In one of our recent articles we took an in depth look who exactly Pearl Mackie is, and a quick look at her character – Bill Potts. But now it’s time to take a look at who will be in Series 10 of Doctor Who, and everything we know about their characters.
The Doctor – Peter Capaldi
As always in Doctor Who the main character is The Doctor – The show wouldn’t exist without him. Series 10 will be Peter Capaldi’s final series as the Time Lord. In an interview with Jo Whiley on BBC R2 he revealed that Series 10 would be his final series, and that it was time for him to move on to new challenges:
“I feel it’s time to move on,” he said. “I feel sad, I love Doctor Who, it is a fantastic programme to work on.”
He added: “I can’t praise the people I work with more highly, but I have always been someone that did a lot of different things.”
Bill Potts – Pearl Mackie
Bill Potts is The Doctors new companion for series 10. She was introduced to the show in a short clip of a future series 10 episode on the 23rd of April back in 2016. In a recent behind-the-scenes clip released by the BBC, Pearl Mackie, Peter Capaldi and current showrunner Steven Moffat reveal what Bill is really going to be like. Pearl described her character as:
“Bill is cool, she’s really fun and she’s really excited. She’s quite young and she doesn’t really know much about the world. She’s very real I think.”
“She calls the Doctor out on a lot of things that he hasn’t necessarily had to answer for a while, so I think thats kinda the way that she navigates through things”
“She’s not had an easy upbringing but she doesn’t let that affect her day to day life, it’s sort of it’s kinda there just under the surface. She can be quite defensive”
“She’s a bit geeky like she quite likes sci-fi stuff, and she’s quite into space and that kind of thing, so when she does go on adventures with The Doctor and discovers that aliens are real it kind of blows her mind”
Peter Capaldi added:
“Bill comes in as very much a regular human being, from the real world. To whom all of this stuff is extraordinary. She knows nothing about it”
“She’s a very clever, bright, funny girl. I think The Doctor is very taken with her because he can see that she’s one of those people who life hasn’t been great to and she didn’t deserve life not to be kind to her.”
“She has enormous potential and I think The Doctor wants to help her reach that potential”
According to Steven Moffat, Bill is going to be different to most companions we’ve had in the past:
“I wanted her to be somebody who asked a different bunch of question of The Doctor”
Nardole – Matt Lucas
After his introduction in ‘The Husbands of River Song‘ Nardole returned in the most recent Christmas Special ‘The Return of Doctor Mysterio’. Nardole is played by the English Comedian Matt Lucas. He will be joining Bill and The Doctor in the TARDIS in a regular role, starting from the first episode, but will not be in every episode of the series.
Missy – Michelle Gomez
Michelle Gomez will be reprising her role as the female incarnation of ‘The Master‘ – Missy. We last saw Missy in the Series 9 episodes ‘The Magicians Apprentice/ The Witch’s Familiar’.
The Master – John Simm
After a reporter for ‘The Sun’ leaked the news that John Simm would be returning to Doctor Who in Series 10, the BBC announced it officially with a short statement. Simm last played the role of The Master in 2010 when he faced The Tenth Doctor – David Tennant. Regarding him joining the show again John Simm said:
“I can confirm that it’s true, thanks to the power of time travel I’m back. It’s always a pleasure to work with this great team of people and I can’t wait for you all to see what The Master gets up to in the next series.”
Episodes 1, 2 and 3
Heather – Stephanie Hyam
‘Jeckyl & Hyde‘ star Stephanie Hyam will guest star in the first episode of series 10 ‘The Pilot‘. Her character will be named Heather (According to the official BBC website)
while other outlets have reported that her characters name will be ‘Jill Machin’. She was
spotted alongside Pearl Mackie while filming was taking place.
She can also be seen in the first trailer released for Series 10, where she is covered in water and is screaming. In the synopsis for the first episode a “Familiar face in a pool of water, a love that is over before it can begin” is mentioned, which we assume relates to Hyam’s character.
Moira – Jennifer Hennessy
The actress who most recently played Emily Cratchet in the BBC Show ‘Dickensian‘ is returning to Doctor Who in a new role. Previously she was in the 2007 episode ‘Gridlock’ where she played Valerie the wife of Thomas Kincade Brannigan. In series 10 she will play Moira, Bill Potts‘s Foster Mother and will be in Episode 1 ‘The Pilot’.
Praiseworthy – Kaizer Akhtar
The young actor who is known for his roles in ‘Tut’, ‘The honourable Woman’ and ‘Baby Jake’ will be playing a character called Praiseworthy in the second episode of series 10 ‘Smile’.
Goodthing – Mina Anwar
Mina Anwar will return to Doctor Who in a new role in series 10. She was previously in The Sarah Jane Adventures as Gita Chandra. In series 10 she will play the role of ‘Goodthing’ in the second episode ‘Smile’.
Steadfast – Ralf Little
Rumours circulated online that the ‘Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps’ star Ralf Little would be joining the show in series 10. He confirmed the rumours with a comedic video from inside the TARDIS. He will be playing Steadfast in the second episode of the series ‘Smile’.
Kezzia – Kiran L Dadlani
The actress who has had parts in ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Doctors’ will play a character called Kezzia in the second episode of the series ‘Smile’.
Lord Sutcliffe – Nicholas Burns
The actor known for his role as Martin in the hit TV show ‘Benidorm’ is shown in one trailer for Series 10, where he is punched in the face by The Doctor. He will play Lord Sutcliffe in the 3rd episode of series 10 ‘Thin Ice’.
Dowell – Tomi May
Tomi May will join be playing the character of Dowell in episode 3 ‘Thin Ice’. He is known for his roles in ‘Sherlock’ and ‘The Liability’.
Georgian Gentleman – Guillaume Rivaud
The French actor who has had roles in ‘Broadchurch’ and the independent feature film ‘Mordred’ will be playing a Georgian Gentleman in episode 3 ‘Thin Ice’.
The Pie-Man – Peter Singh
Peter Singh will be playing The Pie-Man in the episode ‘Thin Ice’. He is known for his various roles in the kids TV program ‘Gigglebiz’ and ‘Alan Partridge : Alpha Papa’
Perry – Badger Skelton
The child actor will be playing Perry in the Georgian episode ‘Thin Ice’.
We will be looking at the cast of the next 3 episodes of series 10 next week!