The Haunting of Villa Diodati

Series 12 - Episode 8 The Haunting of Villa Diodati



A few weeks after running into mathematician Ada Lovelace, the Doctor and company catch up with her dad, Lord Byron, on an auspicious date – the night in 1816 when some literary luminaries tell ghost stories in the Villa Diodati, which eventually inspires the creation of a certain ground-breaking science-fiction novel by Mary Shelley…

“Nobody mention Frankenstein. Nobody interfere. Nobody snog Byron,” the Doctor instructs as the Tardis touches down at Lake Geneva – and in typical Who fashion the team don’t have long to soak up the atmosphere before a deadly, appropriately horror-themed threat arrives.

Soon, the Doctor is faced with a very difficult decision – but will she make the right choice?


Graham, Yasmin and Ryan join the Doctor on a trip back to 1816, where they visit the Villa Diodati on the shores of Lake Geneva as Lord Byron and the Shelleys plan a night telling ghost stories. Their aim is to spend the evening soaking up the atmosphere in the presence of some literary greats - but a supernatural presence is all too real and the Doctor is forced into a decision of earth-shattering proportions.

Cast & Crew

The Doctor Jodie Whittaker
Graham O'Brien Bradley Walsh
Yasmin Khan Mandip Gill
Ryan Sinclair Tosin Cole
Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Lili Miller
Claire Clairmont Nadia Parkes
Lord Byron Jacob Collins-Levy
Dr John Polidori Maxim Baldry
Percy Bysshe Shelley Lewis Rainer
Elise Sarah Perles
Fletcher Stefan Bednarczyk
Director Emma Sullivan
Executive Producer Chris Chibnall
Executive Producer Matt Strevens
Producer Alex Mercer
Writer Maxine Alderton
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