Doctor Who Series 10: Air Date Confirmed, Capaldi Promises ‘Vintage Doctor Who’

If you’re still reeling from the news that Peter Capaldi is to leave Doctor Who at the end of this current run of episodes, you might have missed the news that we finally have an air date for Series 10.

It’s an Easter weekend return for the Doctor and Nardole – not to mention the debut of Pearl Mackie as new companion Bill Potts – as Series 10 begins on April 15th on BBC One.

Speaking to BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley on An Evening in With Peter Capaldi, the Twelfth Doctor himself confirmed that he would be leaving Doctor Who during this year’s Christmas special.

He told Whiley that series 10 was “vintage Doctor Who” and said it “rolls along in a very vintage kind of way”. Capaldi added the upcoming is was “Full of explosions and adventures,” promising that the Doctor would meet some old adversaries, but mostly new villains.

Capaldi also said that he is still filming and that they were about four episodes away from the end.

Doctor Who will return on Saturday April 15th.

  • DR. MOO, in mourning

    Easter Weekend, meaning springtime broadcast. Good news. No scheduling conflict with that dancing show or ITV’s latest “talent reality show” offering.

  • Mack59

    Sad to hear the best Doctor since Tom Baker is going, I hope it’s from personal choice and not pressure from the BBC to replace him with a younger Tennant-like version who they hope will appeal to the younger demographic. I hope that Mr Moffat will ensure that his last season will give Peter a great and memorable send off in this year’s Christmas special.

    • DR. MOO, in mourning

      Peter said he was asked to stay on and have his contract renewed but he turned it down. He’s going by his own choice to do something different and move on. I guess it’s a case of go now or go never, much like it famously was for Tennant.

  • Rick714

    I know the BBC asked him to stay but I get the feeling that with Moffat leaving, it might just feel like “go now”. He may have talked with Chibnall and wasn’t excited about the route he was thinking of going or maybe chibnall indicated he was leaning toward a new Doctor, who knows? Again, I wish the BBC didn’t stretch things out so it takes four years to put out three series. By now, we would have had an extra full series of Tennant in ’09, an extra smith series in ’13 and an extra series with Capaldi in ’16.

  • Ranger

    Ah vintage. So we are going to have no romance, dodgy, wobbly sets, sexually suggestive monster designs, bad acting from guest stars, 4 episode stories with cliff-hangers and unrealistic special effects? Excellent!

    And I’m not being sarcastic.

  • Rick714

    Since the site hasn’t updated since Jan 31st, I’m hoping it’s just been quiet and there’s no further glitches on refreshing. I keep refreshing and no changes.

    • Philip

      Sorry, Rick – we’ve been updating every day. Are you using the HTTPS URL? The glitches are ongoing, but we’re working on it 🙂

      • Rick714

        odd—it took a bit of doing but yeah, I finally managed to bring up the https url. It was only coming up without that. I’ll bookmark the proper page again and hope it doesn’t revert.

        • Philip

          Ah good. Yeah, I fear a lot of traffic is being lost because most revert to HTTP, without the ‘S’, but right now, we’re struggling to automatically redirect everyone through the SSL certificate. Once we find a way, the site will be a lot better, but until then, I’m afraid everyone’s going to be hit and miss. And it’s not just readers – it’s affecting me. If anyone spots poor editing, please forgive me: it won’t let me preview drafts, so formatting issues might be slipping through!

          • Rick714

            it was really odd—in the menu bar it only read “thedoctorwhocompanion.com” and no http OR https. I just hadn’t noticed it. Very strange. I’ve since added everything and bookmarked it again. fingers crossed!

          • daft

            Also experiencing that issue, I’ve bookmarked thedoctorwhocompanion.com/category/news/ for the time being, that should grab the latest front page news items until solved.