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The Eaters of Light 

A long time ago, the Roman legion of the ninth vanished into the mists of Scotland. Bill has a theory about what happened, and the Doctor has a time machine. But when they arrive in ancient... See full summary »


Charlie Palmer (as Charles Palmer)


Rona Munro

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Episode cast overview:
Peter Capaldi ... The Doctor
Pearl Mackie ... Bill
Matt Lucas ... Nardole
Michelle Gomez ... Missy
Rebecca Benson ... Kar
Daniel Kerr ... Ban
Brian Vernel ... Lucius
Rohan Nedd Rohan Nedd ... Simon
Ben Hunter Ben Hunter ... Thracius
Sam Adewunmi Sam Adewunmi ... Vitus
Billy Matthews Billy Matthews ... Cornelius
Aaron Phagura ... Marc
Jocelyn Brassington Jocelyn Brassington ... Judy
Lewis McGowan ... Brother


A long time ago, the Roman legion of the ninth vanished into the mists of Scotland. Bill has a theory about what happened, and the Doctor has a time machine. But when they arrive in ancient Aberdeenshire, what they find is a far greater threat than any army. In a cairn, on a hillside, is a doorway leading to the end of the world.

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17 June 2017 (USA) See more »

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Acclaimed Scottish playwright Rona Munro had previously been commissioned by script editor Andrew Cartmel to write the final transmitted serial of the original series, Doctor Who: Survival: Part One (1989). She becomes the first person to have been accepted to write for both Doctor Who (1963) and Doctor Who (2005). See more »


Although there were black legions in the Roman Army, you didn't have single black legionnaires at this time in history. The legionnaires were too young, and they kept referring to each other as centurions which is a rank equivalent to a SNCO today, not an 18 year old soldier. Plus the horse hair crest on the helmet of a centurion was cross the helmet not front to back. See more »


[extra scene]
The Doctor: It's Scotland. It's supposed to be damp.
Nardole: [making a face] Phbbt.
The Doctor: What's that face for?
Nardole: Well, last time you went on one of your trips, you ended up blind.
The Doctor: Yeah. Well, now I'm better.
Nardole: The Earth got invaded.
The Doctor: It's all sorted. 'Thanks very much, Doctor.' 'Oh, you're welcome.'
Nardole: Now we're in Aberdeen.
The Doctor: But we are perfectly safe.
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Written by Ron Grainer
Performed by BBC National Orchestra of Wales
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The Eaters of Light
17 June 2017 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Last time Rona Munro wrote for Doctor Who the show went off air for 16 years not that it was her fault. However history was made as Munro becomes the first person to write for Classic Who and Nu Who as well as having written for televised Doctor Who in both the 20th and 21st Century.

Munro delves in Celtic history on a mystical setting of of second century Caledonia as Bill wants to find out what happened to the Roman 9th legion.

What we get are talking crows and a CGI monster, the eater of light with a meditation to lost youth as both the Picts and Romans have lost their elders and it is up to the youth to set aside their differences and unite to defeat the monster as the Doctor prepares to make his own sacrifice.

The Doctor is a little more caustic here and it is remarkable how few stories we have had in Doctor Who that have actually been set in Scotland.

Director Charles Palmer has set a good standard in the visuals as much of the action has a nighttime and interior settings. Munro has written an understated and elegiac episode.

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