New ‘Doctor Who’ series will start in April 2017, says Peter Capaldi

The Doctor lets slip the news to fans visiting the set

The new series of Doctor Who will be screened on BBC1 in April 2017, according to Peter Capaldi.

The Time Lord actor made the announcement to fans visiting the show’s set in Cardiff.

The new series will be the tenth of Doctor Who since it returned in 2005, and the third to star Capaldi as the Doctor. It will also mark the debut of new companion Bill, played by Pearl Mackie, who was appearing in the West End in The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time when she was cast.


Also appearing as a companion is Matt Lucas, whose bumbling alien Nardole first appeared in the Christmas special last year.

The BBC had already confirmed Doctor Who would return in spring next year. Capaldi told fan Lucy Crewe: “We’ll be on at Christmas, and then it starts again in April, I think.”

There has been no new series this year, with showrunner Steven Moffat instead concentrating on his other showrunning role in charge of the next series of Sherlock.

The new series will be the last to be overseen by Moffat, who will be replaced by Broadchurch creator Chris Chibnall. Before Broadchurch began, Chibnall wrote several episodes of Doctor Who and its spin-off Torchwood.

The only new Doctor Who shown this year will be the Christmas special. No details have so far been announced, leading to speculation that it will be linked to Class, the new BBC3 Who spin-off which will be screened in October.


It’s believed Capaldi will appear as the Doctor in an episode of Class, which Moffat has described as “a British Buffy”. It’s written by Young Adult author Patrick Ness.

Confirmed guests for the new full series of Doctor Who next spring include Ralf Little, David Suchet and Mina Anwar.