UPDATED: New details of Doctor Who series 7

The BBC has issued an official update on Doctor Who series 7, with some new details in it, including the title of episode three, and words from Steven Moffat...

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At Comic-Con over the weekend, we learned that the second episode of the upcoming Doctor Who series 7 would be entitled Dinosaurs On A Spaceship. The BBC has now confirmed the news, and in a new press update, has also confirmed the title of the third episode in the new series.

Thus, series 7 will kick off with Asylum Of The Daleks, by Steven Moffat. Then it’s Chris Chibnall’s story, Dinosaurs On A Spaceship. And the third episode, penned by Toby Whithouse, is set to be called A Town Called Mercy. Mark Williams’ exact role in the new series has also been confirmed, so look away if you don’t want any spoilers…

Here’s the full statement:

Doctor Who is set to take on one of his biggest monsters to date, as the BBC announces at ComicCon that episode two of the new series will be called Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, with episode three confirmed as A Town Called Mercy.

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Requiring one of the largest sets to date to house the prehistoric creatures, Dinosaurs On A Spaceship will follow the equally epic Asylum Of The Daleks, which kicks-off the show’s highly anticipated return to BBC One in the autumn.

Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy and Arthur Darvill as Rory, the episode will also co-star Mark Williams from the Fast Show as Rory’s dad, Brian, and Rupert Graves from Sherlock. Dinosaurs On A Spaceship was written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Saul Metzstein.

The BBC also confirmed today that episode three, filmed on location in Spain, will be a western entitled A Town Called Mercy. Written by Toby Whithouse and again directed by Saul Metzstein, the episode co-stars Adrian Scarborough and Ben Browder.

Steven Moffat, Head Writer and Executive Producer, said: “Dinosaurs On A Spaceship – what more do you need! The Doctor will come face to face with some of the most monstrous creatures evolution has ever produced, on some of the most monstrous sets we’ve ever built. We took one look at Chris Chibnall’s brilliant script and said to ourselves ‘We’re going to need a bigger corridor’.

“And Toby Whithouse’s A Town Called Mercy takes us into a genre Doctor Who hasn’t attempted since the Sixties – it’s a full blooded western. We knew from the start we need some serious location shooting for this one, and given the most iconic American setting imaginable, there was only one place to go – Spain.”

Both episodes were shot earlier this year, with Dinosaurs On A Spaceship filmed in Cardiff.

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The show returns with a run of five followed by the Christmas special and a further eight episodes in 2013.”

UPDATE: Also, at Comic-Con over the weekend it was revealed that the fourth episode of the new series will go by the name Cubed.This one’s also been written by Chris Chibnall.

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