It's been a while since I've done a Doctor Who related blog (and I promise, I'll get round to Class fairly soon) but I wanted to wait until there were some genuinely tantalising things to talk about and now we've gotten them.
With filming for the fourth block nearing an end, the BBC and DWM have confirmed something that most savvy fans knew for ages - the writers of these episodes. Jamie Mathieson (Mummy On The Orient Express, Flatline and The Girl Who Died) has penned the fifth episode which will feature Nardole (Matt Lucas). Other cast members for his episode include Kieran Bew, Justin Salinger, Peter Caulfield, Mimi Ndiweni and Karen Brayben.
In more exciting news, it's also been confirmed that Rona Munro, who penned the Seventh Doctor classic serial, Survival has written episode nine, which is titled The Eaters Of Light. The guest cast for Munro's episode include Rebecca Benson, Daniel Kerr, Juwon Adedokun, Brian Vernel, Ben Hunter, Aaron Phagura, Sam Adewunmi and Billy Matthews. Both episodes are directed by Charles Palmer, who previously directed Human Nature/The Family Of Blood.
Elsewhere and assuming they're not changed at a later date, the titles for episodes one and four respectively are A Star In Her Eye and The Haunted Hub. Monsters for the first four episodes include killer robots who reduce people to skeletons, a snake creature the Thames and giant woodlice. Steven Moffat at a recent convention also confirmed that Bill's (Pearl Mackie) surname is Potts and rumours have also surfaced that the character may be gay as well. Meanwhile UK viewers will be able to see an exclusive scene for this year's Christmas special, The Return Of Doctor Mysterio this Friday as part of Children In Need. The scene will be available on YouTube shortly afterwards.
Meanwhile the Mirror have published an article (which no doubt has been shared multiples times over by now) which indicates that a clear out will be happening for Chris Chibnall's era. To be honest, while the article is terribly written, I have a feeling this is going to pass. Much as I enjoy Peter Capaldi as the current Doctor, I think it makes a lot of sense for him and Mackie to depart with Moffat during Christmas 2017 (and I suspect they will) and for Chibnall to start his own era from scratch. It'll probably be a matter of time before the BBC confirm anything either way but right now, I wouldn't rule out this article having some grain of truth to it.
Mirror Article: http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/doctor-who-due-major-shake-9254797
Series 10 Spoilers: http://www.doctorwhotv.co.uk/series-10-classic-writer-returns-with-the-eaters-of-light-81668.htm
Filming Pictures: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3930102/Doctor-s-Pearl-Mackie-holds-concerned-gaze-filming-scenes-upcoming-series-eerie-woodland-Cardiff.html
Filming for Series 10 of Doctor Who continues. The Return Of Doctor Mysterio will air on Christmas Day on BBC1 and BBCAmerica.