Doctor Who season thirty-five episode titles revealed

@bbcdoctorwho has released an image showing the titles of Doctor Who’s season thirty-five episodes:


@bbcdoctorwho has released an image showing the titles of Doctor Who‘s season thirty-five episodes:

The Magician’s Apprentice

By Steven Moffat

This was confirmed by Radio Times following a screening of the Christmas special Last Christmas (Steven Moffat), which announced the title at the end.

A lot of people have connected this to Clara Oswald, who could be considered the Doctor’s “apprentice”, or that it refers to the Doctor acquiring a new one. That’s unlikely, since the casting of a third regular would’ve been announced. Has anyone considered that “the Magician’s Apprentice” may be the Doctor?

Catherine Gee’s Telegraph review confirms no new regular joins in The Magician’s Apprentice, but did call it


Radio Times have given five thoughts about the episode, but it’s mostly a GIFset.

The Witch’s Familiar

By Steven Moffat

Part two of two-parter one, this sounds to me like the relationship between the Doctor and the Mistress. If he’s a magician, they’d be the witch? Was the Mistress an apprentice of the Doctor?

The Telegraph review also mentioned that

“the second does overdo the overwrought drama”

Under the Lake

By Toby Whithouse

Pretty self-explanatory, it’s set in an aquatic base beneath a lake. The Telegraph also published Steven Moffat’s Radio Times description of the episode:

“Under a lake, in the dripping gloom of an underwater base, stands a gleaming black space ship, recovered from the lake bed. Nothing is inside – but when the base crew start dying, they make a terrible discovery: ghosts are real! And their friends are refusing to stay dead! The Doctor and Clara arrive to find a base under siege from beyond the grave. But how can the dead be walking? What has brought them back? When the Doctor discovers the truth, it is more terrifying than any simple ghost story.”

Before the Flood

By Toby Whithouse

The key question here: is Before the Flood a sequel/prequel to Under the Lake, or just a companion episode with a similar tone? I like to think the former – that sounds like a more interesting structure.

The same Telegraph article also posted Moffat’s description of this episode:

“In the eerie remains of a town that never was, something is stalking the Doctor and his friends. A desperate battle for survival is underway, but this time our heroes already know which of them is going to lose. With the past and the future hanging in the balance, the Doctor is breaking the rules to win the day. Can anything stop the Fisher King? And more importantly, who composed Beethoven’s 5th?”

The Girl who Died

By Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat

Also known as “the Maisie Williams episode”, in-which she stars as a girl with an apparent connection to the Doctor. Is she undead? Is she destined to die? Did she fake her death? Who is she?

Moffat knows (obviously), and has said

“Once you see what she’s up to you’ll appreciate what a clever idea [the role] was. It’s a significant role, we’re not just throwing her away. It’s a great part and she’s terrific in it. One thing I think is worth saying, because it keeps coming up as an issue, is that she is not playing a returning character. She’s a new character, she’s not a character from the Doctor’s past. We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.”

Producer Brian Minchin describes her casting here:

Williams described her feelings as such:

“I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town”.


Rufus “Peter Eccleston” Hound also guest-stars as Sam Swift…

…as does David Schofield as Odin:


Or at least, a character named Odin, as opposed to actual Norse king of Gods, Odin. The Girl who Died is also apparently set during the Viking age, which would make sense. Directed by Poldark‘s Ed Bazalgette, making his Doctor Who debut.

The Woman who Lived

By Catherine Tregenna

Just about the same as above, but also featuring actor Todd Kramer as Hitchley, according to his Spotlight curriculum vitae. Karen Seacombe’s Spotlight profile also states she’s been cast as Meg (she was previously in Gareth Roberts‘ The Lodger). Tregenna previously wrote Torchwood episodes Out of TimeAdamCaptain Jack Harkness and Meat.

The Zygon Invasion

By Peter Harness

An indirect sequel to The day of the Doctor (Steven Moffat), this episde explains what happened following the Doctor’s solution to the Zygon Invasion.

The Telegraph also printed Moffat’s description of this episode:

“A long time ago, the Doctor made a deal in the Tower of London. 20 million Zygons walk among us, in human form, living undetected in peace and harmony. But cracks are showing in this delicate peace. Humans and Zygons are disappearing. In city apartment blocks, lifts are going missing, and far below the streets of Britain, alien pods are growing in secret caverns. Unit’s scientific advisor, Osgood, sends a desperate message to the Doctor – but since Osgood is long dead, how is that even possible?”

The Zygon Inversion

By Peter Harness

This episode will be darker and include allegories to real-world political issues, specifically the European Migrant Crisis. Harness previously wrote the political Kill the Moon, which was controversially allegorising the pregnancy abortion debate – Forbes‘ Ewan Spence criticised Kill the Moon for how Harness approached writing such an episode:

“If you’re going to do an issues story, especially one around a topic that carries a huge amount of baggage on both sides of the debate, then you need to approach it with an incredibly light touch. What you don’t want to have is a story that stops all the action and plotting to run the issue up a very visible flagpole, pasting a couple of straw-man arguments into the script, and then make it obvious which way the writer believes the debate should go. Kill the Moon wasn’t good drama, it delivered false controversy, and it did not respect the debate it was trying to start in the viewers at home.

Other critics compared it to being a Very Special Episode. Blastr reports the episode will feature a throwback to the famous “Five rounds rapid!” line of Kate Stewart’s father in The Daemons (“Guy Leopold“), as well as New Mexico supermarket chase.

Sleep no More

By Mark Gatiss

An episode compiled of found footage from a space rescue that the audience mustn’t watch. Directed by Justin Molotnikov, produced by Nikki Wilson. Guest starring Reece Shearsmith, Elaine Tan, Neet Mohan, Bethany Black and Paul Courtenay Hyu.

Face the Raven

By Sarah Dollard

Produced by Nikki Wilson, and guest starring Jovian Wade as Rigsy from Jamie Mathieson‘s FlatlineFace the Raven has this description:

Have you ever found yourself in a street you’ve never seen before? The next day, could you not find that street again? You weren’t dreaming. Your memory isn’t playing tricks. Like many lost souls throughout the ages, you have stumbled on an extraordinary secret – be grateful you survived it. The Doctor and Clara, with their old friend Rigsy, find themselves in a secret alien world, folded away among the streets of London. Not all of them will get out alive. One of the three intruders must face the raven…

Heaven Sent

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Rachel Talalay, and produced by Peter Bennett, this episode features Peter Capaldi as the Doctor and nobody else. For the first time, allegedly, only the Doctor appears in an episode. Talalay previously directed Dark Water (Steven Moffat) and Death in Heaven (Steven Moffat) Description follows:

In a world unlike any other he has seen, the Doctor faces the greatest challenge of his many lives. And he must face it alone.

Hell Bent

By Steven Moffat

If you took everything from him, and betrayed him, and trapped him, and broke both his hearts… how far might the Doctor go? It is time, at last, for the Doctor’s confession.

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