Doctor Who: new footage, episode titles and posters

News Louisa Mellor 18 Mar 2013 - 08:14

Step this way for a veritable cornucopia of Doctor Who series 7B goodness. Posters, trailers, new episode titles, the lot...

Technically, this post marks our spill-point for Doctor Who series 7 stories today, any more and we'll find ourselves in contravention of several internet-based Who capacity laws. Sadly, that means if Matt Smith quits this afternoon and Steven Moffat announces that he's doing the entirety of series 8 as an animated musical, we won't be able to report on it. 

We'll take the risk however, to bring you this bonny bunch of new series 7 episode posters (featuring some until-now-unconfirmed episode titles), synopses, The Bells of St John promo pictures, and the snippets of new footage in this official BBC America series 7B trailer. Fill your stompy Cybermen boots...



 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.

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. 

 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!

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? 


Read our spoiler-free review of forthcoming episode, The Bells of St John, here. Doctor Who returns to BBC One on Saturday the 30th of March.


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Going to be another brilliant series, can't wait!

Sounds great although I'm a little worried about Cold War. Love the Hide poster.

Shouldn't that be 'going to be a continuation of the same brilliant series (the way the BBC count)'. OK, doesn't sound so snappy.

I LOVE the new purple coat!

BBC America does a nice trailer. With the customary trailer things ... perspective, shots that last more than 0.7 seconds, coherence, and so on.

The season opener sounds very promising, a little like a take-off on an early William Gibson short story.

The Russian submarine ep sounds very tasty. Sounds a little like a season 1 X-Files episode, as well as that movie that got made a few times about a thing-a-ma-bob. Since 1983 was at the height of the Cold War and the Soviet Navy was not an especially trusting bunch, the Doctor and Clara will have their work cut out for them.

It is great seeing these synopses appearing, but it does feel like things are coming together late on this season/series/half-season what have you.

By this point last time around, the BBC had released a longer trailer than this, much less the TV spot they just put out, and I think we had more of a sense all around about the shape of things to come.

Prepare for a lot of Oswin's...

I love the Doctor's new look. It looks very classic Doctor to me. A bit of Hartnell and Toughton really. I also rather like the look of Clara as well. I am really looking forward to this.

LOVE the costumes!!! OMG finally: not only a brunette companion but one who dresses like me too (yes, Glenn Davis, I'll be buying that outfit.) Clara will be Sarah-Jane all over again, with a twist and a tweak. I wouldn't be so excited over the clothes except that Amy's (and Rose's) costumes nearly always made me cringe (along with the 11th Doctor's).

And LOL Louisa: if there's ever an animated musical in the works, I vote RTD should write and direct it! Music by Murray Gold, of course. If all goes well, it will make the jump to live theater and tour around the world for years.... ;-)

I do think "Cold War" sounds a bit too close to several X-Files plots (I could be a total geek and name them... however, I shall refrain!), not to mention several movie plots. I hope it's done VERY differently from all of them.

You mean Mulder, in the Arctic, in a submarine, with the Alien Bounty Hunter impersonating an officer, perhaps? (And Scully to the rescue?)

Presumably the Doctor and Clara won't have to take a snowcat to get to the sub, having the advantage of having the Tardis simply materialize in the wardroom or something ...

These posters really irk me, completely pointless imo. Still, it's good to have it back finally.

LOL: you've reminded me of the first-movie snowcat gas snafu! You do realize the TARDIS was the REAL way M&S got home... that part just got left on the cutting-room floor due to who owns which rights to what franchise... ;-)

Here's an excerpt. Doctor to Scully: "You've just seen--and been held captive in--an enormous spaceship, yet you don't believe a blue phone box can take you home?"

Scully: "I don't know what I saw... but if you can get us to a hospital fast I'll believe anything you say."

Doctor: (rolling his eyes) "And you call yourself a scientist? A doctor? Who do you think you're kidding?"

Still resisting naming particular episodes, but besides the ones you mention and the first movie, there's the age-acceleration ship, the ancient ice-core samples, the flukeworm... etc...

Right! Ah, Scully. Love her, but she drove me a bit nuts at times by denying/forgetting/being unconscious for what had just been right in front of her.

The very first episode I thought of in this regard was the great season 1 ep with the ancient ice core science outpost in the Arctic. That was the first XF episode that I thought really rocked from the standpoint of having the potential for the show to catch on in a big way.

Then the US Navy ship in the North Sea or whatever ... The fluke worm, too, because that was er "waste" from a Russian ship -- carrying stuff from Chernobyl! (What could possibly go wrong?)

That was such a great episode, early Season 2 when you could see the show really coming together and taking off with a larger audience.

You know, we're not off topic by veering into X-Files, because at the heart of TXF was the friendship between M&S: how they challenged each other, how Mulder was a bit alien-like himself, how Scully's life was transformed, how they always ran off to look for new things and got into trouble... it's not much different from a good Doctor/companion relationship. Which explains, to me anyway, why many folks HATED the idea of M&S getting romantic.

As a side note, I was so excited to discover Doctor Who in 2006--never thought lightning would strike twice. Meaning... once TXF finished, I didn't think any TV show would thoroughly morph me into a fangirl ever again. Boy, was I wrong. And I'm very glad I was wrong.

I agree. And those are great insights!

Thanks! You know SF/fantasy writers... we can't help having insights. ;-) Nice talking with you.

You're very welcome. I enjoyed it, as well. What should I be on the lookout for?

Awesome posters (Hide is my favourite), great costumes, a collection of interesting episode synopses, promo pictures AND a trailer... I'm so excited! :D

I don't dare say: someone might steal the central concepts before I even land an agent. To be vague, my big project is a YA fantasy series, a hero's journey in a classic but accessible style. It isn't giving anything away to say that "Christmas Carol" was the closest Who plot to mine because it's still VERY different overall. No flying sharks, for example....

(Sorry DoG for going off-topic...*begs forgiveness*)

That sounds quite promising! Anything along the lines of the Christmas Carol show is terrific in my book. But while you may be able to make do without the flying shark, you must have the duet with Sinatra ...

every season of doctor who is great.i hope this one is going to be great too.

does every episode have a poster style image like these?

i know series 1-4 had special images like the atachment i just added, does 5-7 also have these?

Does anyone know what Clara's laptop is?

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