Doctor Who series 10: images & trailers for extended finale

The Doctor Who series 10 finale will clock in at over an hour. And we've got all the promo stuff here...

Doctor Who series 10 finale

Next up on Doctor Who series 10 is the finale, The Doctor Falls. The BBC, on its website, has confirmed that the episode will run for one hour and one minute – 61 minutes, then.

The episode was written by incumbent showrunner Steven Moffat, and directed by finale regular Rachel Talalay.

We’ve just added lots of images from the episode to the gallery atop this page.

Plus, here are a couple of trailers…

And here’s the synopsis…

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The Mondasian Cybermen are on the rise. It’s time for the Doctor’s final battle…

We’ll bring you more news as we hear it. And we’ve got loads of extra info nuggets across the other pages of this article…

Doctor Who series 10 regeneration

Here’s an interesting one: despite the fact we’ve been told he’ll appear in Doctor Who‘s 2017 Christmas special, Peter Capaldi claims he’s already filmed the death of his Doctor.

But how can this be, considering that they haven’t even started on the Christmas special yet? They’ve only just finished filming series 10, which – as far as we know – takes place before the festive episode. It’s a bit of a mystery, this one.

The source of the story is The Sydney Morning Herald, who started an interview article with Capaldi like this… 

Peter Capaldi has just died.

“I did it the other day,” he says.

How was it?

“It was a strange day. It was explosive. He goes out a fighter.”

Our best guess for what this means? Um… what if Capaldi’s Doctor receives the fatal blow (whatever it might be, this time around) in the closing moments of series 10, and begins regenerating. But the process is a bit tricky this time, and the series ends with the Doctor flickering between his current face and the next one. 

That’s just mindless speculation on my part, but doing something like this could pave the way for a really interesting Christmas special, with a proper handover between the old Doctor and the new, and the old showrunner and the new, taking place across a full episode rather than just the final minute. 

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Indeed, Peter Capaldi has already teased that his regeneration won’t be one of the simple ones…

“There’s this notion now that it’s the same process he’s gone through every time, and that’s not true”, he told The New York Times recently. “It’s only the last couple of regenerations that have been, as it were, fairly straightforward ones. I can’t go into the details of a lot of it, because I know what happens, but I don’t know how it happens.”

Capaldi also touched upon his reasoning behind leaving the show at this point:

“They asked me to stay on. And I love this show. But I began to get worried about my capacity to deliver my best work. The schedule is very intense, and I began to wonder, how many different ways can I find to say, “The time vortex is going to open up and destroy the entire universe as we know it, unless we blow up that model spaceship over there”? It concerned me that if I did more, yes, I’d be able to do it, but I’d just be phoning it in. And I didn’t ever want to be in that situation.”

We’ll keep you posted as we hear more on this one. Feel free to leave your own theories in the comments!

Doctor Who series 10 filming

This follows the news that filming has wrapped on series 10 of the sci-fi spectacular, Steven Moffat and Peter Capaldi’s final full series as the helm. 

The BBC broke the news with this clapperboard snap… 

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The Sunday Times (via CultBox) reports that the crew will reassemble in July to shoot the 2017 Christmas special, which will feature Capaldi’s final scenes as the Doctor. (Or, at least, that’s what we’ve been told!)

Doctor Who series 10 release date

Doctor Who series 10 premiered on BBC One, here in the UK, on Saturday the 15th of April 2017 at 7.20pm.

Over in the USA, the first episode of series 10 arrived on BBC America on the very same day, and was followed by the American premiere of the spinoff series Class.

Doctor Who series 10 episode list

Ahead of the new series debuting, we now have the full list of episode titles for the run ahead.

Thanks to two articles from (one of which features lengthy synopses and quotes from the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine), we know all of this about the 12 episodes on their way…

Episode 1, The Pilot, was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Lawrence Gough. It has this synopsis: 

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Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill. A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined – but who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission with Nardole on Earth?

And features this quote:

The Doctor: Imagine if time all happened at once. Every moment of your life laid out around you, like a city. Streets full of buildings made of days. The day you were born; the day you die. The day you fall in love; the day love ends. A whole city built from heartbreak, and triumph, and boredom, and laughter, and cutting your toenails. The best place you’ll ever be. Time is a structure relative to ourselves, existing in the space made by our lives. Time and Relative Dimension in Space. It means life.

Episode 2, Smile, was written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce and directed by Lawrence Gough. It has this synopsis: 

The Doctor takes Bill to the colony world Gliese 581 D. It’s a bright, sunny world, tended to by the tiny bird-like Vardies and their user interface – the Emojibots. There’s just one thing missing: the colonists. As the Doctor and Bill investigate, they discover that to keep smiling is their only hope of staying alive…

And this quote:

Bill: Is it a bit nuts that I’m not scared, just very excited?

The Doctor: Emojis, selfies, wearable communications. We’re in the Utopia of vacuous teens.

Bill: What’s Utopia?

The Doctor: An imaginary perfect place

Bill: This isn’t imaginary

The Doctor: I bet it isn’t perfect either

Episode 3, Thin Ice, was written by Sarah Dollard and directed by Bill Anderson. It has this synopsis:

4 February 1814. London. The Doctor and Bill chill out at the last great frost fair on the frozen Thames, enjoying the carnival atmosphere and eating pies. But sinister lights are swarming beneath the ice, luring people to their doom in the black depths of the river – and as the Doctor gets on the case, a desperate band of local urchins could provide the clues he needs. Someone powerful and ruthless is plotting to attract as many people to the fair as possible… but why? And what lurks at the bottom of the Thames, waiting implacably for the first ominous cracks in the ice?

And this quote:

The Doctor: Conjecture. There’s something under the frozen Thames and it’s eating people.

Bill: Okay.

The Doctor: Proposal. We need a closer look at it.

Bill: Good, yeah.

The Doctor: Plan. Let’s get eaten.

Episode 4, Knock Knock, was written by Mike Barlett and directed by Bill Anderson. No synopsis yet.

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Episode 5, Oxygen, was written by Jamie Mathieson and directed by Charles Palmer.

Episode 6, Extremis, was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Daniel Nettheim.

Episode 7, The Pyramid At The End Of The World, was written by Peter Harness and directed by Daniel Nettheim.

Episode 8, The Lie Of The Land, was written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Wayne Yip.

Episode 9, The Empress of Mars, was written by Mark Gatiss and directed by Wayne Yip.

Episode 10, The Eaters Of Light, was written by Rona Munro and directed by Charles Palmer.

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Episode 11, World Enough And Time, was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay.

Episode 12, The Doctor Falls, was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Rachel Talalay.

And that’s your lot! 

Doctor Who series 10 spoilers

Last week, we ran a story about Steven Moffat advising fans, if they so wished, to keep their eyes closed during a particularly juicy spoiler being revealed in the ‘Next on…’ trailer following Doctor Who‘s series ten opener, The Pilot. Fair warning and all that.

Now, after a big national newspaper chose to publish the spoiler, and lots of other outlets picked up on the story, the BBC has released it as official news, so here goes. This is your last chance to look away.

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Right then: John Simm is returning to series ten in the role of The Master.

Here’s what Simm had to say on the matter: “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. “

Steven Moffat added, “Nothing stays secret for long on Doctor Who but you’ll have to wait a little bit longer to see exactly what The Master is up to and how he makes his return to face the Doctor. It’s been a huge pleasure to have fan favourites John Simm and Michelle Gomez face to face in the same role! It’s not often you get to see a solo personality clash.”

Slight spoilers about series 10 lie ahead

Back in December, we attended the first screening of this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special, The Return Of Doctor Mysterio. After the screening, a Q&A took place, and a few new details about series 10 of Doctor Who came to light.

Firstly, we learned that Matt Lucas’ Nardole, who makes a return appearance in the Christmas special, is back in series 10. Not just for a one-off appearance. “You’re stuck with me for a little bit!”, he told the crowd. He confirmed that his character is given a job by the Doctor, but turns out to be – as he said to Peter Capaldi – a “bit of a thorn in your side”.

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It sounds – although wasn’t confirmed – that we’re going to be getting quite a few episodes with The Doctor, Nardole and Pearl Mackie’s Bill in the TARDIS together. The character of Nardole has evolved slightly, and Lucas – wary of spoilers – described him as “a sort of valet to the Doctor”.

The Christmas special ends with a Coming Soon trailer, incidentally, teasing elements of what lies ahead. There’s a lot of Bill in the trailer, and a Dalek in there as well.

Peter Capaldi, meanwhile, talked about thing going a little bit back to Doctor Who roots with series 10, not least because the character of Bill is human. “Essentially it’s a mysterious stranger from outer space with his time and space machine, whisking Bill off into the corners of the universe to blow up monsters”, he said.

Finally, we were teased that we’re getting a mix of new and old monsters (plural with regards old ones, although that may be just the way that Steven Moffat said it) in the forthcoming series. And as for a tease for one of the new ones?

Well, as Capaldi warned, “be careful when you hear a creak when you a step on a floorboard. I think you should think twice about what the creak is”.

It’s also been confirmed (thanks DoctorWho.TV!) that writer Toby Whithouse (School Reunion, The Vampires Of Venice, The God Complex, A Town Called Mercy, Under The Lake, Before The Flood) will be back for series 10 with an episode that Moffat has described as “BRILLIANT”.

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More as we hear it. In the meantime, here’s a few location shots from Doctor Who series 10, that’s been filming in The Canary Islands recently…

We’ll keep you updated as we hear more.

Here’s everything we know about the villains of the series…

Doctor Who series 10 Ice Warriors

The new issue of Empire Magazine is out now, and in it you’ll find a lovely spread about Doctor Who series 10 and Peter Capaldi’s departure from the show. 

Within said spread, there are some interesting nuggets regarding the upcoming Ice Warrior episode penned by Mark Gatiss. For one thing, the episode is described as a “Jules Verne-ish spectacle”.

It will feature British soldiers from the Zulu War era, building to a “pivotal three-way face-off” between the Ice Warriors, the soliers and the Doctor. 

Chunks of the episode will also take place on Mars itself, and there is space in the story for a “giant futuristic, drill-like weapon of mysterious provenance”. Innnnnteresting.

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This is how Gatiss broke the news regarding his Ice Warrior episode…

Doctor Who series 10: Missy’s last?

Speaking to Digital Spy, Michelle Gomez has confirmed that she will be leaving Doctor Who after series ten, with no current plans to return to the role of Missy.

“Never say never,” said Gomez, “I’m sure in a couple of years’ time, the urge to blow things up will just be too strong and Missy will come in guns blazing! But at the moment, it just feels like this is the end of an era – there may be something in the future but at the moment, I feel like this is the end of a chapter.”

“I don’t know how I’d feel about being The Master to any other Doctor, because I feel like I’m part of Peter’s time,” Gomez told Digital Spy, “My guys, my lads, Missy’s men – they’re all moving on!”

We can expect to see Gomez appear shortly in the current series, about which she had a few other things to say in the original interview for those who want to go looking.

Ta-ra then, Missy. You were mad, bad and definitely dangerous for the Doctor to know…

Doctor Who series 10 Monks

Digital Spy has uncovered a hefty Doctor Who scoop. Toby Whithouse (who wrote Before The Flood and Under The Lake in series 9) revealed to the site that he’s part of a fairly large undertaking in series 10: a three-parter story.

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When asked about his script for Doctor Who series 10, Whithouse said this: “Mine is the third part of a three-parter – Steven [Moffat, the showrunner]’s done the first one, Peter Harness did the second and I’ve done the third.

“It’s set modern-day… and I think anything more than that and Steven will come round and kick me in the shin!”

Digital Spy states that The Monks – the robe-wearing nasties from the trailers – will be at the centre of these episodes, and that they’ll be the sixth, seventh and eighth instalments of the series.

Doctor Who series 10 Cybermen

Additionally, it’s been revealed that the classic Mondasian Cybermen from the original run of Doctor Who will return in episodes 11 and 12 of series 10. Apparently they’re Peter Capaldi’s “long-time favourite foe”. Here’s the announcement post…

We’ll add to this page as more villain news comes to light.

Doctor Who series 10 companion

Remember that Dalek-stuffed clip which introduced Pearl Mackie as Doctor Who‘s new companion, Bill, a few months ago? If you don’t, here it is again…

Where will this scene fit into Doctor Who series 10? Steven Moffat recently said this on the topic, to Doctor Who Magazine…

“Knowing how pedantic I am, I’ll probably work it in somewhere, but there is also an absolutely possibility that I just won’t bother.

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“I mean, so what? In a show that embraces alternate universes and changed timelines, how can you go wrong? I don’t know we might do it.

“The thing is, if we do a Dalek story with Bill, we’d have to put that scene in somewhere, because clearly she’s seeing a Dalek for the first time. But I have to stop myself getting too hung up on that sort of thing. People know what that scene was. It was us going, ‘Look, this is what Doctor Who with Bill is gonna be like.’”

Since saying that, it would seem that Moffat has had a change of heart. Judging by this image from the official Doctor Who Instagram account, series 10’s production has returned to the set of Pearl Mackie’s intro clip, suggesting that we’ll get to see that scene slotting into a full episode at some point in the future…

Speaking of Bill, if you’ve been wondering what she was doing with her life before the Doctor showed up, this Tweet from a fan near the set spells it out rather clearly that Bill will be starting the new series as a student. In real life, this location is a part of Cardiff University, but in Doctor Who land it’s a Bristol campus instead…

— %u24BF%u24D0%u24D2%u24DE%u24D1 (@Jacob_1191) June 23, 2016

The BBC has shared an official video and image of Pearl Mackie at this location, seemingly confirming the link between Bill and this Bristol university…

It’s not a massive leap of logic to assume that Bill is studying in Bristol when the Doctor meets her.

In this chat with The Guardian, Pearl Mackie discusses auditioning for the role of the Doctor’s new companion Bill, her growing recognisability and some insights into the character.

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In Mackie’s words, Bill is “funny and geeky and vulnerable. There’s a goofiness to her and a big heart. She gets things wrong, she has a temper,” later adding “I think the two characters complement each other.”

Mackie is unable to reveal much in the way of detail about the new character – the origin of her name, what she does for a living – though when asked about following Freema Agyeman as a young black actor into the TARDIS she told her interviewer that “I guess there is some sort of similarity between me and Freema but Bill is very different from Martha.” 

Doctor Who series 10 trailer

Here are the trailers for Doctor Who series 10…

— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) March 30, 2017

Doctor Who series 10 cast

Steven Moffat has revealed to that we’ll be seeing loads of Matt Lucas’ Nardole in series 10 of Doctor Who

“He was contracted for certain episodes, and he’s crept into far more of them”, Moffat explained. “I think he’s going to end up being in all of them, in fact, because we love him.”

UPDATE: Lucas himself replied to us on Twitter, to clarify that he won’t be in every episode of the new series…

— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) January 18, 2017

Back to the story. “In the first episodes of [Season 10], he’s slightly broader,” The Moff teased of Nardole’s development, “but we more clearly establish in this Christmas one that he’s sly, and clever, and daft – but he’s not just rent-a-duffer, as he was in The Husbands of River Song, where he was a relatively small character, killed off early on, who happened to be played by Matt Lucas. This is a chance to slightly reconfigure him. He’s a wee bit cheeky to the Doctor, but he’s genuinely helpful and good at things.”

Of course, Peter Capaldi will return in the starring role for Doctor Who series 10. He’ll be front and centre alongside the new companion, Pearl Mackie’s Bill.

Since showrunner Steven Moffat is on the way out, it isn’t outrageous to assume that this could be Capaldi’s last year in the show as well. But, if you’ve been thinking that, it seems like you were wrong.

“I have no reason to suppose that I’m writing out a Doctor”, Moffat is quoted as saying about series 10, in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine. “Peter is loving the role, and long may he do so.”

And what about the chances of a victory lap of old companions, a la Russell T Davies’ swansong, The End Of Time? Apparently the Moff isn’t planning on doing that, either.

“The departure of a showrunner doesn’t mean anything to the audience”, Moffat explained. “Most of the audience doesn’t know that I exist, so they’d go blank if I attempted to wave goodbye to them. Oh, the embarrassment that would be. So I’m damned if I’m imposing my departure on the show. I just want to do a good one, before I hand over to Chris [Chibnall].”

Collider asked Jenna Coleman about recent comments from Peter Capaldi hinting that a return for Clara may be on the cards. Here’s what she told them:

“Who knows, in the future. But I think, at least for a good while, Clara is probably broken down somewhere in time and space, trying to understand how to work a TARDIS with Ashildr/Maisie [Williams]. You don’t want to unpick it, in any way. Steven [Moffat] spoke about the exit for so long, and I think he did such a great job. From Face The Raven to the finale of twists and turns, I couldn’t really ask for anything more.”

One person who definitely is in Doctor Who series 10 is David Suchet, best-loved of course for his enduring role as Agatha Christie detective Hercule Poirot.

The BBC has released this official portrait of Suchet as ‘The Landlord’ in a series 10 episode written by Mike Bartlett…

Also, Mina Anwar (pictured below left) has been cast as a character named Goodthing. Anwar previously played Gita in The Sarah Jane Adventures, but it’s unclear if these characters are linked (we’d wager that they’re not, though).

Ralf Little (centre) will play Steadfast. You’ll recognise Little from The Royale FamilyTwo Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps and probably loads of other stuff.

And Kaizer Akhtar (right) is playing Praiseworthy. Akhtar has previously appeared in TutThe Honourable Woman and Baby Jake.

If we had to guess, we’d say these three oddly-named characters make up a family.

We’ve also learned that Stephanie Hyam (Jekyll & Hyde, Sherlock, Peaky Blinders) will play ‘a guest cast role in the new series’.

Guest cast members have also been confirmed for Rona Munro’s series 10 episode, entitled The Eaters Of Light. The guest cast for this episode includes Rebecca Benson, Daniel Kerr, Juwon Adedokun, Brian Vernel, Ben Hunter, Aaron Phagura, Sam Adewunmi and Billy Matthews.

Additionally, we’ve heard Jamie Mathieson’s series 10 episode will include Kieran Bew, Justin Salinger, Peter Caulfield, Mimi Ndiweni and Karen Brayben.

We’ll bring you all the latest cast updates as we hear them.

Doctor Who series 10 writers

Surprising no one, incumbent showrunner Steven Moffat has written the opening episode of Doctor Who series 10. “I want it to feel like Episode 1 of a brand new show”, The Moff told Doctor Who Magazine. He then added, “I want to leave just as it’s all beginning…”

Mr Moffat will remain in charge for fourteen more episodes of Doctor Who – overseeing the twelve episodes of series 10, and the 2016 and 2017 Christmas Specials – before new head honcho Chris Chibnall steps in in 2018. 

Frank Cottrell-Boyce – who brought us series 8’s In The Forest Of The Night – has penned series 10’s second episode.

Sarah Dollard (series 9’s Face The Raven) and Mike Bartlett (BBC One’s Doctor Foster) have scripted episodes for series 10, too.

Peter Harness co-wrote episodes 6 and 7 with Steven Moffat. CultBox did some detective work and found out that episode 6 might be entitled Extremis.

Thanks to WhoSFX, we also know that Mark Gatiss is working on a new Doctor Who screenplay. 

The hugely talented scribe Jamie Mathieson is set to return to Doctor Who for series 10, as well, following his success with the episodes FlatlineMummy On The Orient Express and The Girl Who Died over the last couple of years.

This news has come to light thanks to this Tweet from Matt Lucas…

— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) October 14, 2016

Ages ago, Steven Moffat teased that a writer from the classic era of Doctor Who would be returning for the tenth post-relaunch series.

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine (issue 506, on shelves now!) has revealed who this writer is: it’s Rona Munro, who previously penned the Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred-starring serial Survival, which closed out the show’s original run in 1989. (McCoy would then reprise the role one last time, and regenerate, in the TV movie of 1996).

Doctor Who series 10 episodes

Doctor Who Magazine asked Steven Moffat a few months ago if he’ll present a plethora of two-parters again this time around, as served him pretty well in series 9. “Something else will happen [in series 10],” he said in response.

The Moff explained that “each year, we try to do something different – almost out of perversity, to make things more difficult for ourselves – so that we’re not getting into a groove, we’re not becomingly boringly expert at it, because there’s nothing so boring as when you get slick.”

“I was very happy to get rid of two-parters when I did, and [in series 9 I was] very happy to bring them back,” he added, leaving us to wonder what he’ll change this year.

Could it be another split series ‘movie of the week’ experiment like series 7, perhaps? Time will tell. In the meantime, you can find our speculation on what series 10 could hold in store by clicking here.

Doctor Who series 10 directors

CultBox is reporting that Bill Anderson will direct at least one episode of Doctor Who series 10. Mr Anderson has never worked on Who before, but his CV is stuffed with popular British TV shows. He’s recently helmed episodes of Mr Selfridge, and previously worked on DCI BanksTaggartLewisSpooks and Silent Witness.

Cultbox previously reported that Wayne Yip has also boarded the Doctor Who series 10 director train. Yip has previously worked on the Doctor Who spinoff Class (specifically the episodes Detained and The Metaphysical Engine, Or What Quill Did.) and Channel 4’s Utopia.

Daniel Nettheim, the director that helmed the excellent brace of Zygon episodes in series 9, is coming back.

Lawrence Gough of Misfits and The Aliens is directing Doctor Who series 10 episode 1, after helming the promo clip that introduced Pearl Mackie’s Bill.

In other directorial news, rumours continue to float around suggesting that Peter Jackson could direct an episode of Doctor Who this year, thanks in no small part to this video…

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Home Invasion

This was an interesting weekend…

Posted by Peter Jackson on Sunday, November 29, 2015

Are we to take this skit as official confirmation that a Jackson-helmed Who episode is on its way for series 10? We’ll keep you posted. 

Doctor Who series 10 recap

You can prepare yourself for Doctor Who series 10 by reading our reviews of series 9 by way of a recap. They’re all here, if you were wondering.

Doctor Who series 10 locations

Doctor Who fan and Den Of Geek contributor Andrew Younger has tipped us off to a possible return location for series 10. If you want to keep the potential surprise, look away now.

Right. While visiting former Doctor Who locations with his family on holiday in Cardiff, Andrew made a visit to The Vicarage in Rhymney, Gwent, otherwise known as the childhood home of Amelia Pond in fictional Leadworth (pictured below). The friendly owner revealed that he’d recently had a call from the Doctor Who production team indicating that they may need to use the house again in future.

To mark his exit from the show, it would only be fitting for Steven Moffat to revisit The Eleventh Hour, his very first episode as showrunner. If that’s the plan, the next question is whether we can expect a return from any stars of the same…

Steven Moffat has returned to another iconic location from his Who tenure for series 10, too: Peter Capaldi and Pearl Mackie have been filming scenes in Newport, at the house that was previously used in Blink, Steven Moffat’s beloved David Tennant-era episode that introduced The Weeping Angels.

Here are some pictures, which CultBox shared online, to prove it…

— Adam Till (@SillyTilly9) August 11, 2016— George Baker (@GeorgeBaker26) August 11, 2016— George Baker (@GeorgeBaker26) August 11, 2016

There’s a strong chance this location is being used as an entirely different setting this time around. It’s already been seen in The Snowmen and Torchwood: Children Of Earth since showing up in Blink.

But still, we thought you’d like to know. The idea of Moffat returning here to bring back the Angels in his last series as showrunner was too tantalising not to mention.

More Doctor Who news as it happens.