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10 Series 10 clues hidden in the new picture

With just over a month (33 days to be precise!) before the new series of Doctor Who materialises on our screens, after what feels like a lifetime longer than The Doctors. We take a look at the hidden clues in the new promo picture. Did you spot them?

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A stunning new image for Doctor Who’s long-awaited tenth series was revealed today, giving us a sneak peek of the adventures that The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) will venture on.

But there are some clues hidden in the image. These clues may give us an idea of what the series will consist of, plot details, or could just be there purely by coincidence… unlikely. The clues are reflective of parts of the series, giving a taster of what is to come. This really is the tenth series summed up in a picture.

1. The Red Planet

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No, it’s not an episode title (as far as we know so far), but it does sound pretty good, and could be the title of the series’ ninth episode. Going from left to right, this is one of the most striking features of the image. The planet is large, and well, red. And the largest of the two planets to appear in the background. But which planet could this be?

Whilst there’s more planets than there have been Dalek stories in the Doctor Who universe, there are two that seem more likely, and we’ve visited them before.

The most obvious to most, is that the planet is not that far away from us. This is the Milky Way’s red planet, Mars. It seems highly likely that this is the planet, which is home to the iconic and returning villains, The Ice Warriors, who have been confirmed to be back in a new and improved form in the series’ ninth episode, written by veteran Who writer, Mark Gatiss. In the recent promo, there was a prominent face that resembled The Ice Warriors, but in a slightly different form, so could we see some sort of Ice Warrior Kingdom, run by Ice Warrior Kings and Queens, only about 14/15 weeks will tell.

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Another theory, which was the first to hit me, was this this planet could be Gallifrey. Okay, so Gallifrey is orange and looks a tad different from that, but so does Mars! It’s not too far-fetched as the planet did return to the show last series. So will The Doctor return to Gallifrey once more? Maybe he’ll be punished via regeneration for his crimes in Hell Bent, much like Patrick Troughton’s Doctor.

2. Earth

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The second and smaller planet seen in the image seems to be Earth. Afterall, most adventures are Earth-bound, and the companions are usually from Earth, and this is no different with Bill Potts. However, the fact that Earth remains in the distance could possibly suggest that there are not as many Earth-based adventures as there have been the previous 12 years, and The Doctor may finally move on from his favourite planet. This ties in with previous comments made by Peter Capaldi that this new series will feature the “most cosmic of challenges”.

Another possibility is that this is not Earth at all. But it’s twin. Mondas, anyone? After the recent announcement that the original, classic and Mondasian Cybermen will be returning after over 50 years, could this sphere in fact be the home of Capaldi’s favourite foe?

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3. Water

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The water beneath the Tardis that poor Bill (we’ll see whether we like her or not after her first episode) is leaping away from. This exact moment is all the more poignant, Bill leaping away from the water and rescued by The Doctor, safely (debatable) into The Tardis. This is because the rumoured monster of the first episode, and Bill’s first enemy, is Puddles. And if the filming pictures are anything to go by, then this is probably true.

The water could also represent the River Thames, which is a major part of the third episode.

4. Ice

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Floating on the water, is ice. Presumably, there was more ice, which Bill was standing on, before it melted into water, reflecting how Bill’s life is falling apart and her new life with The Doctor is all she can rely on. Bit deep.

The obvious conclusion to jump to is that ice is a cool nod to the Ice Warriors, but could also be hinting to a different episode in the series – Thin Ice, written by Sarah Dollard, who previously penned Clara Oswald’s first (or second, or third, or- you get the point, she died a lot) exit, 2015’s Face The Raven (which SPOILER ALERT, she did). This episode looks set to be set in Victorian London, which is rumoured to be about a giant serpent which is living underneath the Thames… which is frozen.

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So could this be a reference to the episode in which The Doctor and Bill visit the Little Ice Age, or is it a reference to our scaly villains, or something else entirely.

Also, we noticed that there is a lot of water-based themes this series. Puddles, frozen Rivers, Ice Warriors. We know that Steven Moffat loves Rivers and Ponds, but maybe there’s something much bigger at play. Possibly, the arch-villain of the series will be a water-based lifeform, or could it be hinting at The Twelfth Doctor’s demise?

5. The Burning City

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Going up in flames, behind our heroes, is a city in the background. The city doesn’t look like any city we’ve seen before, certainly not on Earth, and doesn’t appear to be Gallifrey or Skaro. However, the city is most likely from Frank Cottrell-Boyce’s second episode, Smile. The location of the episode was filmed in Valencia, Spain, which doubled for a futuristic city, looking much like this one.

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This flaming display also has similarities to Pompeii. Capaldi’s first appearance in Doctor Who was nine years ago, in The Fires Of Pompeii, and there have been filming pictures of monsters that look very Pyrovile-like. So is it the killer Robot Emoji’s that have done this, or is there something much greater behind this arson.

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6. Sky

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Just underneath the Tardis is a sky from, presumable, this alien world. The sky looks similar to Dawn and Dusk. Dawn symbolises the start of a new series, and the start of new companion Bill’s adventures aboard the greatest time ship in the universe. However, the dusk symbolises the end of Peter Capaldi’s tenure as The Twelfth Doctor, with Series 10 confirmed to be his final series as the Time Lord.

7. The Doctor

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It’s Peter Capaldi’s last outing as The Doctor, and although he may have 13 episodes to see through until he regenerates, this image doesn’t hide away from the fact that it is his swansong. The Doctor clearly looks worried in this image, as he holds onto Bill’s arm, pulling her from the Ice, holding her mid-air, and retrieving her back to his home. Maybe this is how Twelve will die, saving Bill from trouble.

8. Bill Potts

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Pearl Mackie officially hits our screens as Bill in just one month, and we finally get to meet Ms. Potts properly this time. Oh how Steven Moffat likes to tease us with companions, never getting to properly meet them until months later. The arrival of Bill means a fresh start for the show, making Bill this year’s audience surrogate, something which has not been seen since 2013. In the image, Bill is taking the leap away from what is underneath her, which is nothing solid. Escaping into the Doctor’s trusted care. She is leaping into dangerous territory though, as we all know life with The Doctor doesn’t always end well. Could this image be hinting that Bill’s life will never be the same again, and this leap into the unknown could be fatal. It’s certainly hinted that way, as the recent promo trailer ended with Bill stating that she “wouldn’t miss it for the world. Even if it kills me.” Now, if you’re asking us, that sounds like a death wish. Moffat does like to kill off his companions (River Song, Amy Pond, Rory Williams (six times), Clara Oswald (Oswin Oswald, Clara Oswin Oswald, and various others)), but could he actually go the whole hog and do it properly this time, where there’s no coming back and with no happy ending? With both showrunner and frontman leaving the show after this series, maybe new Executive Producer and Head Writer, Chris Chibnall, will want a clean slate, so the future’s looking pretty bleak for Bill.

9. Nardole

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Comic legend, Matt Lucas, returns in his role as loveable alien, Nardole. First seen in The Husbands Of River Song in 2015 and later in last year’s The Return of Doctor Mysterio, he is now a permanent fixture this year. After appearing in the previous two Christmas episode, Nardole is now a full-time companion, joining The Doctor and Bill on their new adventures in time and space. The image shows Nardole looking scared and anxious, clinging onto The Doctor for dear life. As funny as Nardole may be, he looks set to get himself into a lot of trouble, and potentially the other Tardis crew too. Nardole has qualities of a cowardice character, which could be fatal for himself or The Doctor. The character is quite similar to Lucas’ other half of his double act, David Walliams’ character, Gibbis in the 2011 episode, The God Complex. Could David Walliams be making a surprise appearance? It’d be a missed and wasted opportunity not to. Walliams could play a different character or the same, afterall the writer of his episode, Toby Whithouse, is returning this year, and brought back a character of the same species, Tivolian,  in Series 9. Though this seems highly unlikely, never give up hope.

10. The Tardis

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That iconic Blue Box. It takes centre-stage in the image, and is very prominent. This is the mode of transport that will take our three heroes to the widest reaches of the universe. But there are a few things we noticed.

Firstly, there is a flame on the floor, by the doors, in front of The Doctor and Nardole. Does this mean that we will be saying goodbye to the current console? This is the third console room of the revived era, and when Steven Moffat took over the show, he brought in a brand new Tardis set (twice). Could this mean that Capaldi’s regeneration will blow up and destroy the Tardis, much similar to Tennant’s? Or will something else destroy our favourite time-travelling ship.

Another thing we noticed, is that the console is glowing and beaming, golden and orange. The current console theme is orange, but it has more of a golden touch to it, much like the colour of regeneration energy. This could be a reference to this series being Capaldi’s last. But could it possibly be hinting at an early regeneration? Only time will tell.

The image does tell us a lot about the new series, however some of these clues may be just a coincidence or completely far off the mark. But if the trailers are anything to go by, it looks quite exciting, although trailers usually do make things look pretty good. The series itself looks very colourful (and we’re not talking about Bill’s t-shirt). The new series is very diverse, however. The main cast consists of the oldest actor to play The Doctor, the second black female to play a companion, and a gay actor playing an alien companion. This makes Series 10 one of the most modern series yet, bringing the show well into the 21st Century. But will the series be any good? Let’s hope so.

The new series of Doctor Who kicks off Easter Saturday on BBC One.

Series 10 Promo Image

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A new image for Doctor Who series 10 has been released, ahead of a 60-second trailer for the series premiering on BBC One tonight (Monday 13 March 2017) during half-time of the FA Cup quarter final match between Chelsea and Manchester United.

Fans may also remember that Pearl Mackie was unveiled as the new companion during half time of last year’s FA cup semi-final between Everton and Manchester United. Clearly, someone at the Beeb is a Whovian and footie lover.

It is not clear whether the trailer is completely new, or the one that ‘leaked’ last week. In other news, a lot of the titles of the episodes have changed, with Episode’s one (A Star In Her Eye) and four (The Haunted Hub), being canned.

The image features Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, with Pearl Mackie as his new companion Bill Potts and Matt Lucas as Nardole.

There are also lots of clues hidden in the image, which we have already spotted.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday 15 April with episode one, The Pilot.

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Best of Moffat

It’s been over 10 years since Steven Moffat’s first episode aired. In the past 10 years, he came from being one of the favourite writer’s, to showrunner. But which is your favourite? Is it his debut, The Empty Child? Is it one of the scariest Doctor Who episodes EVER, Blink? Is it his first debut as showrunner, and Matt Smith’s first outing as The Eleventh Doctor, The Eleventh Hour? Or is it his latest Christmas special, Last Christmas?

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Doctor Who - 50th Anniversary Special

Saturday 23rd November 1963 was the day that Doctor Who first came to our screens. Planned for 5:15pm, the episode of An Unearthly Child came out exactly eighty-seconds late, due to the assassination of American President John F Kennedy. But this tragic event did not in anyway damage the effect that Doctor Who would leave on every single soul who watched.

50 years later, we are all still watching the show we love. The show about an alien who travels in time and space in his ‘bigger on the inside’ spaceship, with his faithful companions. No matter how many times he changes his face, we are still gripped to the show and stare in awe at the brilliance and excellence that every actor to have taken the role under their wing, gives us.

It is a show that changed non-stop, with new episodes, new monsters, new Tardis’, new companions and new Doctors. But it is never the end of any of these. Especially as Doctor Who is 50!

After millions of rumours from various sources, the BBC have confirmed that previous Doctor, David Tennant and his Doctor’s companion Rose Tyler, played by Billie Piper, will return for the celebration, alongside current Doctor and companion The Eleventh Docotor (Matt Smith) and Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman).

The special is confirmed to have been written by head writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat and will feature a stellar-cast.

John Hurt will co-star as ‘The Forgotten Doctor’, with Jemma Redgrave returning to the role of the Brigadiers daughter, Kate Stewart. Also confirmed to guest star in the blockbuster special is actress Joanna Page as Queen Elizabeth I, Ingrid Oliver, Ken Bones and Orlando James.

Directed by Nick Hurran (DW: The Girl Who Waited, The God Complex, Asylum Of The Daleks and The Angels Take Manhattan), filming has took place in many locations, including Neath, Wales on 2 April 2013, Trafalgar Square, London on 9 April 2013, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Wales and in Chepstow Castle on 17 April 2013 and Cardiff, which also includes scenes at Totter’s Lane and Coal Hill School, which featured in the very first episode in 1963 and in the 1988 serial, Remembrance Of The Daleks. Filming for the special was completed on Sunday 5th May 2013.

Not much is known about the anniversary special, except that it is also in 3D and that is to air on the show’s actual 50th birthday, Saturday 23rd November 2013.

Speculation on how long the special will air is still up in the air, with rumours suggesting it is 60 minutes and the shows head writer claiming it is to be longer.

Whatever happens, we won’t be disappointed for sure.

The Fall Of The Eleventh

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The BBC announced yesterday, Saturday 1st June 2013, that Matt Smith is leaving Doctor Who!

After nearly four years, Matt’s beloved Time Lord will regenerate and gain a new face and personality, as another actor will be cast in the role.

Viewers first met The Eleventh Doctor on New Years Day 2010, where his predecessor, played by David Tennant, regenerated into Matt’s loveable Doctor. From clinging onto the Tardis and flying over London to landing in little Amelia’s garden. From battling Daleks and Cybermen to bidding a farewell to the Ponds at the hands of his arch-enemies, the Weeping Angels. Solving the mystery of Clara Oswald, his love and marriage with River Song and his hope to keep his greatest secret, a secret. The days of number eleven are nearly over…. but just not yet!

Matt Smith will depart in this year’s Christmas Special in an epic finale to his Time Lord. But we have no clue to how this will all pan out.

Matt says of leaving the show: “Doctor Who has been the most brilliant experience for me as an actor and a bloke, and that largely is down to the cast, crew and fans of the show. I’m incredibly grateful to all the cast and crew who work tirelessly every day, to realise all the elements of the show and deliver Doctor Who to the audience. Many of them have become good friends and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved over the last four years.

“Having Steven Moffat as show runner write such varied, funny, mind bending and brilliant scripts has been one of the greatest and most rewarding challenges of my career. It’s been a privilege and a treat to work with Steven, he’s a good friend and will continue to shape a brilliant world for the Doctor.

“The fans of Doctor Who around the world are unlike any other; they dress up, shout louder, know more about the history of the show (and speculate more about the future of the show) in a way that I’ve never seen before, your dedication is truly remarkable. Thank you so very much for supporting my incarnation of the Time Lord, number Eleven, who I might add is not done yet, I’m back for the 50th anniversary and the Christmas special!

“It’s been an honour to play this part, to follow the legacy of brilliant actors, and helm the TARDIS for a spell with ‘the ginger, the nose and the impossible one’. But when ya gotta go, ya gotta go and Trenzalore calls. Thank you guys. Matt.”

Steven Moffat, head writer and executive-producer of Doctor Who says: “Every day, on every episode, in every set of rushes, Matt Smith surprised me: the way he’d turn a line, or spin on his heels, or make something funny, or out of nowhere make me cry, I just never knew what was coming next. The Doctor can be clown and hero, often at the same time, and Matt rose to both challenges magnificently. And even better than that, given the pressures of this extraordinary show, he is one of the nicest and hardest-working people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Whatever we threw at him — sometimes literally — his behaviour was always worthy of the Doctor.

“But great actors always know when it’s time for the curtain call, so this Christmas prepare for your hearts to break, as we say goodbye to number Eleven. Thank you Matt — bow ties were never cooler.

“Of course, this isn’t the end of the story, because now the search begins. Somewhere out there right now — all unknowing, just going about their business — is someone who’s about to become the Doctor. A life is going to change, and Doctor Who will be born all over again! After 50 years, that’s still so exciting!”

Matt Smith and The Eleventh Doctor will be sadly missed. But Matt’s legacy will always live on. The Doctor who has travelled with three companions, fell in love, battled aliens across the universe and had an odd range of clothing wear. It looks as though it’s time to say goodbye to the “Geronimo”‘s, the jokes, the tweeds, the Stetsons, the fez’s and of course, the bow ties.

But as the end if Nye, the times and space of The Eleventh Doctor are not yet over. As he is to defeat the terrifying Zygons with his current companion Clara, not to mention his past incarnation and companion, The Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose Tyler (Billie Piper). And when the day of Christmas comes, the tissues will be at the ready and the tears are most definitely going to be released. As we will say goodbye to Matt Smith.

Good luck in the Future, Matt!

R.I.P. The Eleventh Doctor

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The Controller of BBC ONE, Danny Cohen has confirmed that there will not be a full series of Doctor Who in 2012. Apparently series 7 will be split across 2012 and 2013, in time for the 50th Anniversary. If so, then Doctor Who series 7 will conclude on Saturday 23rd November 2013.

Luckily, Matt Smith will definetely be returning for series 7, during these 14 episodes. The BBC Insider said that Matt Smith would stay until the 50th Anniversary, which seems quite likely to me, which would mean the 50th will end in excitement. It is not confirmed that Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill will reprise their roles as the newly young weds Amy Pond and Rory Williams. It seems likely that they won’t return next year, since rumours have been spreading about them having a major fallout and being killed off. But they might return for the 50th Anniversary.