Warning: Doctor Who season 10 premiere contains “an enormous spoiler”

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Excluding last year’s standalone Christmas special, it’s been nearly a year and a half since we’ve had an episode of long running British sci-fi series (and one of my personal obsessions) Doctor Who. That long drought of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey goodness finally comes to an end next weekend though when the premiere of the show’s tenth season hits the airwaves, and I just can’t wait to see it. I also can’t wait to not see its ending, based on the recommendation of showrunner Steven Moffat.

The British writer and producer, who is exiting the series after this season, was on hand at the first press screening of the upcoming premiere. After hyping up the episode though, he had some odd instructions for the folks in attendance, trying to convince them to not watch a specific section of its ending as it contained a trailer for episode two which had “an enormous spoiler” for the rest of the season. RadioTimes was on hand and reported on Moffat’s instructions:

“This is just a public warning. Some people hate spoilers and some people love spoilers – and everybody hates me whatever way they think about it. So this is my last attempt in this role to avoid hatred.

At the end of the episode there will be yet another awesome trailer for Doctor Who… at the very end of the trailer there is, frankly, an enormous spoiler, a spoiler that may actually melt your brains. But I promise you, you’d be better off not knowing because awesome though it will be here, it will be even more awesome in a few weeks’ time. So we’re gonna give you the option, in our frankly camp and ridiculous way…

There will come up a warning and then there will be a countdown to the spoiler, and then there will be a warning to ‘blink now’. If at that point you close your eyes and wait until you hear the cliffhanger noise, you will have a better experience in a few weeks’ time.”

Firstly, that “blink now” warning is just PERFECT. Secondly, how nice of them to even include a handy countdown timer. Thirdly, WHAT THE HELL COULD THIS SPOILER BE I MUST KNOW ITS GOING TO DRIVE ME INSANE IS IT THE RETURN OF CLARA AND ASILDR OR MAYBE ITS TH- *cough*

Sorry about that. I got a little too excited. Doctor Who withdrawal will do that to you.

The tenth season, along with the upcoming 2017 Christmas Special, will also be the last stint of Peter Capaldi as The Doctor, so its probably best if you experience it as it was intended and not spoiled ahead of time. RadioTimes have confirmed that this spoilerific episode two trailer will indeed be also be part of the public broadcast on BBC, so make sure you look out for that countdown when the premiere airs on 15 April.

Last Updated: April 6, 2017

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Kervyn Cloete

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  • Milesh Bhana

    I still think they should make a spin-off called “Clara and Me.”
    It’s finally time for Season 10. Awesome! I don’t think I’d be able to resist looking, so probably won’t blink.

  • Original Heretic

    Now why include the spoiler in the trailer?!?
    That’s rather uncharacteristic of Dr Who.

    Like, imagine if they had revealed the existence of The War Doctor before the end of The Name of the Doctor?
    Or if in the 50th Anniversary special, they’d let slip about the 13th Doctor.
    “It’s all twelve of them!”
    “No, sir, all thirteen!”

    Those are the moments that make Dr Who so amazing.

    I’m going to blink and hope a Weeping Angel doesn’t get me when that trailer arrives.

    • Because unfortunately, as much as you and I might detest them, there have actually been studies done that shows most people actually don’t mind spoilers or sometimes even want them. It’s why movie studios do it in trailers too. People want to know what they’re paying for before they pay for it. Sad but true.

      • Original Heretic

        But Whovians are not like that! We’re a breed apart!

        Before the 50th special, they had a special preview that they showed at Comic-con (I think it was). It was a closed doors thing, they still said that if ANY info about it leaks, they won’t show any more about it.
        And not a thing was revealed by any of those in attendance.

        Nah man, Moffat should know better.

        • With Moffat practically out the door already, I think it doesn’t really bother him too much

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    How can you have Dr Who withdrawal? It’s like saying you miss plain white toast.

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