Start getting ready for Doctor Who’s return with these three behind-the-scenes videos introducing us to Season 10.
Season 10 of Doctor Who begins today, April 15. This is extremely exciting news, as it’s been over a year since the last season aired. But the dawn of a new season also marks the end of an era. Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi will depart the show following the 2017 Christmas special. So as much as we’re all stoked to see new adventures, the series’ return is still a bit bittersweet. In short: It’s kind of a weird time to be a Whovian. So it’s okay if your emotions are everywhere.
But, look on the bright side. Despite Capaldi’s impending exit, we still have thirteen episodes to spend with Twelve, and a lot of adventures to share. We get to meet a new companion in Pearl Mackie’s Bill. There are a bunch of scary new monsters. So there’s still a bunch of stuff to enjoy, even if internally we’re all counting down to Capaldi’s last episode.
The Season 10 premiere is called “The Pilot” and the official synopsis for the episode is pretty vague. Obviously, we know that the main thrust of the episode is to introduce the Doctor — and us, as viewers — to Bill. And also to have a little fun along the way.
Watch Capaldi and Mackie give us a quick introduction to the season’s first episode. (Don’t worry, this clip is equally vague.)
We don’t know much about Bill, or what her adventures with the Doctor will be like.
According to Capaldi and Mackie, the Doctor and Bill’s relationship will start off as more of a “teacher-student” sort of thing. But it won’t stay that simple for long.
In another new video, the actors plus series showrunner Steven Moffat weigh in on what to expect from Doctor Who’s newest duo:
In addition to Mackie’s new companion, fan favorite Matt Lucas is also back as Nardole. His character first appeared in the Christmas special “The Husbands of River Song” in 2015. And it looks like he’ll be back as an official companion for at least some large portion of Season 10.
Lucas is very charming, and seems to have a lovely sort of friendship chemistry with Mackie, as evidenced by this behind the scenes TARIDS tour:
(Does anyone else find it kind of weird that the background music for the post-video reminder to subscribe to the official YouTube channel seems to feature the Cloister Bell? Just me? )
Doctor Who Season 10 begins April 15 on BBC One and BBC America.