You don't need to traverse the endless reaches of the internet to find out about the latest goings on in Doctor Who! Movie Pilot is ready to keep you up-to-date in this ultimate guide, which will be updated regularly with the latest developments.
What Is 'Doctor Who' About?
First broadcast in 1963, Doctor Who is officially the longest-running science fiction TV programme ever! The show follows the exploits of an extraterrestrial & ever-eccentric adventurer called "The Doctor", who comes from the planet Gallifrey. As a Time Lord, the Doctor is able to regenerate his body when he is mortally wounded — but as he does so, he gains a new appearance and personality!
Exploring the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS (which takes the form of a British police box), the Doctor combats deadly foes and injustice wherever he goes, with a host of (usually) human companions at his side.
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Doctor Who Air-Dates: When Is It On Next?
An all-new series of Doctor Who began on the 15th April 2017, and will consist of twelve episodes in total. There is also a Christmas Special, which is scheduled for the usual broadcast on 25th December!
Who Indeed! Doctor Who: Current Cast and Characters
— Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor: One of the toughest and most irascible incarnations of the Doctor yet, Series 10 will see him in a far more suspicious mood after the circumstances of Clara's (Jenna Coleman) departure. Sadly, it will also be Capaldi's last series in the role.
— Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts: In 2016 Pearl Mackie was revealed as the new companion Bill, following Jenna Coleman's departure in the last full series. Little is known about Mackie's Bill, although it has been disclosed that she is a sci-fi aficionado and that she will be the first openly gay main companion in the series.
— Matt Lucas as Nardole: After previously appearing in the 2015 Christmas special 'The Husbands of River Song', Matt Lucas's Mendoran-Cyborg will feature as a regular guest-star in the new series. Interestingly, the BBC haven't disclosed how many episodes he will be in...
What Do We Know About The Series So Far?
As ever, details about the Doctor's upcoming adventures are a closely guarded secret — though that hasn't stopped some juicy tidbits slipping through the cracks in time!
British thespian David Suchet will turn up in Series 10, and all we know so far is that he's called the Landlord...mysterious much? Plus, Capaldi's Doctor will come face-to-face with several past incarnations of several old foes...and not just the Mondassian Cybermen!
The Next Doctor - Who Is In The Running?
When Peter Capaldi announced that he was leaving Doctor Who, Whovians and the internet at large revived one of their favorite lines of speculation: who could play the Doctor next?
As a character the Doctor is beloved, yet he's a particularly problematic, and paradoxical part to cast. World-weary yet youthful, otherworldly yet relatable, the character has attracted a very versatile and popular crop of thespians in the past, which only increases the pressure. Doctor Who is one of the BBC's flagship shows, so its a very big ball to drop if the wrong casting choice is made.
A lot of speculation is currently suggesting that Kris Marshall of Love Actually fame is the primary favourite:
Moreover, the fact that Time Lords can change sex and race when they regenerate means that there are even more options to consider for future Doctors than just white, male actors. Certainly, Michelle Gomez demonstrated this when she became the first female incarnation of the Master: Missy. It's therefore becoming increasingly possible that the next Doctor will be female and/or a person of color.
However, the BBC has not yet made any official announcements yet regarding their replacement for Peter Capaldi, so this person remains as unknowable as the Time Lord himself. Keep checking back here for the latest rumors and announcements!
Where Can I Watch Doctor Who Online?
If you've missed the most recent episode and are currently in British territories, you'll be able to catch up with the BBC's iPlayer. However, if you live outside those few lucky territories and you want to revisit adventures of Doctors past, Amazon Prime has a back catalog of the previous seasons for your viewing pleasure.