Doctor Who stars describe the mysterious 2018 finale in just three words

Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill are dropping hints about what we can expect from The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos

WARNING: Embargoed for publication until 00:00:01 on 17/07/2018 - Programme Name: Doctor Who Series 11 - TX: n/a - Episode: July Preview (No. n/a) - Picture Shows: **Strictly Embargoed until 17/07/2018 00:00:01** Ryan (TOSIN COLE), The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER), Graham (BRADLEY WALSH), Yaz (MANDIP GILL) - (C) BBC / BBC Studios - Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian

We’re just a few days away from Doctor Who series 11’s finale, and it’s fair to say the whole thing is fairly mysterious – so we asked series stars Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole to describe the upcoming episode in just three non-spoilery words, and their answers have us more intrigued than ever.


“Mine are ‘It’s surprisingly explosive’,” Gill told us – though whether she means Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor will be facing literal or metaphorical combustion remains a mystery.

Cole, meanwhile, talked up the overall quality of the episode.

“I’ll go for ‘Absolutely Incredibly Sensational’,” he told Radio Times.

“It’s a real team effort, showcasing the whole ensemble. I think people are really going to enjoy it.”

“It is an appropriate finale – it’s really big, explosive, it’s what you would expect from a season finale,” Gill continued.

“It’s a bit of a 360 – concludes lots of stuff, ties things up. You see relationships and all the things that have been running through the previous episodes come to fruition.”

“A lot of baggage gets unloaded, if that makes sense,” Cole added.

“Everyone has a lot to showcase and deliver, and experience. I think it’s going to be absolutely fantastic.”

OK, that was a few more than three words each – but at this stage, we’ll take all the hints we can get about The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos (including any hints about how to spell it on the first try).

Just a few days until we find out exactly what this pair are hinting at…


You can read Radio Times’ interview with Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill in the new edition of the Radio Times, on sale now


Doctor Who concludes on BBC1 on Sunday