Doctor Who: Steven Moffat’s ultimate episode guide part 1

The executive producer exclusively reveals details of the returning series 6

The Doctor has an appointment. In Utah, by Lake Silencio, on the Plain of Sighs, an Impossible Astronaut will rise from the deep, and strike the Time Lord dead. We all saw it happen – his final moments, the failed regeneration, the body in the burning boat. No hope, no escape, no excuses: we have seen the future and the Doctor is not going to survive it. The summer is over, the Doctor is back – and he’s embarking on his final voyage…


The first half of series six was all about questions. Who was the Impossible Astronaut? Who are the Silence and why do they want the Doctor dead? Who is River Song? Of course, we all know now that River is Melody Pond, the daughter of Amy and Rory, but that was never our question – who is she to the Doctor? She kisses him like a lover, but she’s also the best liar he’s ever met…

When last seen, baby Melody had been kidnapped by Madame Kovarian, with the clear intent to raise her into a weapon to destroy the Doctor – and we know that Melody is destined to become River, imprisoned in Storm Cage for the murder of the best man she’s ever known. A terrible trap, centuries in the making, is closing around our hero, and this time he’s not going to escape it.

Join the Doctor on six more adventures as he journeys to Lake Silencio for his final encounter. Time is catching up with the last of the Time Lords… but he’s not quite done yet…

Episode 8: Let’s Kill Hitler

Writer: Steven Moffat

Director: Richard Senior

Guest star: Caitlin Blackwood

Amy and Rory have waited a long time for news of their daughter. Too long. But when they summon the Doctor, the consequence will change all their lives. The Tardis crashes into Berlin in the 1930s and they find themselves face to face not only with Hitler, but with a unique assassin from the distant future – and that’s only the beginning. In the Führer’s office, at the heart the Third Reich, the Doctor is in for one the biggest shocks of his very long life…

Episode 9: Night Terrors

Writer: Mark Gatiss

Director: Richard Clark

Guest stars: Emma Cunniffe, Daniel Mays

Horror in Doctor Who comes in many forms and many places, and a cry of distress reaches the Tardis from the darkest and scariest place in the universe. But where is that exactly? This story began with Mark Gatiss and me chatting on the set of Sherlock. “I’d like to do scary,” he said. ‘Do you know where the scariest place in the universe is?’ I’ve known Mark for a while. If he’s decided to tell me where the scariest place in the universe is, I’d better listen. “Where?” I quavered from behind my rapid-deployment Doctor Who fear sofa. “A child’s bedroom” he answered.

Parents of Britain – sorry, and good luck!

Episode 10: The Girl Who Waited

Writer: Tom MacRae

Director: Nick Hurran

Time travel is more than just an element of Doctor Who – it’s one of the main characters. I’m going to boast now and say that Tom MacRae’s stylish and moving script is one of the best uses of time travel in any story anywhere – mind-blowing and heart-breaking in every twist and turn. The Doctor has been in Amy and Rory’s life for a long while now – far longer than he ever intended. What if something were to go wrong?

When they step from the Tardis into a strange white waiting room, they’re all about to learn just how wrong time travel can go…



Read Steven Moffat’s guide to Doctor Who episodes 11-13