Everything you need to know about Doctor Who series 10

Let's go back to the beginning

Doctor Who boss Steven Moffat has revealed what we can expect from the 10th series.

The much anticipated run, which starts this weekend, will see lots of new characters emerge in what will be Moffat’s last as writer and executive producer.

Also taking a step down will be Peter Capaldi, who has played the infamous Time Lord since December 2013.

We already know that John Simm will be making a return as the Master, but what else can we expect ahead of such a big change in cast and crew?

Well, plenty of monsters, that’s for sure – but more than anything, it will go back to basics.

Moffat said:Series 10, sort of, begins the show again. 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.

“It takes our characters; The Doctor and Nardole (Matt Lucas) and Bill (Pearl Mackie) and throws them into the universe. They’re not equipped to deal with it, they’re not armed or wearing armour - they’re just flung into that universe and told to deal with it.

“Everything you need to know about Doctor Who is explained in that first episode - the cloaking device, the chameleon circuit, the bigger on the inside - all of that is there and you even get to see the Daleks.

“The idea was just to introduce Doctor Who properly - the story starts here. You need to know nothing before this point.”

Back to the monsters, they have been brought up to the 21st century.

He said: We’ve got the emojibots which are small, cute and communicate by emojis and turn you into skeletons so that’s brilliant.

“We’ve got a new enemy, which I won’t talk too much about. We call them The Monks though that’s not really their name. We’ve got a fabulous Scottish creature care of Rona Munro - The Eater of Light.

“The Ice Warriors are back with a new wrinkle and of course Missy is there - always with Peter Capaldi’s Doctor - he’s up against Missy, tested and teased and entranced by his oldest friend and wickedest enemy.”

Addressing his final series, Moffat said it was essential that he didn’t treat it as such, and that it "doesn’t matter" to the series that he is leaving.

He said: “The fact that this was my last series had to be removed from the mix. The fact that this is Peter’s last series matters to the show - the fact that it’s mine doesn’t matter.

“I didn’t approach it all with regards to what I wanted to do with Doctor Who. More than anything what I wanted to do was begin again and if I had any sentimentality about leaving then it would be that – leave like it’s all just beginning.

“I wanted to move forward. Doctor Who is never more Doctor Who then when it exists in the moment – right now – and that’s the sort of hero The Doctor is. He’s a hero in a moment.

“When the moment comes he steps up to the plate. Not until then.”

Doctor Who returns to BBC One at 7.20pm on Saturday, April 15 with The Pilot, the first episode of a brand new 12-part series.

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