More Details on Episodes 8-11 of Series 10

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (#513) contains some new story details and quotes on the next four episodes of Series 10. Here’s some highlights.

Spoilerphobes may want to avoid.

Episode 8: The Lie of the Land


The Monks have been with us from the beginning. They shepherded humanity through its formative years, gently guiding and encouraging, like a parent clapping their hands at a baby’s first steps. They have been instrumental in all the advances of technology and culture. They watched proudly as man invented the lightbulb, the telephone, the internet. They were even there to welcome the first men on the Moon.

They have defended us, too. Who can forget the time the Monks defeated the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Sontarans?

And they have left their imprint in the arts as well. The Monks have found their way into Dickens and the Jason Bourne films…

Two species, sharing a history as happily as they share a planet.


BILL: “What about free will? You believe in free will. Your whole thing is –! You made me write a 3,000-word essay on free will.”
THE DOCTOR: “You had free will, and look at what you did with it! Worse than that, you had history. History was saying, ‘Hello? I’ve got some examples here of fascism you might want to look at. No? Fundamentalism? No? Okay, you carry on.’ I had to stop you. Or at least not stand in the way of someone else stopping you. Because the guns were getting bigger, the stakes were getting higher, and any minute now it was going to be ‘goodnight, Vienna’.”

Episode 9: Empress of Mars


The Doctor, Bill and Nardole pilot the TARDIS to Mars in the year 1881, after present-day NASA captures a very peculiar image from the red planet. Here, they run into an expedition of Victorians with a lone Ice Warrior as their servant. The Doctor suspects this scaly dish-washer may not be so domesticated after all but is he just being too cynical this time?


THE DOCTOR: “Mars. 1881. Or thereabouts. According to the TARDIS, that’s when the message was made. Though we may be a bit early.”
BILL: “So, there were humans on Mars in Victorian times?”
THE DOCTOR: ‘No! (grave) There weren’t.”
BILL: “You’re doing that thing again.”
THE DOCTOR: “What thing?”
BILL: “Going frowny and Scottish.”

Episode 10: The Eaters of Light


Whatever happened to the Ninth Legion? Bill thinks she knows. The Doctor thinks he knows better. And Nardole thought they were having a quiet night in with a boxset and popcorn. But why watch TV when you’ve a time machine and an enquiring mind?


KAR: “Let me tell you about the Romans. They are robbers of the world. When they’ve thieved everything on land, they’ll rob the sea. If their enemies are rich, they’ll take all they have. If their enemies are poor, they’ll make slaves of them. Their work is robbery, slaughter, and plunder. They do that work and call it empire. They make a desert and call it peace.”
THE DOCTOR: “Aye, but the indoor plumbing’s quite useful eh?”

Episode 11: World Enough and Time (Part 1 of the Finale)


Had we but world enough and time, / This coyness, lady, were no crime. / We would sit down, and think which way / To walk, and pass our long love’s day…

But at my back I always hear / Time’s winged chariot hurrying near; / And yonder all before us lie / Deserts of vast eternity. / Thy beauty shall no more be found; / Nor, in thy marble Vault shall sound / My echoing song…


JORJ: “Who are you?”
MISSY: “Well I’m that mysterious adventurer in time and space, known only as Doctor Who, and these are my disposables – Exposition and Comic Relief.”
NARDOLE: “We’re not functions.”
MISSY: “Darling, those were genders.”

Be sure to read the full in-depth previews in the new issue of Doctor Who Magazine, out now.