Doctor Who Series 10 Trailer Teases Daleks, Bill Potts, and… Movellans?!

As we’ve come to expect, this year’s Christmas special concluded with a teaser trailer for the upcoming series – and it’s looking very promising!

A trailer was absent from last year’s The Husbands of River Song, due to 2016’s lack of episodes; fortunately, The Return of Doctor Mysterio delivered the goods, showing viewers a festive feast including what appears to be a frost fair, Daleks, and… uhm, a lot of priests in the TARDIS. Seriously, what’s that all about?

Doctor Who Series 10 introduces Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts who, we learn, is a dinner lady, presumably at the fictitious St. Luke’s university in the non-fictional city of Bristol. Without any further fanfare, check it out:

Okay, so there’s plenty to be excited about, including some creepy water people reminiscent of the Flood (from The Waters of Mars), emoji robots, and Bill doing a voiceover a la Rose Tyler and Martha Jones! Nardole (Matt Lucas) is taking his place as a regular, and it looks like that Friend from the Future scene, which unveiled Pearl as the new companion back in April, is making it into the series proper. They’re also going the extra mile to highlight that Bill likes questioning everything, perhaps as a way of telling people that it’s a good time to get into Doctor Who.

The thing that’s set fandom alight, however, is a brief glimpse of what appears to be… Movellans!

Skip to 33 seconds. I’ll wait.

Done? Good. It’s only a moment or two, but the silver dreadlocks and handgun look very familiar.


The Movellans are androids who were at war with the Daleks in Destiny of the Daleks, so would tie into the rest of the dialogue in the trailer. If last year’s The Magician’s Apprentice/ The Witch’s Familiar was a tribute to the First Doctor’s Daleks stories, and to Genesis of the Daleks, it’s not out of the question that an upcoming story calls back to that Fourth Doctor four-parter. Nothing’s been confirmed though, so this is all speculation.

I guess we’ll find out soon…

Doctor Who Series 10 is expected to air from April 2017.

  • Dr Moo, MMXVII

    Movellans… I mean, really?! Of all the yet to return classic creatures why them?

    • Peter Rabytt

      They’re cheap? …..wig and a bit of silver and Bob’s your uncle.

      • Matthew

        I actually think its awesome they are coming back. They.. look similar to how they were.

        Remember they were an empire that was … holding the Daleks back and actually fraked them over with a Virus. I think its awesome they are covering the Dalek/Movellan War finally.

        • Peter Rabytt

          Yes, all that ……..and they’re cheap. An attractive characteristic for programme makers on a decreasing budget.

          • Matthew

            I dont equate Cheap with Bad. There was a lot of cheap going on in Classic Dr Who and Ill watch Robots of Death over anything we are given nowadays

          • Peter Rabytt

            I totally agree. You can make something interesting and decent ‘cheaply’ much as you can spend a fortune and end up with rubbish. I am also a massive fan of Classic Who, so I don’t disagree at all. I didn’t mean to sound critical, just joking really. Happy Christmas.

    • daft

      I’m still waiting for a reappearance of the Master, not the diddly berko substitute of both genders of Nu-Hu. 😉

    • bar humbug

      well it is the season of Boney M… For anyone too young to remember, they sang Mary’s Boy Child, and looked just like Movellans.

  • Rick714

    Well, they were the only race to essentially match the Daleks into a stalemate and we’ve had loads of androids on the show over the decades so as long as the story’s good, I don’t care if Adric or Mel comes back. Actually, that’s a lie. but compared to those two, I’ll take the Movellans easy.

  • TheLazyWomble

    They’ll be bringing back the Mechanoids next!

  • bar humbug

    Loving some of those costumes – the grundgy spacesuit one particularly gives that ep a serious feel. And what do the emoji actors SEE through?
    Shrivelled, woody person at 25 seconds looks intesting, and the 3D-printed coast city looks good, but they forgot the colour.
    Gorgeous rock formations – but geysers don’t look like that, so what is it?
    Not sure about the Doctor punching someone – there’d better be a good reason.

    All in all, that trailer has ignited my interested in S10, despite my reservations about the generic companion. I never thought I’d hear my self say ‘thank God for Nardole…’

  • TimeChaser

    If you pause it just right, you can definitely tell it’s a Movellan. Right hair, costume, and gun. Well, this should prove to be interesting…

  • Ranger

    Ah, the Movellans with their funky 80s dancing. Could be worse, the Daleks could be coming back again. Oh, wait – damn they are!

    Still waiting patiently for the Rutans to return.