2017 Christmas special episode: Twice upon a time

David Bradley returned one more time as the first Doctor, Bill Pots returned for (at least) one episode, so did Mark Gatiss (in another role then the ones you probably have notices him: Lazarus, Danny Boy or Gantok – as Rondo Haxton), Clara Oswald (Jenna Coleman) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) appear for only a few moments. All of them accompanied the twelve Doctor (Peter Capaldi) in his last adventure before regeneration. And the last episode with Steven Moffat in charge – from next year the show will have another executive producer.

An adventure that wasn’t the normal Doctor Who adventures. It was more the last chapter of an era: the next Doctor is, for the first time in more than half of century, a woman. A reason for protest and comments thrown on internet this summer.

From one perspective, the Doctor must face his fear of death (change), from other pespective he must find reasons to continue. And, together, they must solve a mystery: who brought to them the soldier from first world war and why? With Bill Pots’ memories that have been brought to life.

What reasons do you have to watch the show further, in the new era that’s starting? The next series will be broadcasted probabil in Autumn 2018, with a first episode of 60 minutes and other episodes of 50 minutes.

Episode directed by Rachel Talalay, based on a story by Steven Moffat.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), David Bradley (The Doctor), Mark Gatiss (The Captain), Pearl Mackie (Bill Potts), Lily Travers (Polly), Jared Garfield (Ben), Toby Whithouse (WW1 Soldier), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Nikki Amuka-Bird (The Glass Woman – voice).

Oh, there it is. Silly old universe. The more I save it the more it needs saving. It’s a treadmill.

Tardis noise

Yes, yes I know they’ll get it all wrong without me.

Tardis noise

Well, I suppose….one more lifetime won’t kill anyone. Well, except me.

Stirring music/Tardis noises

You wait a moment, Doctor. Let’s get it right. I’ve got a few things to say to you. Basic stuff first.

Never be cruel, never be cowardly. And never ever eat pears! Remember – hate is always foolish…and love, is always wise.

Always try, to be nice and never fail to be kind. Oh, and….and you mustn’t tell anyone your name. No-one would understand it anyway. Except….

He gasps, falls to the floor

Except….children. Children can hear it. Sometimes – if their hearts are in the right place, and the stars are too. Children can hear your name.

Gasps, grunts more

But nobody else. Nobody else. Ever.

Pulls himself off the floor

Laugh hard. Run fast. Be kind.

Stirring music.

Doctor – I let you go.

The regeneration starts

Peter Capaldi’s last speech as the Doctor. discurs al lui Peter Capaldi ca Doctor. Have you figured all the references to other episodes? Find out all of them here.

Another TARDIS?

The TARDIS is taken but the Doctor has a plan. Just an exciting sneak peek of the Twelfth Doctor’s final adventure, ‘Twice Upon A Time’, which premieres 2017 Christmas night at 9/8c on BBC America!

Steven Moffat introduces this special episode: we’ll get not one, not two, but three Doctors this Christmas!

Peter Capaldi’s right time to leave

Peter Capaldi reflects on leaving Doctor Who as his final moment approaches, alongside Mark Gatiss and Toby Whithouse. There are just few days left until the magical final chapter of the Twelfth Doctor’s journey, and we will all sees the Time Lord teaming up with his former self, the first ever Doctor (David Bradley) and a returning Bill Potts (Pearl Mackie), for one last adventure.

Two Doctors stranded in an Arctic snowscape, refusing to face regeneration. Enchanted glass people, stealing their victims from frozen time. And a World War One captain destined to die on the battlefield, but taken from the trenches to play his part in the Doctor’s story. An uplifting new tale about the power of hope in humanity’s darkest hours, Twice Upon A Time marks the end of an era. But as the Doctor must face his past to decide his future, his journey is only just beginning.

Mark Gatiss talks about the emotions on set during filming and about working with Peter Capaldi for his last episode. He told BUILD about the final outing for Peter and filming the 2017 Christmas special episode.

A closer look to The Doctor falls

The last episode of series 10, one of the latest episode of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor. Let’s find out more about that and get a closer look at the season 10 finale, the insides of a Cyberman, and the Master’s future. With Steven Moffat and the cast.

#AskDW with Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie and Steven Moffat

BBC America asked the cast & crew of Doctor Who fan’s questions and here’s what Peter Capaldi had to say about his costume and the Doctor. Find out about Venusian Akido and Holey Jumpers.

Find out what Pearl Mackie had to say about all things Bill Potts.

What do you think Steven Moffat best contribution was during the last years? Find out what he thinks about his legacy.

Steven’s best moments as showrunner.

Q&A panel with Pearl Mackie & Steven Moffat before series 10 finale

Watch the full Q&A with Pearl Mackie and Steven Moffat from Saturday night, talking about World Enough and Time, with performances from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Presented by Jason Mohammed and Christel Dee. This was originally live streamed on the BBC One Facebook page on Saturday 24th June 2017, and now it contains (or it should contain) no spoilers.

Filming The Lie of the Land

What did you think there are gas heaters inside ”the vault” in the eight episode of series 10? Peter Capaldi reveals the mystery behind the appearance of a certain prop in the Vault. The key word is cold.

On the other han, Stewart White (Alan) shows us how to pull off the perfect slow-motion dive for the same episode.

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 12 – The Doctor falls

About 20 years ago, in another science fiction series, Dellen was tested just to convince Kosh that she was the right person in the right place in the war that was following. The inquisitor wanted to know if the Minbari ambassador was ready to fight and die, even alone and without anyone knowing about that. Delenn passed that test with Sheridan’s help, and later they would become one of the most interesting couples in Babylon 5.

The last episode of season 10 reminded me about the episode from 2 decades ago: the Doctor also passed the test, and, further more, he also needed his friends to survive a war he mostly won.

The children he protected from the Cybermen were saved, with Nardole’s help – he stayed there to took care of them. Bill Pots became the Cybermen, with the personality mostly intact, and she stood next to the Doctor until the end. She had an unexpected help to save herself and the Time Lord, and after that she continued her trip through the Universe, as Clara Oswald and Ashildr did in the last series finale. I don’t think we’ll see them (too soon) in Doctor Who.

Master-Missy’s suicide was one of the strangest moment in the series (at least the new ones), and not such unexpected. Missy won’t return, but we could meet again the Master: he was considered gone / dead / without return before but he found his way back to stand with / against the Doctor.

The Time Lord wins the battle, but not without self sacrifice, and the regeneration started in spite his opposition. The Doctor falls only to meet the first Doctor, the original one: David Bradley, the one who played William Hartnell in the anniversary episode An adventure in space and time.

Some would say that episode directed by Rachel Talalay based on a story written by Steven Moffat is an emotional episode, others would say it’s the best episode for Peter Capaldi and Steven Moffat’s departure (they will leave the show after series 10 / Christmas special episode). And they would not be (very) wrong.

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), John Simm (The Master), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Rosie Boore (Gazron), David Bradley (The Doctor), Nicholas Briggs (Cybermen – voice), Simon Coombs (Rexhill), Stephanie Hyam (Heather), Briana Shann (Alit), Samantha Spiro (Hazran).

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 10 – The eaters of light

Peter Capaldi returns home, and the Romans soldiers return in a brand new Doctor Who episode, no matter that the Doctor and his companions arrive to Scotland after the ninth legion was massacred. The disappearance of the trained 5,000 soldiers from Roman surviving archives is still debated, but there are possible explanations and books about that period.

Bill Pots (Pearl Mackie) had read some time ago a book about that period (probably The eagle of the ninth written in 1954 by the writer Rosemary Sutcliff), so she has a theory about what happened there, and the Doctor owner of a time machine try to show her she was wrong.

The trio (The Doctor, Bill and Nardole) got to highlands of Scotland and they started walking in different directions: Bill was searching the Romans, the Doctor and Nardole found the Picts (the well-armed natives, ancestors of scots). The disappearance of ninth legion could not have an entirely human explanation (a fight between invaders and natives and the massacre of the Romans by the Picts), so the new Doctor Who monster appears and kills again. And the few Roman survivors, young enough to consider them almost children, have to unite their forces with the native survivors of the same age to trap the creature and make it leave.

The help from the time travelers is welcomed, but, eventually, it’s not their fight to finish.

The fans of Outlander, the series of books and the show based on them will be glad watching this Doctor Who episode and the common elements of the two stories. It’s one of the Peter Capaldi’s last adventures as the Doctor Who: there are only 2 episodes until the end of series 10, a story in 2 parts, and after that Peter will leave the show. We may wait until the Christmas special episode for the conclusion, but the result is already known.

Directed by Charlie Palmer, written by Rona Munro. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Rebecca Benson (Kar), Daniel Kerr (Ban), Brian Vernel (Lucius), Rohan Nedd (Simon), Ben Hunter (Thracius), Sam Adewunmi (Vitus), Billy Matthews (Cornelius), Aaron Phagura (Marc), Jocelyn Brassington (Judy), Lewis McGowan (Brother).

Next episode, the eleventh of series 10, and the first part of the finale is World Enough and Time: friendship drives the Doctor into the rashest decision of his life. Trapped on a giant spaceship, caught in the event horizon of a black hole, he witnesses the death of someone he is pledged to protect. Is there any way he can redeem his mistake? Are events already out of control? For once, time is the Time Lord’s enemy…

A closer look at Empress of Mars

Get a closer look at ninth episode of series 10 of Doctor Who, what it was like to travel to Mars, and the requirements surrounding the Ice Queen. With Steven Moffat.

Mark Gatiss, Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi celebrate the return of a very old friend: Alpha Centauri.

#AskDW with Mark Gatiss

BBC America asked the cast & crew of Doctor Who fans’ questions and here’s what Mark Gatiss had to say about the Ice Warriors.

Questions and answers about the future of Doctor Who.

Doctor Who, series 10, episode 9 – Empress of Mars

If you love Jules Verne’s stories you will also love the ninth episode of series 10: a group of British soldier from Victorian time arrived to Mars. In the year 1881. And the Doctor gets into it after NASA’s rover discovers the message these soldier let behind under the ice cap on the pole, a century and some years later: God save the queen. The Doctor soon find out that an Ice Warrior took the British soldiers with him from Earth to help him reach the Ice Warrior queen’s sarcophagus (the Ice queen is a first in the show).

The soldier in red quicky become an invading force, a doomed one as long as the native’s technology is much more superior than the invading one. And the Doctor have to save both sides from certain death: the old war, from so many years ago, let Mars without atmosphere and Ice Warriors could hardly restore their civilisation on the surface.

Bill’s role was not important, almost decoratif. No trace of her personality was obvious, as a part of certain fact: she was only a woman between mail warriors (including the Doctor).

Directed by Wayne Yip, written by Mark Gatiss. Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Michelle Gomez (Missy), Richard Ashton (Friday), Ian Beattie (Jackdaw), Anthony Calf (Godsacre), Lesley Ewen (Coolidge), Bayo Gbadamosi (Vincey), Ian Hughes (Knibbs), Ferdinand Kingsley (Catchlove), Adele Lynch (Iraxxa), Glenn Speers (Sgt Maj Peach).

Next episode, the tenth of series 10, it’s “The Eaters of Light”: a long time ago, the ninth legion of the Roman army vanished into the mists of Scotland. Bill has a theory about what happened, and the Doctor has a time machine. But when they arrive in ancient Aberdeenshire, what they find is a far greater threat than any army. In a cairn, on a hillside, is a doorway leading to the end of the world…

Series 10: guide to the frost fair

Pearl Mackie offers you a guide to the frost fair in series 10, episode 3. You should take the trip around the amazing set.

Now you shoud go further behind the scenes and discover what went into creating the Doctor and Bill’s elaborate period costumes from ‘Thin Ice’.