Series 10 trailer officially released

To the TARDIS! Join the Doctor, Bill and Nardole in “The Pilot” on 15th April

Following a leak from Australian Broadcasting Corporation at the weekend, the Series 10 trailer has now officially been released properly by the BBC. This trailer debuted at half-time of The FA Cup – Quarter-Final: Chelsea v Manchester United.

Series 10 trailer premieres tonight, first episode titled and more…

A new image for “Doctor Who” Series 10 is released, ahead of a 60-second trailer for the season premiering on BBC One tonight (Monday, 13th March) during half-time of “The FA Cup” quarter final match between Chelsea and Manchester United.

The image features Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, with Pearl Mackie as his new companion Bill Potts, and Matt Lucas as Nardole. “Doctor Who” returns to BBC One on Saturday 15 April with episode 1, “The Pilot”.

The Doctor Who press office have announced that Series 10’s trailer (which was leaked a few days ago by Australian Broadcasting Corporation via Google Drive) will officially premiere tonight properly on BBC One during the half time of The FA Cup episode Quarter-Final: Chelsea v Manchester United. This will be between 20:30 and 20:45 GMT. Whether or not this will be in anyway different from the leaked trailer in order to compensate remains to be seen.

The same press release also confirmed that Series 10’s premiere episode is to be titled The Pilot (which is written by Steven Moffat). The working title from location reports was A Star in Her EyeThe Pilot‘s title has a double-meaning; both as the Doctor being the TARDIS pilot (or possibly Nardole being the TARDIS valet), and the way that the introduction of new audience surrogate character Bill Potts essentially makes the episode a series pilot for a new audience.

Plus, the official Series 10 promotional image has been released. In the image, we see: a red planet (possibly Mars, which is featured in an upcoming episode written by Mark Gatiss); ice on the ground (which could refer to the frozen Thames featured in an upcoming episode by Sarah Dollard); fire (which could refer to the fiery monsters seen on location) and Earth – which could possibly be Earth’s twin planet, Mondas – home planet of the Mondasian Cybermen, which are to return this season.

And finally, Kris Marshall – in an interview in Herald Sun, quoted in Doctor Who TV, has denied involvement with Doctor Who in the future. Marshall has become the leading name in the speculation as to who will be the Thirteenth Doctor. Marshall announced his departure from Death in Paradise in the same week that Peter Capaldi announced his departure from Doctor Who, and became such a popular choice as a result that bookmakers were forced to stop betting on Marshall’s name. In the interview, Marshall said:

I wouldn’t put any money on it yet.”

Kris Marshall

Is this Series 10’s episode guide?

A Star in Her Eye (wri. Steven Moffat, dir. Lawrence Gough)

Smile (wri. Frank Cottrell-Boyce, dir. Lawrence Gough)

On Thin Ice (wri. Sarah Dollard, dir. Bill Anderson)

The Haunted Hub (wri. Mike Bartlett, dir. Bill Anderson)

Oxygen (wri. Jamie Mathieson, dir. Charles Palmer)

Extremis (wri. Steven Moffat, dir. Daniel Nettheim)

Like Yesterday (wri. Peter Harness, dir. Daniel Nettheim)

Truth (wri. Toby Whithouse, dir. Wayne Yip)

The Queen of Mars (wri. Mark Gatiss, dir. Wayne Yip)

The Eaters of Light (wri. Rona Munro, dir. Charles Palmer)

The Converted (wri. Steven Moffat, dir. Rachel Talalay)

The First Planet (wri. Steven Moffat, dir. Rachel Talalay)

“Something’s coming, Bill”

We’re going to be very busy

This is an extremely spoilerific reveal about the Series 10 finale – specifically, Episode 12. Firstly, not only do we know that Michelle Gomez’s Mistress will be in Extremis and Episode 7, but now also Episode 11 and Episode 12. This is the same season finale that includes multiple versions of the Cybermen – at least Cyberiad, Cybus Industries and Mondasian Cybermen from The Tenth Planet, in-which William Hartnell’s First Doctor helped destroy Earth’s twin planet, Mondas.

A leaked season trailer from ABC (via Google Drive) shows Peter Capaldi’s Twelfth Doctor standing by a great prison door decorated with Gallifreyan text:

We also see Nardole holding the Fourth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver:

Clearly, a lot of Classic Doctor Who references are going on. But there’s something else. Because all of these things are connected. On 20th February, @GirlyLetters posted a video on Twitter of BBC Worldwide’s Showcase, specifically of costumes linked on the theme of Series 10:

As you can see, many of these can be seen in Series 10’s trailers. There is also a Sycorax helmet from The Christmas Invasion, the species matcher from Vincent and the Doctor and a broken Cyber-helmet from The Invasion. But we can also see a Time Lord ceremonial dress, a fez and the costume worn by Hartnell’s First Doctor in The Tenth Planet.

It is not a coincidence that these items can be found in a Series 10 costume display. The leading rumour at this time is that Doctor Who history is folding in on itself due to the actions of the Mistress, who intends to prevent Mondas from being destroyed and has kidnapped the First Doctor in order to steal the Doctor’s original cycle of twelve regenerations – which would thus prevent the Twelfth Doctor from coming into existence. The First Doctor is being kept by the Mistress behind the large doors, and will be revealed at the end of Episode 12 – this will lead into the Christmas Special, the third part of Moffat’s epic three-part bow. The First Doctor will be played by David Bradley, who played Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time. Due to the presence of Mondas, Bill will be revealed as a Mondasian, with what we’ll be led to believe is contemporary Earth in fact being Earth’s twin planet, Mondas. Whether this means Bill will be upgraded to a Mondasian Cyberman is unknown, but Bill does need to be disposed of by the time Series 11 begins.

Whether or not this is connected to Anneke Wills’ recent set visit remains to be seen, but personally, I’d say no. Lots of old cast members have visited the set in recent years. Plus, Michael Craze’s absence would need to be explained.

In Doctor Who Magazine 210…

Dramatic FX #1: The Invisible Enemy by Bob Baker and Dave Martin

Comic strip: Doorway to Hell Part Three by Mark Wright

Time Team: Day of the Moon by Steven Moffat


  • The Diary of River Song Volume 2 (audio drama)
    • The Unknown by Guy Adams
    • Five Twenty-Nine by John Dorney
    • World Enough and Time by James Goss
    • The Eye of the Storm by Matt Fitton
  • The Star Men by Andrew Smith (audio drama)
  • The Beast of Kravenos by Justin Richards (audio drama)
  • Doctor Who and the Horror of Fang Rock by Terrance Dicks (audio book)
  • Tales From the TARDIS Volume Two (audio book)
    • Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks by Terrance Dicks
    • Warriors of the Deep by Terrance Dicks
    • Vengeance on Varos by Philip Martin
    • The Novel of the Film by Gary Russell
    • Bounty by Peter Anghelides
    • Dead Time by Andrew Miller
    • The People’s Temple by Paul Leonard

Competition prizes:

  • The Silent Scream by James Goss (audio drama)
  • Four to Doomsday by Terrance Dicks (audio book)

Coming soon:

  • Jago & Litefoot: Series Thirteen (audio drama)
    • The Stuff of Nightmares by Paul Morris
    • Chapel of Night by Jonathan Barnes
    • How the Other Half Lives by Matthew Sweet
    • Too Much Reality by Justin Richards
  • The Jago & Litefoot Revival (audio book):
    • The Jago & Litefoot Revival: Act One by Jonathan Barnes
    • The Jago & Litefoot Revival: Act Two by Jonathan Barnes
  • The Helm of Awe by Marc Platt (audio drama)
  • Dethras by Adrian Poynton (audio drama)
  • Alien Heart/Dark Soul (audio drama)
    • Alien Heart by Stephen Cole
    • Dark Soul by Guy Adams
  • The Mind of Evil by Terrance Dicks (audio book)
  • Torchwood: The Dollhouse by Juno Dawson (audio drama)