Written by John Hussey
After an agonising long wait (just another reason to dislike Steven Moffat at this moment in time – #I’maWhineyWhovian!) we can finally get excited for the return of our beloved Time Lord (or at least get excited whilst Peter Capaldi is still with us – goddammit Moffat!)
There’s a lot to look forward to with Series 10, and there’s a lot to be upset about. But nonetheless it’s a decent time to be a Whovian and I’m just really, really, really praying that Capaldi’s last run of episodes will be the best material possible because (let’s face it) his run hasn’t exactly been all that great. I’ve mentioned this before and I’ll say it again, Capaldi has had a very inconsistent tenure thanks to Moffat and his mad ideas, which have pretty much fucked up the canon of the entire show.
I remember there was a time I would turn a blind eye to this kind of crap because I was a faithful fan, and to give Moffat credit I really enjoyed his material prior to Capaldi’s entrance and renowned him as my favourite writer for the show (just above Robert Holmes). But it just all started to fall apart after Capaldi’s arrival and the show hasn’t been the same since, and with that has come my diminishing love for the show (which is tragic for me considering I have loved the show since I was about three years old, and has helped to shape who I am today). Maybe Capaldi is some sort of omen, I don’t know.
But enough of my ramblings. We have an actual airdate for the premier episode, which was originally titled “A Star in Her Eye”. It will be broadcast in the UK at 7:20pm, Saturday 15th April on BBC One. The premier episode will be a slightly extended story with a run-time of 50 minutes, which is something that’s become common practice within Moffat’s era.
On top of this we have been given a complete line-up of episode titles (accompanied with their writer and director) to which we can begin to decipher what the hell we can expect from Capaldi’s final run as The Twelfth Doctor. Note that that since my last article talking about Series 10′ “line-up” that certain details have been changed.
1. “The Pilot” Written by Steven Moffat, Directed by Lawrence Gough.
2. “Smile” Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce. Directed by Lawrence Gough.
3. “Thin Ice” Written by Sarah Dollard. Directed by Bill Anderson.
4. “Knock Knock” Written by Mike Bartlett. Directed by Bill Anderson.
5. “Oxygen” Written by Jamie Mathieson. Directed by Charles Palmer.
6. “Extremis” Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Daniel Nettheim.
7. “The Pyramid at the End of the World” Written by Peter Harness. Directed by Daniel Nettheim.
8. “The Lie of the Land”. Written by Toby Whithouse. Directed by Wayne Yip.
9. “The Empress of Mars” Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Wayne Yip.
10. “The Eaters of Light” Written by Rona Munro. Directed by Charles Palmer.
11. “World Enough and Time” Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Rachel Talalay.
12. “The Doctor Falls” Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Rachel Talalay.
I’ll be honest, that’s not a bad line-up of titles and each of them sound pretty interesting (especially the finale! – how ominous). However, it’s fair to say that I still have my doubts about this next series because of my lack of faith with Moffat, due to his decline in creativity and decision making (and pretty much just letting me down time and time again within the last three years).
But things could change and there have been some news announcement that have peaked my interest, meaning there’s still hope in me that Moffat can maybe (just maybe) pull something out of his old bag of tricks and end his controversial era on a high note, and at the very least give Capaldi a proper send-off and not leave his era (and Doctor Who in general) in a fragile state.
Enough of me whining. What are your thoughts and opinions? Are you looking forward to Moffat and Capaldi’s finale series, or are you like me and feel indecisive about all this build-up? Discuss in the comment section below!