It’s been a long year for ‘Doctor Who’ fans. With the show taking a year off ahead of Executive Producer Steven Moffat’s farewell season, we’ve largely been left to mark time between Christmas specials and hold our breath for announcements from the BBC.
Now, thanks to Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi, there may finally be a light at the end of the tunnel. Speaking to fans during a break in filming for the new series’ third episode (penned by ‘Face The Raven’ writer Sarah Dollard), Capaldi was asked when the series would air. His response? “We’re on at Christmas, then it starts again in April.”
While the actor’s remarks don’t offer a specific date, they do at least narrow it down a bit more than the official word from the BBC, which has been that the show would return in Spring 2017. Capaldi’s claims of an April premiere date have lead to speculation that ‘Doctor Who’ may be returning to the Easter start date it has often occupied since its return in 2005. If this is the case, and the show continues to air on Saturdays, that would likely place the series ten premiere on April 15, 2017 (give or take a week).
Steven Moffat is set to end his tenure as showrunner with the twelve episode tenth series, plus the 2016 and 2017 Christmas specials. From there, Moffat will be handing the reins to ‘Broadchurch’ creator and occasional ‘Doctor Who’ and ‘Torchwood’ writer Chris Chibnal. Meanwhile, Peter Capaldi will of course be returning as the Twelfth Doctor, as the new series brings with it a new companion, Pearl Mackey’s Bill. Additionally, the 2016 Christmas special will see the return of Nardole, played by ‘Little Britain’ star Matt Lucas alongside an as yet unannounced guest companion. Lucas will also return to the show as a recurring guest star throughout the tenth series.