Lake Geneva, 1816. Lord Byron and the Shelleys prepare for a night telling ghost stories, but their villa proves to have ghostly presences all of its own.

Episode eight : The Haunting Of Villa Diodati.

“Nobody mention Frankenstein. Nobody interfere. Nobody snog Byron.” Should be easy right?

The Doctor and gang arrive at the Villa Diodati, Lake Geneva, in 1816 – on a night that inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The plan is to spend the evening soaking up the atmos in the presence of some literary greats – but the ghosts are all too real. And the Doctor is forced into a decision of earth-shattering proportions…


  • Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor
  • Tosin Cole as Ryan
  • Bradley Walsh as Graham
  • Mandip Gill as Yaz
  • Lili Miller as Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
  • Jacob Collins-Levy as Lord Byron
  • Maxim Baldry as Dr John Polidori
  • Nadia Parkes as Claire Clairmont
  • Lewis Rainer as Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Sarah Perles as Elise


  • Written by Maxine Alderton
  • Directed by Emma Sullivan

Doctor Who continues Sunday 16th February at 7:10pm on BBC One