Doctor Who Series 7 2012-13: What We Know

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A compilation of everything we know about Series 7 so far. This post is continually updated as more info emerges over the coming months until broadcast.

Note: This post contains some mild spoilers.

LAST UPDATED: 30 November 2012

Airdate

  • 1 September 2012 -- Part 1 (Episodes 1-5)
  • 25 December 2012 -- Christmas Special
  • April 2013 -- Part 2 (Episodes 6-13)

Other notes: Filming began 20th February 2012.

Official Description

This series will see the last days of the Ponds with Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill returning for their final, rollercoaster voyage with the Doctor. Amy and Rory have been at the Doctor’s side for more than two series but what will he do after their heartbreaking departure?

Series 7 will then see a dramatic turn of events when The Doctor meets a new friend.

Prepare yourselves for thrills, adventures and dramatic surprises as the show builds towards its enormous, climactic 50th anniversary year. Fourteen big, blockbuster-movie episodes – each a brand new epic adventure featuring new monsters and some familiar foes as you’ve never seen them before.

Main Cast

  • Matt Smith -- The Doctor
  • Karen Gillan -- Amy (Episodes 1-5)
  • Arthur Darvill -- Rory (Episodes 1-5)
  • Jenna-Louise Coleman -- Oswin/Clara (Episode 1/Xmas special onwards)

Returning Cast

  • Alex Kingston -- River Song (episode 5)
  • Neve McIntosh -- Madame Vastra (Xmas, episode 11)
  • Catrin Stewart -- Jenny Flint (Xmas, episode 11, 13)
  • Dan Starkey -- Strax (Xmas, episode 11, 13)

Guest Stars

Monsters

  • The Daleks (episode 1)
  • Dinosaurs & robots (episode 2)
  • The Gunslinger (episode 3)
  • Shakri / Cubes (episode 4)
  • The Weeping Angels (episode 5)
  • The Snowmen (Xmas)
  • Sentient Wi-Fi (episode 6)
  • The Ice Warriors (episode 8 TBC)
  • The Cybermen (episode 12)

Other notes: Producer Marcus Wilson said that a couple of old classics from the 60’s and 70’s will return but will be “moved on a bit.” One of the rumoured monsters is revealed in this post. Caroline Skinner possibly hinted that the Zygons will be back. Reports of the Ice Warriors have also been rife.

Writers

Other notes: Moffat has said it is unlikely there will be any two-part stories this year.

Trailers

Series 7: Part 1:

2012 Christmas Special:

2012 Episodes (Series 7: Part 1)

701. Asylum of the Daleks

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Nick Hurran.

Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission – to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter… the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.

Guest starring: Anamaria Marinca (Darla), David Gyasi (Harvey), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek Operator), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Daleks), Naomi Ryan (Cassandra)

702. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Written by Chris Chibnall. Directed by Saul Metzstein.

An unmanned spaceship hurtles towards certain destruction – unless the Doctor can save it, and its impossible cargo… of dinosaurs! By his side a ragtag gang of adventurers; a big game hunter, an Egyptian Queen and a surprised member of the Pond family. But little does the Doctor know there is someone else onboard who will stop at nothing to keep hold of his precious, prehistoric cargo.

Guest starring: Riann Steele (Queen Nefertiti); Sunetra Sarker (Indira); Rupert Graves (Riddell); Mark Williams (Brian Williams); David Bradley (Solomon); Noel Byrne (Robot 1); Richard Garaghty (Robot 2); Richard Hope (Bleytal) and Rudi Dharmalingam (ISA Worker)

703. A Town Called Mercy

Written by Toby Whithouse. Directed by Saul Metzstein.

The Doctor gets a Stetson (and a gun!), and finds himself the reluctant Sheriff of a Western town under siege by a relentless cyborg, who goes by the name of the Gunslinger. But who is he and what does he want? The answer seems to lie with the mysterious, Kahler-Jex, an alien doctor (yes another one!) whose initial appearance is hiding a dark secret.

Guest starring: Ben Browder (Isaac), Adrian Scarborough (Kahler-Jex), Dominic Kemp (Kahler-Mas), Garrick Hagon (Abraham), Rob Cavazos (Walter), Andrew Brooke (The Gunslinger) and Joanne McQuinn (Sadie), Byrd Wilkins (The Preacher), Sean Benedict (Dockery).

704. The Power of Three

Written by Chris Chibnall. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon.

The Doctor and the Ponds puzzle an unlikely invasion of Earth, as millions of sinister black cubes arrive overnight, almost like presents falling from the sky.

But what are they, what’s inside them and most importantly, who sent them? With the international community at a loss, it’s left to the Doctor to unearth who is behind the mystery.

Guest starring: Mark Williams (Brian Williams), Kate Stewart (Jemma Redgrave), Steven Berkoff (Shakri), Selva Rasalingam (Ranjit), Alice O’Connell (Laura), Arnold Underwood (Peter Cartwright), Orderly 1 (David Beck), Orderly 2 (Daniel Beck)

705. The Angels Take Manhattan (Mid-series finale)

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Nick Hurran.

The Doctor’s heart-breaking farewell to Amy and Rory – a race against time through the streets of Manhattan, as New York’s statues come to life around them… With Rory’s life in danger, the Doctor and Amy must locate him before it’s too late! Luckily, an old friend helps them and guides the way.

Filming reports: Central Park, More Central Park, Tudor City, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Big Rory Spoilers, Cemetery Set Report (Big spoilers)

Guest starring: Alex Kingston (River), Michael McShane (Grayle), Rob David (Sam Garner), Bentley Kalu (Hood).

2012 Christmas Special

7X. The Snowmen

Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Saul Metzstein.

Christmas Eve 1892 and the falling snow is the stuff of fairy-tales. When the fairy-tale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind or will he fight to save the world – and Christmas – from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace.

Guest starring: Richard E Grant (Doctor Simeon), Tom Ward (Captain Latimer), Liz White (Alice), Neve McIntosh (Madame Vastra), Catrin Stewart (Jenny), Dan Starkey (Strax), Ellie Darcey-Alden (Francesca), Joseph Darcey-Alden (Digby)

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