Series 10 New Trailer Breakdown
So let’s take an in-depth look at the latest trailer for Doctor Who Series 10. We’ll be taking a slightly different approach this time around as we’ve grouped together, as best we can, all the scenes from the same episodes (though they may not always be 100% accurate).
This article will also only cover new moments. Any we’ve missed out were already covered in the first breakdown, which you can find by clicking here.
Note: As always the following will be based on casting, filming, rumours, previews and plain old speculation. Spoilerphobes proceed at your own discretion!
Episode 1 – The Pilot
While we had previously assumed the opening episode was going to feature an entirely new threat, the new trailer suggests it will have something to do with the Daleks instead. We see Bill’s former friend Heather (Stephanie Hyam) who seems to be forming from water and then using the traditional “Exterminate” catchphrase of the evil pepperpots. Is she a new type of Dalek Puppet, as seen a few times before in the Moffat era?
Classic fans won’t have failed to notice Nardole (Matt Lucas) catching the Fourth Doctor’s sonic screwdriver. Quite why Nardole is using it is a mystery, but the Doctor did appear to keep previous versions of the Sonic in the university office he is at (as seen in the first trailer).
Episode 2 – Smile
This futuristic story will probably prove to be a divisive one, not only because of the focus on a rather goofy premise of evil emoji robots, but also due to the return of writer Frank Cottrell-Boyce, whose last episode (In the Forest of the Night) didn’t exactly go down well with fans, being frequently rated lowest of Series 8. Perhaps he’ll surprise us all this time around though…
Episode 3 – Thin Ice
Sarah Dollard’s script takes us on a trip back to past, 1814, according to the Doctor. The latest trailer shows several familiar scenes, but most intriguing is our first good look at the monster: the huge serpent-like creature that is hiding under the icy Thames and no doubt going to cause Bill and the Doctor a few problems!
Episode 4 – Knock, Knock
There isn’t really a great deal new to analyse from the clips of episode 4, written by Who newcomer Mike Bartlett. We once again see David Suchet as ‘the Landlord’ and the wooden monster, the latter in much greater detail than before though. Both seem to be acting rather sinister.
Episode 5 – Oxygen
Jamie Mathieson’s latest looks to be getting back to what the writer excelled at with his excellent Series 8 debut episodes, rather than his slightly more lighthearted Series 9 outing. Based on this short glimpse “Oxygen” is going to be a creepy, contained story set on a space station with monsters not dissimilar to zombies (perhaps oxygen starved victims that have come back to life).
The monks certainly look like a powerful and intimidating foe, and they have a bigger presence this series than initially thought. The Doctor Who Fan Show asserts that they will appear in “several episodes in the middle of the series” rather than just Toby Whithouse’s episode 8. So we could be looking at Steven Moffat’s episode 6 and Peter Harness’ episode 7 too. If not a three-parter, perhaps the 3 episodes will work as more of a connected story like we saw with some episodes in Series 9.
Another important thing to note is the large locked door the Doctor is standing outside of. The place looks very old…
…And there appear to be Gallifreyan symbols on it. It seems to guard something or someone very important.
Michelle Gomez filmed scenes for Block Five (episode 6/7) so it’s entirely possible the scenes of Missy could be from either of those two episodes, rather than the finale (which she is also in). What’s interesting is that Missy appears to be in some sort of glass cage. If you notice the background you can see old paintings that could match up with the area the Doctor is outside of previously. So perhaps Missy has been locked up and the Doctor is getting her out? Alternatively, perhaps this is Missy’s TARDIS, which fans have been waiting a long time to see.
Writer Mark Gatiss promised a new kind of Ice Warrior for his Mars based follow-up to 2013’s Cold War, and here we get our first glimpse of it. Could this be a female Ice Warrior, or perhaps an Ice Queen? But more importantly, will Gatiss finally give fans a true classic to remember?
Episode 10 – The Eaters of Light
Little is known about classic series writer Rona Munro’s return to Doctor Who. The story, or at least parts of it, feature Roman soldiers based on filming. These clips seem to align based on what Nardole is wearing in the first trailer from the episode. These clips looks like the usual case of the Doctor and co first encountering a group and having to hastily explain what they’re doing there!
Episode 11-12 (Finale)
As far as we can tell, this is the only clip from the finale, which wouldn’t be surprising given the episodes are still filming. Of course the major thing is the return of the Mondasian Cybermen, first seen in the 1960s with the very first Doctor in The Tenth Planet. It won’t just be the classic Cybermen though, the modern versions will also play a part.
And that about wraps up this second trailer breakthrough. Just one month to go now!