Series 7 (2012 – 2013)

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701. ASYLUM OF THE DALEKS
Broadcast: 1 September 2012
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Nick Hurran
Viewers: 8.33m

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.


702. DINOSAURS ON A SPACESHIP
Broadcast: 8 September 2012
Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Saul Metzstein
Viewers: 7.57m

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.


703. A TOWN CALLED MERCY
Broadcast: 15 September 2012
Writer: Toby Whitshouse
Director: Saul Metzstein
Viewers: 8.42m

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.


704. THE POWER OF THREE
Broadcast: 22 September 2012
Writer: Chris Chibnall
Director: Douglas Mackinnon
Viewers: 7.67m

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.


705. THE ANGELS TAKE MANHATTAN
Broadcast: 29 September 2012
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Nick Hurran
Viewers: 7.96m

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.


7X. THE SNOWMEN
Broadcast: 25 December 2012
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Saul Metzstein
Viewers: 9.87m

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.


706. THE BELLS OF SAINT JOHN
Broadcast: 30 March 2013
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Colm McCarthy
Viewers: 8.44m

The Doctor’s search for Clara Oswald brings him to modern day London, where Wi-Fi is everywhere. Humanity lives in a Wi-Fi soup. But something dangerous is lurking in the signals, picking off minds and imprisoning them. As Clara becomes the target of this insidious menace, the Doctor races to save her and the world from an ancient enemy.


707. THE RINGS OF AKHATEN
Broadcast: 6 April 2013
Writer: Neil Cross
Director: Farren Blackburn
Viewers: 7.45m

Clara wants to see something awesome, so the Doctor whisks her off to the inhabited rings of the planet Akhaten, where the Festival of Offerings is in full swing. Clara meets the young Queen of Years as the pilgrims and natives ready for the ceremony. But something is stirring in the pyramid, and a sacrifice will be demanded.


708. COLD WAR
Broadcast: 13 April 2013
Writer: Mark Gatiss
Director: Douglas Mackinnon
Viewers: 7.37m

The Doctor and Clara land on a damaged Russian Submarine in 1983 as it spirals out of control into the ocean depths. An alien creature is loose on board, having escaped from a block of Arctic ice. With tempers flaring and a cargo of nuclear weapons on board, it’s not just the crew but the whole of humanity at stake!


709. HIDE
Broadcast: 20 April 2013
Writer: Neil Cross
Director: Jamie Payne
Viewers: 6.61m

Clara and the Doctor arrive at Caliburn House, a haunted mansion sat alone on a desolate moor. Within its walls, a ghost hunting Professor and a gifted psychic are searching for the Witch of the Well. Her apparition appears throughout the history of the building, but is she really a ghost? And what is chasing her?


710. JOURNEY TO THE CENTRE OF THE TARDIS
Broadcast: 27 April 2013
Writer: Stephen Thompson
Director: Mat King
Viewers: 6.5m

A spaceship salvage team drags the TARDIS on board, sending its systems into meltdown. As the Doctor marshals the motley salvage crew outside, he realises Clara is still trapped within his malfunctioning ship, pursued by a dangerous group of ossified monsters. He has just 30 minutes to find Clara and save his TARDIS before it self-destructs.


711. THE CRIMSON HORROR
Broadcast: 4 May 2013
Writer: Mark Gatiss
Director: Saul Metzstein
Viewers: 6.47m

There’s something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower’s Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people. There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor and Clara go missing, it’s up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!


712. NIGHTMARE IN SILVER
Broadcast: 11 May 2013
Writer: Neil Gaiman
Director: Stephen Woolfenden
Viewers: 6.64m

Hedgewick’s World of Wonders was once the greatest theme park in the galaxy, but it’s now the dilapidated home to a shabby showman, a chess-playing dwarf and a dysfunctional army platoon. When the Doctor, Clara, Artie and Angie arrive, the last thing they expect is the re-emergence of one of the Doctor’s oldest foes. The Cybermen are back!


713. THE NAME OF THE DOCTOR
Broadcast: 18 May 2013
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Saul Metzstein
Viewers: 7.45m

Clara is summoned to an impossible conference call, alerting her that the deadly Whisper Men are closing in on Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him toward the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. It’s a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future…


750. THE DAY OF THE DOCTOR
Broadcast: 23 November 2013
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Nick Hurran
Viewers: 12.8m

The Doctors embark on their greatest adventure in this 50th anniversary special. In 2013, something terrible is awakening in London’s National Gallery; in 1562, a murderous plot is afoot in Elizabethan England; and somewhere in space an ancient battle reaches its devastating conclusion. All of reality is at stake as the Doctor’s own dangerous past comes back to haunt him.


7X2. THE TIME OF THE DOCTOR
Broadcast: 25 December 2013
Writer: Steven Moffat
Director: Jamie Payne
Viewers: 11.14m

Orbiting a quiet backwater planet, the massed forces of the universe’s deadliest species gather, drawn to a mysterious message that echoes out to the stars. And amongst them – the Doctor. Rescuing Clara from a family Christmas dinner, the Time Lord and his best friend must learn what this enigmatic signal means for his own fate and that of the universe.