UPDATED: What do we know about Doctor Who series 7 part 2?

Feature Cameron K McEwan 12 Mar 2013 - 07:00

Cameron provides a ready reckoner of what we know so far about the 8 new Doctor Who episodes starting later this month...

Warning: contains potential spoilers aplenty.

We are less than a week away from the world's greatest television show returning to our screens and, like the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special, rumours are flying higher than a Dalek on doomsday.

But what do we actually know about the upcoming series - what is fact and what is just a made-up internet rumour? As with previous years, not all the episodes have confirmed titles (despite what other sites may say), so let's have a look at what's coming up, starting on the 30th of March. 

Episode 1 - The Bells of St John 

We know the opener features Star Wars: The Phantom Menace actress Celia Imrie and that it is set in contemporary London. Last week the BBC released a promo pic which gave us a taste of new nemesis, the Spoonheads. Apparently, these guys are gonna "battle the Doctor as he discovers something sinister is lurking in the Wi-Fi." Some smirks have guffaws have been made at these new guys, with more than one reference to Button Moon being made on the internet.

We'll also meet Clara again, which will no doubt add yet another layer to the mystery of who she is. 

UPDATE: Read our spoiler-free episode review here, and take a look at the official BBC synopsis: The Doctor’s search for Clara Oswald brings him to modern day London, where wifi is everywhere. Humanity lives in a wifi 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.

Episode 2 - The Rings of Akhaten 

Not much is known about this story from newcomer to Who and Luther creator, Neil Cross, but we have seen some curious images and moments from it. The first trailer, aired after last year's Christmas Special, revealed a hideous being, not dissimilar to a Syrcorax, in a glass container. The most recent pictures from the BBC have revealed that this chap is known as "The Mummy" and does resemble what could lie beneath the traditional bandaged Mummy we all know. 

Steven Moffat has repeatedly used the word "amazing" to describe the tale and states that it includes the "best alien planet we've ever done". Rumour-wise, some sources suggest the title is "The Rings of Akhaten" and that the Egyptian flavour may well see a return for that nasty Osirian, Sutekh - last seen in the Tom Baker classic, The Pyramids of Mars.

UPDATE: We now know this one's called The Rings of Akhaten. Official BBC synopsis here: 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.


Episode 3 - The Cold War 

Now this little beauty from Mark Gatiss has quite the cast. And quite the returning classic monster. On the cast front, Game of Thrones' Liam Cunningham takes centre stage, as a submarine captain, as does the legend that is David Warner (Tron, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country). Curiously, we don't know anything about his particular character, though some suggest Warner could very well be playing an "Ice Lord". 

But an Ice Lord of what? Well, we know for sure that "classic" Who monsters The Ice Warriors are back, and voiced by Nick Briggs (the man behind the Daleks and Cybermen). The Mars bad boys are at the "heart" of this "base under siege" story, fulfiling a of a "long-term dream" of writer Gatiss. Back to rumours though, and it would appear that the Russian submarine/Ice Warrior story may well be called, The Cold War.

UPDATE: The rumoured title, The Cold War, has been confirmed. Official BBC synopsis here: 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!


Episode 4 - Hide 

And the brilliant guest cast lists just continue! Step up Hollywood star Dougray Scott (Mission Impossible II, My Week With Marilyn) and small screen actress Jessica Raine (Call The Midwife), who will be seen playing Verity Lambert later this year in the Mark Gatiss "genesis of Doctor Who" drama, An Adventure In Space & Time

The former is playing a professor in this second instalment from Neil Cross (though actually finished before his other script in this run of episodes), which has been described by the production team as a "cracking ghost story". Cross himself says, "The challenge was to do something that has never been done before in 50 years of the show," adding that it's the kind of "episode that would have terrified me when I was 9 years old."

UPDATE: Hide is the official title for this one now. BBC synopsis here: 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?


Episode 5 - Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS 

Remember The Invasion of Time? And that amazing romp through the TARDIS? OK, it wasn't that amazing but looks like this time we might just get something slightly better than a shonky looking swimming pool and a Sontaran runaround. 

The Curse of the Black Spot writer, Stephen Thompson, returns for his second Who outing which promises us more of the TARDIS than we've ever seen and some "multi-dimensional geometry". Other than the fact it stars the talented and, if the preview was anything to go by, goggle-wearing Ashley Walters (Inside Men), this one is a mystery (due to the fact that so much filming was behind closed doors). 

Episode 6 - The Crimson Horror 

Mark Gatiss is back, again! And look's who's also returning - Team Vastra! Another returning feature is the fact that there's a factory with the name, Brightwell & Hyman. Sound familiar? No? Anyone? 

Well, eagle-eyed viewers will have noticed that the matchbox that Rory used in The Angels Take Manhattan had Brightwell & Hyman emblazoned on it… 

But the main feature of this tale is surely the fact that Dame Diana Rigg (The Avengers' Emma Peel) has graced Doctor Who with her presence. Not only that, she's brought her daughter, Rachael Stirling (Tipping The Velvet), along for the ride too! It's a period drama that promises scares, though Stirling did describe it as "joyously camp." 

Episode 7 - Nightmare In Silver (previously: The Last Cyberman) 

We say it's called The Last Cyberman but Neil Gaiman might have had a last minute change of mind, if his tweets are anything to by. Anyway, as the title, or not. suggests, the Cybermen are back and as the trailer demonstrated, these guys are a little different to the previous "Cybus" versions seen since 2006. 

The cast are an impressive bunch, featuring Tamzin Outhwaite (Eastenders), Warwick Davis (Return of the Jedi) and the brilliant Jason Watkins (Being Human, Pyschoville). It's set on another planet with Gaiman returning scares to the Cybermen - seems like a challenge that The Doctor's Wife author is more than capable of. 

Episode 8 

Unsurprisingly, very little is actually known about the finale. Fact-wise, Moffat has said it contains "serious fanboy-pleasing" and in the recent press release the show runner said The Doctor's greatest secret would be revealed. But we also know that Team Vastra are back, again, and could this be the episode that Richard E Grant returns too as Dr Simeon?

Also returning, undoubtedly, for the Steven Moffat penned story is Alex Kingston who hinted some time ago she had filmed for this series (with Caro Skinner and Matt Smith also confirming she would return in 2013). Some extras on the shoot have stated that some scenes are set in Victorian Scotland (an era Steven Moffat seems fascinated with).  

More so than any other batch of episodes, this lot are pretty mysterious - and we like it that way. Doctor Who is as memorable for its scares as it is its shocks and twists. Keep 'em coming Cardiff!

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Will the last cyberman be like the last samurai...

It certainly seems that the 'creepy' element has returned going by the premise of some these episodes. Add to that some quality writers giving us some historical and interplanetary settings (personally, I find modern Earth boring), and some enemies of old... it looks very, very promising after the 'meh' of the last two seasons. Frankly, every episode could suck just as long as the Ice Warriors are brilliant!

Theres some really impressive guest stars coming up, not sold on Moff saying the Doctors greatest will secret be revealed in the last episode, hes got a nack for hyping up mediocre twists like saying the Doctor will rise higher than ever before in a good man goes to war he didnt rise that high, Or when he hyped up the wedding of River Song saying Amy would realise the true nature of her relationship with the Doctor, she was his mother in law. The mans just a great big tease!

I am surprised that little has been made of the fact that the Mark Gatiss/Dame Diana Rigg episode is the 100th episode to be broadcast since the show returned in 2005.

I don't think I've ever heard of Celia Imrie being described as "The Phantom Menace actrees Celia Imrie" before. In fact, I didn't even realise she was that Naboo pilot before reading this article.

She's been in so many better things...

Probably don't want to detract from the hype machine from that "other anniversary". Otherwise the Beeb would have been all over it. Either that, or noone is counting.

Most likely some classic Moffat misdirection is being used concerning his season finale as the rumoured title could be as apposite to River Song's history with the Ponds and the Doctor as the soft mystery of the Clara/Oswin character which most fans have been relating it to.I'd appreciate some development of Moffat's overall storyarc of the eleventh Doctors' relationship with the silence since they have to be involved in the fall of the eleventh and i'd sort of expect Moffats memory theme to become more prevalent as the anniversary gets closer.There is much to be positive about,in the little we know about the future episodes considering they will include Silurians,Sontarans,Ice Warriors and Cybermen and i'm expecting better quality writing from the programme's other contributors this time .Wish i could be more optimistic about the TARDIS episode but the way Thomson wrote it out of his plot in his previous story and treated it generally really annoyed me.At least there 's another new female villain in a story to compare with Kovarian,Adastra,Winters,the wire and the Cessair of Diplos and Diana Rigg is playing her.

The thing in the glass container looks a lot more like a Draconian than a Sycorax.

I'm so looking forward to 'Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS', 'The Doctor's Wife' and Adventure Game 'TARDIS' were a bit of a let down for me because I was looking forward to more TARDIS than just the control room and some corridors.
About episodes 2 and 3: ep 2 may be on Mars and ep 3 features Ice Warriors who originate from Mars. Series 7 hasn't done it yet, but may this two eps be strongly connected?

Really excited, although Team Vastra kinda annoys me. Anyway, Warwick Daviisssss!!!

What would be "serious fanboy-pleasing" to this fanboy would be if Moffat got around to wrapping up all the plot threads he's left dangling, and did so in a way that didn't feel like hasty last-minute improvisation tossed over the shoulder while rushing to the next thing. Sadly, I don't expect this. He's been superb at building up suspense but the payoff invariably ends up making me think "All the buildup was for THAT?"

Shouldn't that be "Rings of Akhenaten", the shape of the head does have the same rough shape as how Akhenaten was often portrayed?

What do we know about Doctor Who series 7 Part 2 ???

That it should have been on last year after series 7 part one, and Series 7 Part 2 should be series 8.

And it should be on in Septemeber / Winter like they said it was going to be last year.

End of.

As Gene Hunt would say.

Devious, underhanded, cost cutting, lying, cheating BBC / Moffat - Delete as you see fit...

It wouldn't surprise me if there were some oblique reference within the episode itself a la the 40th birthday party in the first cyberman story of the new run (supposedly included as a reference to the 40th anniversary of the cybermen themselves).

Or was that a 39th birthday party?

Yes, it will. I managed to read the script and in it the Doctor heads to a time period in which humans are fighting Cybermen. He then trains them up and they go to battle where the Doctor manages to kill a Cyberman and the entire human company is killed in retribution. The Doctor is about to be killed as well, but proves his Cyberman spirit. He is then taken to a peaceful little Cyberman village where he learns their ways and becomes smitten with the Cyberman he killed's widow. After a final stand where all of the Cyberman are killed, the humans regret their actions and decide to honour all of the Cybermen. The Doctor then lives out the rest of his days with the widow of his cybervictim.

(To the those who have a broken sarcasm detector or simply have not seen the Last Samurai, that was the plot of the Last Samurai.)

"Every Dalek ever!"

Long as Mr Smith doesn't leave anytime within the next 5 years I'm happy :-)

I certainly hope that we will see Alex KIngston in more than just the one episode!


Sutekh Would make for a Epic Return !!!! even if i feel a story with him and as many Doctors for the 50th would be Better.... Sutekh Vs the 10th Doctor Would be Epic and Capt Jack there to help the Doctor :D

She's probably most proud of being in the Phantom Menace though. We all wish we could say we were part of that masterpiece.

I suppose we should be grateful we didn't get: Diana Rigg ("Hazard of Hearts").

I thought it was "Answer Time Lord" ;)

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