The first episode of Flux, the six-part Doctor Who series, will premiere on BBC One at 6.25 pm Sunday, October 31, and will be screened in the USA on BBC America later that evening. It will air in Australia the following day. Appropriately titled The Halloween Apocalypse, the 49-minute episode has this synopsis: On Halloween, all across the universe, terrifying forces are stirring. From the Arctic Circle to deep space, an ancient evil is breaking free. And in present day Liverpool, the life of Dan Lewis is about to change forever. Why is the Doctor chasing Karvanista? What is the Flux?
You can see a brief introductory clip of Dan here: https://youtu.be/_3w4zaCyXok
The episode features guests stars Craige Els as Karvanista, Steve Oram as Joseph Williamson, Nadia Albina as Diane Curtis, and Sam Spruell as the Swarm.
Karvanista has been described as “a dog-faced halberd-wielding alien who can disguise himself as a human.”
Joseph Williamson was an eccentric real-life 19th century businessman, property owner, and philanthropist who constructed a series of tunnels under Liverpool which are now only partially excavated. The Williamson Tunnels, constructed under his direction in the Edge Hill area of Liverpool, were supposedly delved to provide employment for soldiers returning from the Napoleonic wars. According to source in touch with cultbox, the storyline involves a creature in the Williamson Tunnels. (A photo of antique wheelbarrows from a Doctor Who camera trainee supports the source’s story.)
Diane Curtis, who appears to work at the Museum of Liverpool, is presumed to be a current or former romantic interest of Dan’s.
Not much is known about the Swarm, but Spruell is 6’1’’, so he/it should be easy to identify once the episode airs! Some fans speculate that this photo might represent the Swarm.
In a recent press interview, Jodie Whittaker mentioned the quieter moments in Flux. “There’s a lot of space in this new series – there’s a lot of silence that feels necessary and weighted. But there’s still all the energy of everything that we always do, the fizzing of the episodes, and the mania.” Asked to describe Flux in a single word, she replied, “It has got so many elements, but one of them is ‘unsettling,’ so I’m going to say that.”
Most of the photos used here are credited to James Pardon & BBC Studios.
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