Series/Season 10 of Doctor Who kicked-off last night on BBC One (UK) & BBC America (US) marking the beginning of the end for Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor. Capaldi took over as The Doctor following Matt Smith’s departure at the end of series/season 7. Smith’s 11th Doctor regenerated at the end of the episode “The Time of the Doctor”.
Smith filled the role of The Doctor for three series/seasons (5-7 plus Christmas Specials) originally joined by Karen Gillan (Amy Pond) & Arthur Darvil (Rory Williams) and later by Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald) who played The Doctor’s companions.
Capaldi has filled the role of The Doctor for the last two series/seasons (8-9 plus Christmas Specials) with this 10th series/season being his third and final. Capaldi’s Doctor was joined by Jenna Coleman’s Clara Oswald through the end of last season. Pearl Mackie joins Capaldi this season as Bill Potts, The Doctor’s latest companion.
While Capaldi’s Doctor was a change from Smith’s Doctor (which was to be expected), Capaldi filled the role exceptionally well and gave The Doctor his own unique characteristics, personality and traits while remaining true to the overall essence of the character and the Doctor Who franchise. It was also a joy to see Capaldi’s 12th Doctor interact with and be joined by frequent Doctor Who recurring characters including Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny Flint), Dan Starkey (Strax), Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart) and Alex Kingston (River Song) to name a few.
From the teasers and previews, series/season 10 is sure to be quite an adventure for The Doctor and his new companion, Bill, with fans wondering how the 12th Doctor will meet his ultimate demise and who will take over as the next Doctor.
Series/Season 10 also marks the departure of current Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat. Moffat took over for Russell T. Davis in 2009 as Doctor Who showrunner and will hand over the reigns of the show to Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall at the end of this series/season. Moffat has taken Doctor Who to new heights and taken fans on quite a journey during his tenure as showrunner. Moffat and Capaldi’s departures from the show will surely be bittersweet.