Doctor Who Series 14 Episode Guide

Titles, writers, directors, plots and guest cast - here's what to expect from Doctor Who in May 2024.

Ncuti Gatwa as The Doctor in the TARDIS
Photo: BBC STUDIOS 2023,James Pardon

“No job. No boss. Just fun.” That was the offer the Fifteenth Doctor made to Ruby Sunday in the Doctor Who series 14 trailer. ‘And’, he should probably have added, ‘quite a lot of mortal peril,’ – but when has the Doctor ever been upfront with companions about the not-insignificant dangers of travelling in time and space? He probably doesn’t even fill in a risk assessment.

We else do we know about series 14? The first two episodes will arrive on BBC iPlayer just after midnight on the morning of Saturday May 11, simulcast with the 7pm ET streaming time on Disney+ around the world on Friday May 10. The opening double-bill will then be broadcast in a primetime slot on the evening of Saturday May 11 on BBC One, and followed weekly by the remaining six episodes, making eight in total followed by a Christmas Day special. We also know that the currently-filming series 15 will follow in 2025 with a rumoured new companion.

Aside from that, verified info about the new series is summarised below (catch up on the valiant work of the @set_dw account for non-official but useful clues). We’ll update it all as soon as episode titles and more are officially confirmed. Plus, there are one or two unconfirmed rumours to chew over (but nothing that could be considered a spoiler), and the usual caveats about IMDb credits not always being super-duper accurate.

In addition to all that, we’re assured by Russell T Davies writing in Doctor Who Magazine that one of series 14’s as-yet-undisclosed episode titles will contain eight words (The Return of the Valeyard and the Rani?), and can expect to see new cast members Jack Forsyth Noble, Lenny Rush and more make appearances alongside the returning gang.

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Episode 1: Space BabiesDirected by Julie Anne Robertson (Bridgerton, The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Grey’s Anatomy) on the recommendation of David Tennant, whom she’d directed on 2004’s Blackpool. According to IMDb, written by russell t davies.Doctor Who Unleashed released this teaser clip feat. Fifteen and Ruby being stalked by a monster/creature they haven’t met yet. Rumoured to feature multiple 12-16 month-old babies, and listed on IMDb as featuring “additional voices” by voice actor Bettina Kenney.
Episode 2: the devil’s chordDirected by Ben Chessell, an Australian director who recently worked on acclaimed Aussie crime mystery Deadloch, Joe Barton’s excellent Giri/Haji, and YA series Surviving Summer. According to IMDb, written by russell t davies.At least partially set at Abbey Road Studios, London in 1963 and featuring The Beatles. Stars Broadway’s Jinkx Monsoon as a piano-playing villain.
Episode 3: BoomDirected by Julie Anne Robertson (see above) and described by Russell T Davies as “gorgeous”. Writing in Doctor Who Magazine 600, RTD said: “My God, the emotion. The depth. The performances. Beautiful.” written by steven moffat.Rumoured to be a Doctor-lite episode set in a futuristic warzone, possibly featuring the return of series five’s Clerics.
Episode 4: 73 yardsDirected by Dylan Holmes Williams (Servant). RTD described it on Michael Ball’s BBC Radio 2 show in March 2023 as “one of the greatest things [he’s] ever made in [his] life.” written by Russell T Davies.Stars Aneurin Barnard as Roger ap Gwilliam, a politician leading the Albion party (slogan: Bigger Better Bolder Britain). Jemma Redgrave returns as UNIT’s Kate Lethbridge-Stewart according to IMDb.
Episode 5: Dot and BubbleDirected by Dylan Holmes Williams (see above). In Doctor Who Magazine 600, Russell T Davies wrote that “it might have more VFX shots than…well, anything ever. And my opinion changes daily, but is this Murray’s greatest score?” written by Russell T Davies.Rumoured to involve giant slug-style monsters and a dodgy internet provider.
Episode 6: RogueDirected by Ben Chessell (see above). In Doctor Who Magazine 600, RTD wrote “it has comparatively few FX shots” and “looks gorgeous without a single pixel being tweaked.” Written by Kate Herron & Bryony Redman.Set in the Regency period and guest-starring Indira Varma as the mysterious “Duchess”, alongside US singer Jonathan Groff.
Episode 7: The Legend of ruby sunday & 8: Empire of deathDirected by Jamie Donoughue (A Town Called Malice, A Discovery of Witches). Series 14’s two-part finale. Written by Russell T Davies. Bonnie Langford returns as Mel Bush, alongside Yasmin Finney as Rose Noble in a two-part story rumoured to involve UNIT and an invasion by some returning villains.
christmas 2024Rumoured to be directed by Bridgerton and Riverdale director Alex Pillai.Guest stars include Derry Girls and Bridgerton‘s Nicola Coughlan (announced), and Plebs‘ Joel Fry (rumoured). It looks to be set at least partially during WWII.

Doctor Who series 14 starts on Disney+ on Friday May 10 at 7pm ET, simulcast at midnight UK time on the morning of Saturday May 11, and then broadcast on the evening of Saturday May 11 on BBC One.