It's the penultimate episode and for Series 7, it's the return of the ...
... Cybermen. Yeah, okay, I'll admit that I would rather see the Master at this point (50th anniversary please?) but it seems that when he isn't writing impressive stories about the TARDIS (boy, does Stephen Thompson's episode have a lot to live up to this year), Neil Gaiman is also penning ones about the Doctor's second deadliest of foes. The best part about this story will be the fact that it's set on a mysterious planet. Finally, we get a Cybermen story that isn't set on Earth in the modern series.
The episode will have a slew of guest stars including Calvin Dean (Tormented) playing a character called Ha-Ha and Tamzin Outhwaite (EastEnders) playing Captain Alice. There's also the likes of Jason Watkins (Being Human) and Warwick Davis (Willow) as well, though the nature of their roles haven't been confirmed beyond them all being a band of misfits that the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) encounter in the episode.
Neil Gaiman himself has recently been praising newcomer, Jenna-Louise Coleman as well - I’m telling you nothing about Jenna. Other than I loved writing dialogue
for her, and I loved hearing her say it at the table read. Speaking of the actress, fans next week should tune into Children In Need on BBC1 around 8.30pm on Friday, November 16th as an exclusive scene and a trailer from this year Christmas special will be airing. Hopefully this means that Moffat and company will not only confirm the name of this year's special (rumoured to be loosely based on The Snowman) but also the name of the companion at long last.
BBC Press Release: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/articles/Confirmed-for-2013-Cybermen-and-Stellar-Cast
Doctor Who returns on Christmas Day with the second half of Series 7 due to air in Spring 2013.