Doctor Who series 10: synopses for the first three episodes

Doctor Who series 10 episodes

Some new info about the first three episodes of Doctor Who series 10 has arrived online, ahead of the premiere airing this coming Saturday. (Permission to squee?)

The fine folk at have transcribed and shared some synopses and quotes, which were originally published in the new issue Doctor Who Magazine, and we’re going to pass them on to you now… 

Episode 1, The Pilot, has this synopsis… 

Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill. A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined – but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?

And features this quote…

The Doctor: Imagine if time all happened at once. Every moment of your life laid out around you, like a city. Streets full of buildings made of days. The day you were born; the day you die. The day you fall in love; the day love ends. A whole city built from heartbreak, and triumph, and boredom, and laughter, and cutting your toenails. The best place you’ll ever be. Time is a structure relative to ourselves, existing in the space made by our lives. Time and Relative Dimension in Space. It means life.

(Incidentally, our spoiler-free review of the episode is at this link.)

Episode 2, Smile, has this synopsis… 

The Doctor takes Bill to the colony world Gliese 581 D. It’s a bright, sunny world, tended to by the tiny bird-like Vardies and their user interface – the Emojibots. There’s just one thing missing: the colonists. As the Doctor and Bill investigate, they discover that to keep smiling is their only hope of staying alive…

And this quote…

Bill: Is it a bit nuts that I’m not scared, just very excited?

The Doctor: Emojis, selfies, wearable communications. We’re in the Utopia of vacuous teens.

Bill: What’s Utopia?

The Doctor: An imaginary perfect place

Bill: This isn’t imaginary

The Doctor: I bet it isn’t perfect either

Episode 3, Thin Ice, has this synopsis…

4 February 1814. London. The Doctor and Bill chill out at the last great frost fair on the frozen Thames, enjoying the carnival atmosphere and eating pies. But sinister lights are swarming beneath the ice, luring people to their doom in the black depths of the river – and as the Doctor gets on the case, a desperate band of local urchins could provide the clues he needs. Someone powerful and ruthless is plotting to attract as many people to the fair as possible… but why? And what lurks at the bottom of the Thames, waiting implacably for the first ominous cracks in the ice?

And this quote…

The Doctor: Conjecture. There’s something under the frozen Thames and it’s eating people.

Bill: Okay.

The Doctor: Proposal. We need a closer look at it.

Bill: Good, yeah.

The Doctor: Plan. Let’s get eaten.

And that’s your lot! More Who news as it happens.

Doctor Who series 10 spoilers

Last week, we ran a story about Steven Moffat advising fans, if they so wished, to keep their eyes closed during a particularly juicy spoiler being revealed in the ‘Next on…’ trailer following Doctor Who‘s series ten opener, The Pilot. Fair warning and all that.

Now, after a big national newspaper chose to publish the spoiler, and lots of other outlets picked up on the story, the BBC has released it as official news, so here goes. This is your last chance to look away.

Right then: John Simm is returning to series ten in the role of The Master.

Here’s what Simm had to say on the matter: “I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back. It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what The Master gets up to in the next series. “

Steven Moffat added, “Nothing stays secret for long on Doctor Who but you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see exactly what The Master is up to and how he makes his return to face the Doctor. It’s been a huge pleasure to have fan favourites John Simm and Michelle Gomez face to face in the same role! It’s not often you get to see a solo personality clash.”

Doctor Who series 10 release date

Doctor Who series 10 will premiere on BBC One, here in the UK, on Saturday the 15th of April 2017 at 7.20pm.

Over in the USA, Entertainment Weekly reports, the first episode of series 10 will arrive on BBC America on the very same day, and will be followed by the American premiere of the spinoff series Class.

More as we hear it.

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