Skip to main content
Menu
Jump to navigation
doctor who john hurt

Unless you've been living under a rock, or in some other dimension, you'll know that the new series of 'Doctor Who' starts on Saturday night.

It marks Peter Capaldi's first full-length episode as The Doctor, while Jenna Coleman returns as his assistant Clara.

We've been promised Capaldi's Doctor will be very different from Matt Smith's.

But what else can we expect from the new series? Read on, and you'll be armed and ready come Saturday night.

The new Doctor

doctor who duo

Obviously the headline news is Capaldi is the new Doctor. But how will he differ from his predecessors?

According to Coleman, viewers are in for a big change from the Matt Smith era.

"I always thought Matt [Smith] was so young-looking but had this older, wiser quality about him, whereas Peter is almost the opposite," Coleman told The Independent.

"Somehow he has this energy that is younger. Visually, obviously, it is very different."

Capaldi also takes a different approach to problem solving, according to showrunner Steven Moffat.

Instead of running around the console while trying to reach a conclusion, he adopts a calmer stance.

"He'd say, 'Actually, no, I'm just going to stand here'," Moffat told TV Line recently. "Instead of coming to the room, he'd let the room come to him."

These were Capaldi's own choices too.

"He was really bold and brave and made those changes," Moffat said. "That was Peter finding his own path."

No flirting

doctor who clara controls

Capaldi has ruled out any flirting between The Doctor and Clara.

Coleman confirmed this, saying the relationship between the two characters is much more turbulent.

"He brings out the control freak in Clara because she can't quite pin him down," she said.

"It's always an interesting dynamic with The Doctor, anyway; one moment he's your friend, and in another moment he's this weird alien, and in another moment he's being this annoying kind of toddler and you're the adult, and in the next moment he's playing the wise old grandfather."

In another interview, Coleman said Capaldi's Doctor would be "darker" than his predecessors.

New clothes

doctor who deep breath

Capaldi is also set to don some new threads for the series, Moffat confirmed.

"We've tended to see the white-shirt version in public but actually the one I like best is when he wears the jumper under his coat," Moffat told SFX.

"I think he looks like a submarine commander, like an old sailor or something. It makes him look all rugged and handsome!"

"Constantly amazed"

cover image deep breath

Capaldi described the role as a "privilege". "I'm constantly amazed that it's me," he told Digital Spy recently. "I wake up in the morning and I go, 'I'm Doctor Who – how did that happen?'

"It's a huge privilege and hugely exciting."

He added that being a lifelong fan of the show helped him get into the role.

"I remember when I first came on the Tardis, I had to be very patient, because there were always very nice prop guys telling me how to work the Tardis.

"I was, like, 'I know how to work it – I've known for a very long time how to work the Tardis!'"

The guest stars

chris addison doctor who

All eyes will be on Capaldi as the new Time Lord, but he'll share screen time with big names from the world of TV.

He'll team up with former 'The Thick of It' co-star Chris Addison in the series finale.

Addison told Radio Times that "Would you like to be in 'Doctor Who'?" was "the easiest question I've ever been asked.

"It's a 35-year dream come true – seven-year-old me would be going off his nut and I'm not far behind," he went on.

Michelle Gomez from 'Bad Education' will play the Gatekeeper of the Nethersphere.

Keeley Hawes from 'Line of Duty' will also guest star, playing a banker called Ms Delphox.

Sanjeev Bhaskar, Frank Skinner, Ben Miller, Tom Riley and Hermione Norris will also appear in the series.

Some old enemies

cybermen doctor who

There might be plenty of new faces joining the show, but we'll see the return of some familiar enemies too.

The Cybermen for one. They were first created for the 1966 serial 'The Tenth Planet', and have been recurring villains for 50 years.

One of the BBC's trailers also hints that the Daleks will make an appearance. A Dalek's voice is heard saying: "I can see into your soul, Doctor. I can see beauty, divinity, hatred."

Every episode name and credits

The BBC has also made public the name of every episode, along with writing and directing credits. You can see the full list below.

Episode 1: Deep Breath

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Ben Wheatley

Episode 2: Into The Dalek

Written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat

Directed by Ben Wheatley

Introducing Samuel Anderson as Danny Pink.

Episode 3: Robot Of Sherwood

Written by Mark Gatiss

Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 4: Listen

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 5: Time Heist

Written by Stephen Thompson and Steven Moffat

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 6: The Caretaker

Written by Gareth Roberts and Steven Moffat

Directed by Paul Murphy

Episode 7: Kill The Moon

Written by Peter Harness

Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 8: Mummy On The Orient Express

Written by Jamie Mathieson

Directed by Paul Wilmshurst

Episode 9: Flatline

Written by Jamie Mathieson

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Episode 10: In The Forest Of The Night

Written by Frank Cottrell Boyce

Directed by Sheree Folkson

Episode 11/12 Dark Water/Death In Heaven

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Rachel Talalay

The first episode sees The Doctor and Clara travel back to Victorian London.

It starts on Saturday at 7:50pm on BBC One, and lasts 80 minutes, so should finish at 9:10pm.

You can also pre-order the DVD now, though it won't be released until September 8th.

Join the conversation

comments powered by Disqus

Stay up to date

  • Google+ Follow uSwitchTech
  • Subscribe to our RSS feed

Latest comments

Search news