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Series 10 Episode 5 Oxygen 7.15PM Saturday 13th May

Written by Jamie Mathieson and directed by Charles Palmer.

The Doctor, Bill and Nardole answer a distress call in deep space, and find themselves trapped on board space station Chasm Forge. All but four of the crew have been murdered – and the dead are still walking!

In a future where oxygen is sold by the breath, and space suits are valued more highly than their occupants, the TARDIS crew battle for survival against the darkest evil of all…

The Doctor is played by Peter Capaldi, Bill by Pearl Mackie and Nardole by Matt Lucas.



  • Random Critic

    May 14th, 2017 - 1:57am

    This week, capitalism gets it in the neck, because capitalism is bad, mkay!

    It’s laughable how bad capitalism is when a company can spend a ton of money on an operation like this, just to mine copper ore, and not be bankrupt yet.

    Equally as laughable as peeps droning on about human efficiency. If only they had powered suits that could do the work on their own without the need for humans…uhmm, like the one they showed in this episode. Oops! Actually, why isn’t this entire operation automated? Oh, the humans are needed for the plot of this effort.

    The strange oxygen economy isn’t explained much at all and just comes across as convoluted. The Doctor and company get “2000 breaths” each, for free, for some reason. As for measuring distances in “average breaths”, that’s about as meaningless as measuring the distances in Pepe memes.

    The suits are the gifts that just keep on giving. If all the oxygen is only available in a suit, how do the humans sleep, wash, or even go to the flipping toilet? At the beginning, you have one female crew member talking about wanting to have a baby with a male crew member. That’s gonna be interesting, seeing as they’ll definitely have to be wearing space suits for that “exercise”. And what of the baby, when it’s born? I don’t think the suits are one size fits all.

    The ending made about as much sense as their poor (as in makes you poor) version of capitalism, and, to top it off, they didn’t even show HQ.

    Oh, yeah; blue dude there for some social justice comedy. Because that type of humour never gets old.

  • catnip

    May 12th, 2017 - 1:05am

    Something that has occured to me, is that as Missy returns in Extremis, wont she wonder where Clara is? After all, she was the one that made it so the Doctor and Clara met each other (the woman in the shop). With the Doctor been made to forget Clara, MIssy should still remember her.

    And what happens if he does remember Clara? Does his mind burn up or something, hope Moffat has remembered what he wrote previously so that everything fits in and makes sense.

    • Doctor Stu

      May 12th, 2017 - 8:07pm

      This is moffat so it’ll probably be glossed over

    • The Living Shadow

      May 12th, 2017 - 8:44pm

      When did Moffat write that?

    • The Outcast

      May 13th, 2017 - 2:43pm

      ‘Death in Heaven’ is where that bit about Missy putting the two together comes from I believe.

      Hopefully it will be ignored completely. I’ve had more than enough of that ‘Impossible Girl’ nonsense to last me 13 life times. Clara should have left in series 8. Besides, Missy probably won’t care, companions come and go constantly. Shes got Bill and Nardole to deal with now.

    • The Living Shadow

      May 13th, 2017 - 3:58pm

      Oh sorry I meant about what the original commenter wrote about the Doctor remembering Clara and how that should apparently burn his mind.. I don’t remember Moffat writing anything about that in the past.

      I totally agree with you on the ‘Impossible Girl’ thing, I don’t want to hear anything more about it!

    • Doctor Stu

      May 13th, 2017 - 6:51pm

      The original poster was asking a question they were saying ‘what happens if he does remember, will his mind burn up?’ They weren’t saying that moffatt wrote that

    • Pats86

      May 13th, 2017 - 7:03pm

      Missy’s really good idea could be wiping her memory of Clara? She spent a bit of time with her in this episode so she most likely had had enough of her. I know I would if I could.

    • Pats86

      May 13th, 2017 - 7:04pm

      And good point catnip.

    • The Living Shadow

      May 13th, 2017 - 7:56pm

      Oh okay, the fact that the original poster used a comma between the sentences about the Doctor’s mind burning and Moffat writing made me think that the sentences were linked…

  • fiona ting

    May 9th, 2017 - 1:05pm

    I hope this episode is very good

  • Doctor Stu

    May 9th, 2017 - 11:01am

    It says they lose the TARDIS, obviously to isolate them for the plot which isn’t a problem but I hope there’s a good explanation as to how they eventually get the TARDIS back, I hope it’s not a cop out witches familiar tardis return or moffat inventing a new power the TARDIS has that allows it to return. Is this just me being picky. I think it is

    • Doctor Stu

      May 9th, 2017 - 11:03am

      Also, dont let everyone come back to life again or make the monster another misunderstood creature we need death and evil otherwise there’s no risks

    • The Outcast

      May 13th, 2017 - 2:46pm

      I agree. I found last weeks ending a bit of a cop out at the end. I think the villain for this one is corporate greed rather than something that is ‘Misunderstood’. I mean, Misunderstood is fine and dandy, but it shouldn’t be the case for every story. Sometimes we need the big bads to be real villains.

  • Johnnycake

    May 9th, 2017 - 6:44am

    Looking into my temporal schism I think the Doctors regeneration will start in this one and that nardole has some Cyberman in him. As for who is in the vault ….I’m going the celestial Toymaker,no evidence to back this up

    • Marswho

      May 10th, 2017 - 11:45am

      I think the regeneration will be in next week’s episode.

  • Weeping Angel

    May 8th, 2017 - 7:49pm


    Prediction: Missy (I know you think its obvious but keep reading!)

    Evidence: Missy is in ep6 and thats when the secret of the vault is going to be revealed!

    Massive Peice Of Evidence: If you pause the Series 10 Trailer at 39-40 seconds you will see Missy lying on something that looks a bit like a piano (there is a piano in the vault, watch end of knock knock). Also Missy seems to be in a cage for most of the trailer… A cage, a prison, a VAULT…

    • catnip

      May 8th, 2017 - 8:58pm

      Weeping Angel, very well spotted indeed! I too thought this, but felt i may have been put down by others. It does make a lot of sense. The only thing that doesnt, is how the hell did she manage to escape from the Daleks on Skaro when she mentioned having “a very clever idea”?

      But am liking your theory very much.

    • r1ch1e

      May 8th, 2017 - 9:14pm

      Maybe she did a similar thing to the doctor in Day of the Doctor! When 11 had a thought that slowly went back through all his lives and they all worked together to save Gallifrey.

      Maybe Missy had a similar idea with the Masters and they helped get her off Skaro!

    • Fez nation

      May 9th, 2017 - 6:36am

      100% it’s not missy

    • Weeping Angel

      May 9th, 2017 - 7:41am

      Thx catnip. I think that Missy could have escaped from Skaro like when we thought she died in Death in Heaven but she came back.

    • The Outcast

      May 13th, 2017 - 2:48pm

      110% is Missy. Either that, or she freed whatever was in the vault and put herself inside to mock the Doctor.

  • catnip

    May 8th, 2017 - 4:54pm

    I feel this will be a good storyline, Bill obviously wont die as shown in the trailer, as shes in the whole series. Could just be a shape shifter that takes Bill’s appearance and then dies.

    Very happy to see the funny Nardole is in the whole episode as he has a good rapport with the Doctor.

    Finally, as the next episode is the return of Missy, hopefully we will get to see just who/what is behind those vault doors, preferably before it cuts to the credit sequence.

    4 episodes down, only 9 left. Then a big gap (once again) till the Capaldi finale. Just a shame that Pearl Mackie wont be in series 11 with the Thirteenth Doctor, whoever HE is.

    • Fez nation

      May 9th, 2017 - 6:37am

      Yeah I agree Bill should stay

  • Ron

    May 8th, 2017 - 6:52am

    Isn’t this just sleep no more but with oxygen instead?

    • S.M.

      May 8th, 2017 - 1:58pm


    • Jordan Scott

      May 8th, 2017 - 3:46pm

      I don’t think anything could possibly ever even be close to being as bad as sleep no more.

    • Pats86

      May 8th, 2017 - 8:53pm

      Jordan Scott, what about Hell Bent?

    • Weeping Angel

      May 9th, 2017 - 7:42am

      Hell Bent was much worse?!

    • The Outcast

      May 9th, 2017 - 8:48am

      Yes, Sleep No More > Hell Bent.

    • Jordan Scott

      May 9th, 2017 - 9:47pm

      No I actually prefer Hell Bent to Sleep No More, was a bit all over the place but there was still stuff going on at least and an actual plot. SNM was in my opinion the most boring, dull and pointless episode I’ve ever seen – so much so that I can’t even accept it as an episode and don’t know how anyone could find it entertaining.

  • Alex Who?

    May 7th, 2017 - 10:48pm

    It looks like its got an interesting concept.

    Hopefully its executed well.

  • The Dalek Whovian

    May 7th, 2017 - 9:21pm

    Limited oxygen and zombies in space, I can tell this will be very suspenseful episode

  • Pats86

    May 7th, 2017 - 1:49pm

    I wonder how the reset button will be used in this episode? The most unexpected thing would be someone actually dying and staying dead!

    • The Living Shadow

      May 7th, 2017 - 2:13pm

      What are you talking about? What about the people killed in ‘smile’ or in ‘Thin Ice’? A fair few characters stayed dead from those episodes? Heck, they even addressed this in Thin Ice. And I don’t think the Landlord and his mother left completely in one piece (or in any pieces at all) after yesterday’s episode… Also, I don’t believe that the people who had been consumed by the house before the events of the episode were shown to survive. Maybe if you’d commented that before series 10 and after Hell Bent you’d have some credibility.
      You do make a good point about the Reset Button trait, but that’s nothing new to Doctor Who, especially since they started making 45 minute long stories.

    • Pats86

      May 7th, 2017 - 5:20pm

      Not many though is it? And they all came back in ‘smile’ didn’t they?
      as you say “a few” stay dead.
      Danny Pink, Missy, Osgood, and worst of all Clara, all main characters all not actually dead….that is what I’m talking about.

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      May 7th, 2017 - 5:44pm

      Those who died in Smile stayed dead. Danny Pink is dead. Why would Missy/The Master be killed off? The original Osgood might be dead. I agree with Clara, though technically we have seen her death – that death did still happen.

      Besides, let’s watch the episode before judging it, eh? Maybe there will be a reset button and maybe there won’t. We’ll find out when we watch it.

    • pats86

      May 7th, 2017 - 7:51pm

      I was only saying, touched a nerve have I? I am holding out for something exciting/original for a change, but yes I agree, let’s watch before judging. Pardon me for not lording the great and never to be criticised Moffat!

    • pats86

      May 7th, 2017 - 7:54pm

      And technically Clara is still alive, she can still come back and spoil the show!

    • The Living Shadow

      May 7th, 2017 - 9:15pm

      It’s not a case of “touching a nerve”. The points you were trying to make aren’t entirely correct… I thought maybe it’d help you look at the show in a better light if I corrected you, as in a number of ways, your problems are not the case. And we don’t like to have problems with Doctor Who… do we?
      Also, I’m not saying you shouldn’t criticise Moffat, and with Clara you have a good point, and I agree it’s really annoying when people refer to Moffat as a genius and put him on a massive pedestal. In fact I feel the same way about Russell T Davies, when people claim that the ‘Tennant years were so much better’ when that era has a lot of the same (if not more) problems as Doctor Who in recent years, so I do understand your frustration.

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      May 7th, 2017 - 9:17pm

      Potentially, yes, though I hope Steven Moffat has learned his lesson after Hell Bent. I won’t mind if she plays a small part in the regeneration sequence so that the Doctor starts to remember or something.
      For the record, I’m not afraid to criticise elements of the show as you suggest (Moffat included). For example, I am one of the many who didn’t like Hell Bent (apart from the first 15 minutes or so).

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      May 7th, 2017 - 9:33pm

      (the above was in response to pats86 – I hasn’t seen the previous reply)

    • Pats86

      May 7th, 2017 - 9:49pm

      The Living Shadow and The Temporal Jelly Baby, thanks for your replies and my apologies for being so negative. It probably is frustration that causes me to rant at times.

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      May 7th, 2017 - 11:05pm

      No worries! As The Living Shadow posted, your frustration is understandable.

    • prototype dalek

      May 8th, 2017 - 12:50pm

      I do agree with all of you, especially about Clara. I don’t think anything could beat that as one of the worst resets ever in Doctor Who. I’m sure Moffat would have learnt his lesson after then.

  • Weeping Angel

    May 7th, 2017 - 11:46am

    Im not too sure if im looking forward to this one, but at the end hopefully we get a hint about whats in the vault in the next time trailer. Im really looking forward to ep 6. The truth monks are creepy!

    • The Outcast

      May 7th, 2017 - 2:06pm

      Episode 6 is also when the vault is opened, all the more reasons to be excited!

  • Wibbly Wobbly, Timey Wimey

    May 7th, 2017 - 1:34am

    Is it just me, or do the effects seem unusually good for a Doctor Who episode?

  • The Surgeon

    May 6th, 2017 - 9:34pm

    We love you Jamie, we do. Oh, Jamie we love you!
    Very interesting. I hope Matt Lucas is as good in this as I think he will be. He’s been brilliant in this series so far I think. Exactly what Capaldi needed (insert “what the Doctor ordered” joke here​).

  • Jordan Scott

    May 6th, 2017 - 9:33pm

    Meh, not usually too keen on “base under siege” stories, “the dead walking” is basically what happened in UTL/BTF last series.

  • Button

    May 6th, 2017 - 9:29pm

    OK? why is it now that Moffat produces a good series?

    • The Surgeon

      May 6th, 2017 - 9:32pm

      I thought series 9 was stupidly good

    • The Outcast

      May 7th, 2017 - 2:08pm

      It really wasn’t. Its really overrated. [Referring to series 9].

    • Mrewanwatson

      May 7th, 2017 - 2:38pm

      Yeah I believe that Series 9 was much more of a series with a great premise (i.e the hybrid) but such an awful payoff (basically the whole series) but Series 10 is much more enjoyable and I think it’s brilliant so far.

    • The Living Shadow

      May 7th, 2017 - 9:19pm

      I loved most of series 9, but for me, Hell Bent really left a bad taste, and then for that to be our last episode before a year long hiatus really didn’t help (minus the Christmas specials)!

    • The Temporal Jelly Baby

      May 7th, 2017 - 9:43pm

      For my final series 9 ratings in 2015 (out of 10), I gave five episodes 9 to 10 and another four episodes 4 to 6. Simply put, some episodes were really great in my opinion and others were quite underwhelming. The plot arc was intriguing throughout but ended up being awful in Hell Bent. So far, for me, series 10 has been consistently good with another intriguing plot arc. I haven’t given a single episode 9 or 10 out of 10 yet but my scores have been consistently decent so far. And I hope some really great stuff is coming our way!

    • Tim M

      May 8th, 2017 - 10:41am

      Series 9 was a mixed bag. It started brilliantly with the Davros two larger. But was very hit and miss after that. More misses (ooh er misses!) than hits in my opinion. I got bored with Clara (Surely her story arc finished with Matt Smith!), and I didn’t rate the hybrid storyline. The ‘Me’ character didn’t work for me. Once again it’s another character that seemingly lives on forever, or a long time at least (Captain Jack for example). It kind of diminishes the Doctors unique ability of regeneration, if ‘side’ characters can do better and not change…and seemingly live forever. Makes it all a joke really.

    • Tim M

      May 8th, 2017 - 10:43am

      Apologies. It should say ‘Davros two parter’ above. I wasn’t trying to insinuate something! 🙂

  • Mr. J

    May 6th, 2017 - 9:16pm

    Looks good

  • The Temporal Jelly Baby

    May 6th, 2017 - 8:34pm

    I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while now.

  • prototype dalek

    May 6th, 2017 - 8:15pm

    Seems like it will be another interesting episode


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