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Details of new Doctor Who episodes revealed

Details of new Doctor Who episodes revealed

From The BBC Press office…

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.

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 showโ€™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 Roryโ€™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: โ€œDinosaurs 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.

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



  • Jason doctorwhoone

    July 23rd, 2012 - 8:25am

    This is not strictly anything to do with Doctor Who, but today I uploaded this J.J. Abram’s Star Trek style Doctor Who poster and thought maybe it could be used to promote the upcoming series.

    Hope you all like it –

  • Vinny

    July 22nd, 2012 - 3:54am

    I know we are all interested in the titles, being fans of the show, but seriously, sme of you have to calm down, analyzing the titles…

    I mean, some of the best titles have come from the Moffett era…Let’s Kill Hitler…Silence in the Library…Blink…all Moffett shows…so, freaking out over Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, which sounds like a homage to Snakes on a Plane, makes no sense to me…it’s JUST. A. TITLE.

  • WHO1

    July 21st, 2012 - 10:53pm

    There is a possibility that the new series could start on the 25th Auguest as the new series of Merlin should start a week after the first half of Doctor Who. Whether or not this is true is a different matter but it is a therory.

    • GreenAnchorRedWaterfall

      July 24th, 2012 - 8:35am

      Y’see, I think it’s on the 18th.

      14th is the premiere, (Tuesday) and 8th is the nearest Saturday. Theory over!

    • Anonymous

      July 24th, 2012 - 8:47am

      I doubt it’ll be the 18th. It’s a bit too soon after the premiere and there’d be no point in the premiere at the Edinburgh TV Festival the following week. ๐Ÿ™‚


    July 20th, 2012 - 12:04pm

    i think it’s really stupid how long they have made us wait for doctor who this year and with only one extremely short trailer they really havnt done this well I mean I’m actually getting angry how long we have had to wait and not even a decent trailer ! >:(

    • Scott

      July 20th, 2012 - 5:42pm

      i know what you mean, tbh the advert was pretty boring, it didn’t really tell us much apart from that there are daleks and cowboys


      July 20th, 2012 - 7:10pm

      And the dalek episode is the first one and all we saw was a eye coming out the snow !

    • Give me a Dalek any day

      July 20th, 2012 - 8:00pm

      We only saw that clip of Asylum of the Daleks because it was the only part of the epiosde filmed when the trailer was released. The same goes for Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and A Town Called Mercy. There were only clips from those episodes becuase they had only just been filmed. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      July 21st, 2012 - 7:19am

      According to something I read recently, Matt Smith says the new series starts next month, but most other things Ive read say September

    • the astronaut of death

      July 22nd, 2012 - 8:06pm

      matt smith has confirmed series 7 will air in augest

  • The 14th Doctor

    July 19th, 2012 - 2:36pm

    I hope Moffat dosen’t ruin it, because it looks set to be really good. I think that episode one might be a bit of a let down, I just don’t think one episode is long enough for a Dalek story. (Apart from “Dalek” which was fantastic.) Episode 2 I think will be average and I’m expecting good things from episode 3 4 and 5

    PS, whoever is moderating these comments, I’d like to apologise for my previous and now deleted input to this discussion, it was meant as a joke, but looking back it was completely inappropriate.

    • Dalek Marsh

      July 31st, 2012 - 6:10pm

      My dream wish is to have a full on serious dalek war…abit like ‘falling skies’ of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ BUT WITH DALEKS in its own spin off series, or a big budget cinema release. Keep wishing!

  • Luke

    July 18th, 2012 - 1:40pm

    fantastic, can’t wait for series 7 to start!

  • Don’t diss the Sonic!!!

    July 17th, 2012 - 11:07pm

    I like the first epsidoe title, it sounds like theres a big messgae behind it and if there is going to be a big fight between all the daleks then that would be great. The title for the second epsiode is a bit cheesy but after reading it a few times i began to laugh a bit and it does sound quiet exciting and there definetely is more than meets the eye with this epsidoe i bet. Are you kidding me, a five year old could have thought of a better title
    for epsiode three. Steven Moffat would have thought of a much better title if he was writing it. Im glad it isn’t called “The Gunslingers” but the title still doesn’t sound like its been thought through much; apart from the title it looks like an awsome epsidoe and i think it should be a two parter. They must be exetending the time for the episodes
    because not only does a lot of freaking crazy and awusome stuff happen in teh third epsiode
    but the Doctors jacket changes, so unless its a two parter or soemthing just happens to his jacket and its like “The Curse of The Black Spot” where he becomes almost powerless and has to stay over night in the ship, the epsidoes must be longer than before. If the fourth epsiode is called “Cubed” it better be a bloody good epsiode or i will be pissed of and come on, cubes that make people sick (not confirmed), anyone could think of that. Really looking forward to ponds last epsidoe. “The Crimson Horror” and “Phantoms of the Hex” sound really good; i’m glad that it seems that an epsidoe will be a proper vicotrian episode and I’m glad some of “the team to save amy” ( i know thats a terrilble name for them) are coming back. I think the victorian episode will be interesting and will be easy to make. I really want Danny Boy and Captain Avery and his men and Canton to come back. Finally, if i hear anyone dissing the daleks in any way or any of Steven Moffats epsiodes and they call themsleves a Whovian then i think they should
    think again (don’t take it to heart or
    anything but take a note of it).

    • The 14th Doctor

      July 19th, 2012 - 2:40pm

      I think Cubed is going to be similar to Spearhead From Space. That’s what I straight away think when I read about the episode.

  • Anonymous

    July 17th, 2012 - 9:17pm

    Episode 5 will be called Angels of New York has anyone heard this before?

    • Don’t diss the Sonic!!!

      July 17th, 2012 - 10:43pm

      I don’t llike the sound of “Angels of New York” I would like a bigger message behind it, not so specific, “The Doctors Wife” is a good example of having a good message behind it. I like the first episode title; it seems like theres a message behind that and if what people say are correct and there will be a big fight between the daleks then that would be brilliant. The second episode is a bit chessy but after reading it a few times i started to make me laugh a bit and it sounds like a really exciting epsiode but theres definetley more to it than meets the eye. Are you kidding me; a five year old could have thought of that title for episode three; Steven Moffat could have thought of a way better one. I’m glad the third epsidoe isn’t called “The Gunslingers” like some people said but i still don’t think it was thought through that much. If the fourth epsiode is called “Cubed” then it better be a bloody good epsiode or i will be so pissed off.”The Crimson Horror” and “Phantom of the Hex” sound good; I’m glad that it seems that Doctor Who will do a proper victorian epsiode because i think it would be quite interesting and it would be easy to do. Also, im glad that some of the “save Amy team” (i know thats a terrible name for them) will be back. I would also like Danny Boy and Captsin Avery and his men to come back. Finally, if i hear anyone dissing the daleks in any way and they call themselves a whovian then i think they should think again (try not take that too close to heart or anything but take note of it).

    • The Eternal Dalek

      July 18th, 2012 - 12:59pm

      Where have you heard official confirmation? Nowhere. It could be anything.

  • the astronaut of death

    July 17th, 2012 - 7:18pm

    i think dinosaurs on a spaceship is more of a BIG but WOW title

  • Commander Strax

    July 17th, 2012 - 6:23pm

    1.ALYSUM OF THE DALEKS- its okay, but does it always have to end with of the daleks?
    2.DINOSAURS ON A SPACE SHIP- seriously!? (but could we see the return of the third doctor dinosaurs ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    3.A TOWN CALLED MERCY- epic and clever.

    • Esterath

      July 17th, 2012 - 7:40pm

      Oh my god! You call yourself a Whovian and you don’t know that all Dalek eps end with ‘of the Daleks’? It’s a tradition.

    • happiness will prevail

      July 17th, 2012 - 7:50pm

      er actually they dont what about The chase

    • the astronaut of death

      July 17th, 2012 - 8:05pm

      here is a list of every dalek episode


      .The Dalek Invasion of Earth

      .The Chase

      .Dalek Cutaway

      .The Dalek Master Plan

      .The Power of the Daleks

      .The Evil of the Daleks

      .day of the Daleks

      .Frontier in Space

      .Planet of the Daleks

      .to the Daleks

      .Genesis of the Daleks

      .Destiny of the Daleks

      .Resurrection of the Daleks

      .Revelation of the Daleks

      .Remembrance of the Daleks


      .Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways

      .Army of Ghosts/Doomsday

      .Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks

      .The Stolen Earth/Journeys End

      .Victory of the Daleks

      .Asylum Of The Daleks

      so not ALL dalek episodes end with
      ,of the daleks,

    • Commander Strax

      July 18th, 2012 - 4:20pm

      I was saying that most of them are.

  • Whovian100

    July 17th, 2012 - 4:14pm

    Series 7: Episode Guide

    (Part 1)

    1. Asylum of the Daleks
    2. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
    3. A Town Called Mercy
    4. Cubed (TBC)
    5. T.B.C (With Weeping Angels)

    The Christmas Special

    (Part 2)

    6. TBC
    7. TBC
    8. TBC
    9. The Crimson Horror
    10. TBC
    11. Phantoms of the Hex
    12. TBC
    13. TBC

    • Anonymous

      July 17th, 2012 - 5:04pm

      is there going to be the 8 episodes and another series next year?

    • booboo

      July 17th, 2012 - 5:05pm

      i thought there was going to be more than the 8

    • cybob33

      July 17th, 2012 - 5:16pm

      omg spoiler…
      madame vastra is returning in what is said to be the crimson horror episode!!!

    • Dr who who

      July 17th, 2012 - 6:46pm

      Yes , Madame vaste, Jenny and commander srax, sontarran from a good mam goes to war is revealed to be returning as they are just filming that episode about now.

    • the astronaut of death

      July 17th, 2012 - 7:19pm

      i think series 7 part 2 sounds rather dark

    • Esterath

      July 17th, 2012 - 7:43pm

      Really? How come?

    • the astronaut of death

      July 17th, 2012 - 8:18pm

      well phantoms of the hex sound a bit horror

      and the crinsom terror sounds like a dark story book

      but you never know episode 2 of series 7 part 2 could be called

      the rainbow car

    • The Eternal Dalek

      July 18th, 2012 - 1:02pm

      Some sources are claiming that ‘The Crimson Horror’ is Episode 10 of the seventh series, but official sources claim it is Episode 9, so there’s a little confusion in our midst.

    • Whovian100

      August 3rd, 2012 - 11:04am

      Apparently after Series 7 Part 2 is finished there will be a Series of Specials for the 50th Anniversary! That means that there will be no Series 8 until Summer 2014!

      P.S: Moffat is still denying Doctor Who Movie

    • booboo

      August 3rd, 2012 - 11:07am

      they are not they source, in side TV is

  • Harold Saxon

    July 17th, 2012 - 2:28pm

    excited cited,sounds interesting!

  • Jason doctorwhoone

    July 17th, 2012 - 7:35am

    Sorry to whoever came up with the title ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, but that is such a lame title, and clearly a twist of the film title ‘Snakes on a Plane’ starring Star Wars actor Samuel L. Jackson.

  • dr who fan 4 ever

    July 16th, 2012 - 10:10pm

    apparantly the 4th ep is called cubed

    • Commander Strax

      July 17th, 2012 - 6:15pm

      thats a working title.

  • dalekmaster17

    July 16th, 2012 - 8:57pm

    looking on wiki at a list of doctor who serials and ep 4 part 1 out of 2 is called Cubed and is Amy and Rory’s final episode will take place in New York and feature the Weeping Angels


    July 16th, 2012 - 7:56pm

    wasn’t sure where to put this but on the virgin media video section there are videos of matt karen and arthur talking about leaving.

  • Give me a Dalek any day

    July 16th, 2012 - 4:58pm

    Can’t wait for Series 7! These episodes sound amazing! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Doctordredd67

    July 16th, 2012 - 4:31pm

    Five episodes then the xmas special???

    That seems to me that the new series doesn’t start until late october/early november.
    Too far away yet. ๐Ÿ™

    If only I had a time machine! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Trailers please!

    • TNDNR

      July 16th, 2012 - 5:32pm

      Actually, the start date of 25th August has been all but confirmed thanks to Merlin’s start date of 29th September being revealed as a week after the first run of 5 episodes end. This could easily change though.

      So it goes 25th August to 22nd September then a 3 month gap until the Christmas special if those details are right.

    • Anonymous

      July 16th, 2012 - 6:48pm

      Not necessarily, there is evidence pointing towards the 1st of September so we will need to wair to see what happens nearer the time.

    • the astronaut of death

      July 16th, 2012 - 6:53pm

      acually matt smith has CONFIRMED doctor who series 7 will air in augest

    • booboo

      July 16th, 2012 - 7:32pm

      the BBC dont decide exact schedules until about 2 weeks before braodcast

    • Commander Strax

      July 17th, 2012 - 6:16pm

      September the 1st? my birthday!

  • Anonymous

    July 16th, 2012 - 4:12pm

    dinosaurs on a spaceship looks awful even though i love dinosaurs

    • Jason doctorwhoone

      July 17th, 2012 - 7:33am

      Don’t you mean sounds awful ?.

  • Jake

    July 16th, 2012 - 4:10pm

    It seems a town called mercy is being put on the spot light and has had a bit more money on it than the rest of the series and seems its attempting to be a big episode but im not so convinced that it’s going to be all that good.
    So can you tell me if I’m going mad or whether I’m physic like an ood.
    Thanks, JAKE.

    • The Eternal Dalek

      July 18th, 2012 - 1:11pm

      That’s not correct at all. Both Dinosaurs on a Spaceship and Asylum of the Daleks blow A Town Called Mercy out of the water with the amount of money and time put into them.
      A Town Called Mercy was purely locational filming; the two others relied on heavy CGI, and set design, among more.

  • the astronaut of death

    July 16th, 2012 - 3:44pm

    sounds the best series yet

  • Dalek Strategist

    July 16th, 2012 - 3:14pm

    Assylum Of The Daleks, Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, A Town Called Mercy…. The new season sounds epic, and if Moffat screws it up, I’ll murder him with a double-sided battle-axe.

    • Anon

      July 16th, 2012 - 6:33pm

      I said that about the xmas special after the abomination that was the series 6 story arc.

  • mechas8n

    July 16th, 2012 - 12:52pm

    Meh Red Dwarf did it first, they had a great western episode and devolved a sparrow into a T-Rex.

    Just kidding.

    Looking forward to the new series. Ad word as to WHEN it will pop up?

  • The master

    July 16th, 2012 - 12:04pm

    cant wait to see what they have done with Dinosaurs On A Spaceship

  • David

    July 16th, 2012 - 12:04pm

    Sounds amazing, biggest set as well


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