots will get you and they will eat you!

The relation between the Doctor and his companion is very dynamic (Bill set herself confortable into the TARDIS after her first trip and she wants to continue) and very personal. The characters are set to stay (at least for this season). Bill had to choose between the past and the future as destination of the trip, and she chose the future. They arrived to the human colony Gliese 581 D (filming set is located in Valencia, Spain), into a city built entirely by robots: the colonies of microbots were parts of the walls, with the emojibots as interface with the human colonies. But things are starting to go wrong: the human emotions trigered a chain reaction and the robots tried to eliminate everything wrong. Starting with the humans.

Watch the episode, find out how the unusual problem was solved (it’s a rather simple answer), and the next time you are trying to win a chess game don’t turn over the table.

The writer for this story is Frank Cottrell-Boyce, the one who has writen the story for In the forest of the night (in 2014).

The next episode is Thin ice: a killing monster hunts under the frozen Thames in London, 1814 AD.

Series 10, episode 1: The pilot

A new series has started last night, a new companion has been introduced, the TARDIS is once again ”bigger on the inside” (everyone’s favorite shout when they first enter the blue box). And you don’t have to see the Doctor to enjoy the show: the way Bill Pots (Pearl Mackie) enter is simple and clear.

It’s not a complex episode (as others), the action is quite simple (the Doctor and Bill meet an alien creature and run away from it), but it works just fine if you consider it an introduction to something that’s going to end in an epic way: this is Steven Moffat’s last season as a producer and Peter Capaldi’s last season as the Doctor. Michelle Gomez and John Simms return as Missy / Master, but that’s another chapter of the story.

The story of the first episode was written by Steven Moffat. With Peter Capaldi (the Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill Pots), Matt Lucas (Nardole), David Olawale Ayinde (Edwardian Working Class), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek), Jennifer Hennessy (Moira), Stephanie Hyam (Heather).

In the next episode The Doctor and Bill travel to one of Earth’s first colonies in Smile.

Doctor Who at the BFI & Radio Times TV Festival

Let up watch Peter Capaldi, new companion Pearl Mackie, showrunner Steven Moffat and producer Brian Minchin discussing series 10 in London as part of the BFI & Radio Times Television Festival, Sunday 9 April 2017.

The first episode of the new series will be on your screens in just a few hours.

How to pilot a TARDIS

Your personal trainer show you everything you need to know! Learn how to pilot your very own TARDIS, just in time for the new season premiere.

Get ready tonight, make time to watch the Doctor, Bill, and Nardole Saturday, April 15th at 9/8c on BBC America followed by the premiere of the new spin-off, Class.

Who is Bill Potts?

Something’s coming… and it will be the Doctor’s most epic adventure yet. Season 10 will start this Easter, just a few days from now.

Get ready to have the time of your life with the Doctor, Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), and Nardole this Saturday, April 15th at 9/8c on BBC America followed by the premiere of the new spin-off, Class.

The Future Needs Us – Concept for Doctor Who Series 10 Launch Trailer

Lucy Crewe is a Doctor Who fan and animator. She has spent a good deal of the year 2016 working on a cartoon trailer for Season 10. The result is really good, particularly the likenesses of both the Doctor and Bill:

Her animation skills and intuition improved vastly over the last months and she was able to free up her mind space, playing to her strengths to design a speculative campaign that will tie in with season 10 next spring.

On-location set visits and social events gave her that push to develop an idea into something special. Live action reference was used for most shots.

Peter Capaldi’s reaction to the video.

Steven Moffat about series 10 episode 1

Curious to find out more? Well.. During the show InnerSpace Presents: Doctor Who Steven Moffat talks about how he aimed to make the first episode 1 of series 10 the start of a new show again.

Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Steven Moffat and Brian Minchin gather together for the Space channel to talk all things Series 10, the Doctor’s New Companion and Sonic Screwdriver as well as BBC Three’s Class

Filming series 10

They started filming about two weeks ago. The weather was on their side: it started snowing in June!

Matt Lucas returns to Doctor Who show and and gives you a sneak peak of his first day of filming. That happened a week ago.

Series 10 – Join the Doctor on BBC One Trailer

“All of time and all of space, in a big blue box.” It won’t be quiet, it won’t be safe and it won’t be calm but it will be the Trip of a Lifetime! Soon someone’s life will be turned upside down as they join The Doctor in the TARDIS for a universe of adventures in space and time. We will have to wait until the next year for series 10 but until then let’s enjoy this fan-made trailer.