Digital Spy recently revealed that Series 10 of Doctor Who would feature the return of the three part story, meaning that the Mondasian Cybermen season finale won’t be the only multi-part story coming our way in 2017.
Toby Whithouse, who’s writing the eighth installment of the series, announced that: “Mine is the third part of a three-parter – Steven [Moffat]’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!”
This story will begin with episode 6, which has been rumoured to be titled “Extremis”, and will run through to episode 8, and will feature the Truth Monks who have been spotted a lot recently during filming. Also revealed is that Michelle Gomez will return in these episodes, and we already know she is in the finale, so this means we will be getting at least five episodes of Missy in series 10. However, I’ll comment more on this in a later article.
Personally, I’m delighted with this news because longer stories often give more room for plot and character development that single episode stories don’t allow. Most Who fans can admit that the single part format seen from “A Good Man Goes to War” as far as “In the Forest of the Night” did hinder the show in a way, meaning that plots were often rushed, and side characters got very little attention. I personally am a fan of these seasons but even I can’t deny that some stories would’ve benefitted from a longer run time or being spread over two episodes.
Of course this isn’t the first three parter to feature in New Who. The only “official” trilogy of episodes is “Utopia”, “The Sound of Drums” and “Last of the Time Lords” from series 3 back in 2007 which reintroduced the Master to the series. Then the final three episodes of series 4 acted in a similar fashion, however “Turn Left” was more of a prequel to the final two episodes. Then in 2015, we had a loose three part story to end the series with “Face the Raven”, “Heaven Sent” and “Hell Bent”. These episodes tied together and followed the character journeys of both the Doctor and Clara and had a mystery to what was going on but each episode pretty much stood on their own. It seems that they may be handling episods 6-8 in this way, but we’ll have to wait and see. Perhaps it may be more traditional just with a different writer for each part? Who know?!
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