Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Doctor Who - Series 7B Titles/Spoilers Update

It's four days until the second half of Series 7 airs and this is the last Doctor Who related blog I'll post until seeing The Bells Of Saint John, so here's a rundown of what Steven Moffat revealed to Radio Times about the upcoming episodes.

7x07: The Bells Of Saint John

Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Colm McCarthy

It's the one where the Doctor finds Modern Clara and they do battle with a wifi-soup, the Spoonheads, the sinister Miss Kizlet (Celia Imrie) and her client, which has also been leaked. The episode also features a monk named Paul (Sean Knopp) asking about Clara as well but mostly, this episode is present day London based with particular emphasis on the likes of Westminster Bridge and the Shard.

7x08: The Rings Of Akhaten

Written by Neil Cross
Directed by Farren Blackburn

It's the episode where the Doctor takes Clara to her first planet and it's the debut of the rather sinister Vigil, who are guarding an even creepier mummy. It's also the debut of Neil Cross to the series as well as a writer and in the latest Radio Times, Jenna-Louise Coleman has classed this episode as one of her favourites as well. The little girl in the picture is the Queen of Years and there's a sacrifice to be made in this one too.

7x09: Cold War

Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

It's the return of the Ice Warriors on board a Russian submarine in 1983 in a rather tense and claustrophobic episode after it's found under a polar ice cap. Initially Moffat had to be persuaded for the Ice Warriors to return but Gatiss managed to get his way on the matter. Guest starring in the episode are Liam Cunningham as Captain Zhukov and David Warner as Professor Grisenko.

7x10: Hide

Written by Neil Cross
Directed by Jamie Payne

A spooky, romantic story set within a haunted house, the Doctor and Clara team up with Jessica Raine's psychic Emma Grayling and Dougray Scott's professor Alec Palmer in order to find the witch in the well. Moffat has stated that there are two gorgeous love stories in this one. I assume Emma and Alec are one but who's the second one? The Doctor and Clara? Nah, too obvious.

7x11: Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS

Written by Stephen Thompson
Directed by Mat King

You just know this is going to be the most scrutinised episode of the second half of Series 7 (aside from the last two) but once again, Moffat has promised this episode will explore a lot of the TARDIS than we've seen in quite a while. Ashley Walters is playing the role of Gregor Van Baalen in this one.

7x12: The Crimson Horror

Written by Mark Gatiss
Directed by Saul Metzstein

Let's face it - in less than a year, Vastra, Jenny and Strax's popularity has spiked big time and we've already gotten three prequels involving them and this episode is actually more about their investigation of the sinister Mrs Gillyflower and Ada, played by real life mother and daughter, Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling, with the Doctor and Clara accidentally crossing paths with the Paternoster Gang.

7x13: Nightmare In Silver

Written by Neil Gaiman
Directed by Stephen Woolfenden

Originally this was called The Last Cybermen but writer Neil Gaiman did mention he had a better title for it and clearly he wasn't lying about that. Apparently this episode will make the Cybermen properly scary again and the guest cast does include Tamzin Outhwaite as Captain, Jason Watkins as Mr Webley and Warwick Davis as Porridge.

7x14: The Finale

Written by Steven Moffat
Directed by Saul Metzstein

Not the actual title of the episode as Moffat is holding onto this one for a bit longer but this episode will see the returns of both the Paternoster Gang and River, feature scenes in Victorian Scotland, hopefully solve the mystery that is Clara Oswin Oswald as well as debuting the sinister Whispermen and serve as a lead in to the 50th anniversary. Now that will be a lot to accomplish in 45 minutes, won't it?

On top of that, two new prequel scenes have been released as well. The first one tackles the Doctor's quest for trying to find Clara while the second one deals with solving the mystery of Strax surviving Demon's Run.

The Bells Of Saint John Prequel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IROtC6cAT4
Demon's Run: Two Days Later: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ub9KmMB7Yyk

Series 7 of Doctor Who returns this Saturday at 6.15pm on BBC1.

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