“It is ‘Doctor Who’ at its most storybook simple,” says showrunner Steven Moffat about the upcoming 10th season of the sci-fi saga in a new featurette that BBC America released on Monday, April 10 (watch it above). Moffat discusses the new episodes along with actors Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie, who explain that the show is going back to basics.
“Series 10 sort of begins the show again,” Moffat continues. “The first episode is called quite mischievously ‘The Pilot.’ It introduces everything you need to know about ‘Doctor Who’ and tips you into the universe, takes our characters — the Doctor [played by Capaldi] and Nardole [Matt Lucas] whom we already know, and Bill [Mackie] whom we’re about to meet — and just throws them at the universe … Being a hero is about the time you need to be a hero … It’s ‘Doctor Who’ at its purest I would say.”
Capaldi agrees. He plays the Doctor, a centuries-old time-traveling adventurer, and he says, “[Season 10] really boils the show down to the basic elements, which are these fairly innocent but independent companions traveling with this mysterious creature from outer space who can travel through space and time and take them into the most amazing corners of the universe where they meet terrible monsters who try to kill them.”
And it will help having a brand new companion, Bill, join the team because according to Mackie, “Bill is so new to the world of ‘Doctor Who’ that you see everything through her eyes, so as she learns about it you can learn about it too.” But while Bill is just getting started, this is the end of the road for Moffat and Capaldi, who are both leaving the show at season’s end.
Are you excited for the new season? It premieres on Saturday, April 15, at 9:00pm Eastern/8:00pm Central. Watch the preview featurette above, and join the discussion about this and more with your fellow TV fans in our forums.
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