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The Doctor Returns With Four New Epic Adventures

The Doctor returns to BBC One with four new epic adventures

From The BBC Press office…

Doctor Who Episode 6: The Bells Of St John

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.

Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner

Directed by Colm McCarthy

Written by Steven Moffat

Produced by Denise Paul

Series produced by Marcus Wilson


Episode 7: The Rings Of Akhaten

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.

Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner

Directed by Farren Blackburn

Written by Neil Cross

Produced by Denise Paul

Series produced by Marcus Wilson


Episode 8: Cold War

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!

Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner

Directed by Douglas Mackinnon

Written by Mark Gatiss

Produced by Marcus Wilson


Episode 9: Hide

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?

Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner

Directed by Jamie Payne

Written by Neil Cross

Produced by Marcus Wilson


Interview with Steven Moffat

Lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat gives us an insight into the monsters and adventures that we can expect from the new series.

So it’s back and with a James Bond-esque urban thriller. Why did you decide to kick-off the new series with a very modern day threat?

It was Marcus Wilson’s idea. We were discussing how the first episode of the second run would probably be a contemporary Earth adventure, so the Doctor could meet the modern day Clara – and anyway, I wanted to do Wi-Fi monsters – and Marcus suggested we do a proper urban thriller. The Doctor can never be Bond or Bourne – but if he tried it might look a bit like this.

What else can we expect from the new series?

A haunted house, a submarine, a planet with cool rings, Victorian Yorkshire, a journey to the centre of the TARDIS, Dame Diana Rigg and her daughter Rachael Stirling together on screen for the first time, new Cybermen, and the Doctor’s greatest secret revealed.

You are bringing back a couple of classic monsters with the Cybermen and Ice Warriors, are there any new ones to look out for?

Plenty of new monsters! Watch out for the Spoonheads, the Whispermen, and – my favourite – the Vigil. Oh and Neil Gaiman has done something horrible with the Cybermen!

We finally get to meet the Clara that will travel with the Doctor across the series’ eight epic adventures. Can you tell us a little bit about her character?

You’ve sort of met her, but you sort of haven’t. The same shed load of attitude you saw before, the same rapid-fire banter with the Doctor, but this time she’s living in modern London with no memory of the Time Lord!

How has the dynamic of the relationship between the Doctor and his companion changed since the introduction of Clara?

It’s all new for the Doctor – this time the greatest mystery in the universe is standing right next to him.

What was it about Jenna that made you decide she would be right fit for the role of the new companion?

Casting is a funny process – the right people sort of choose themselves. It happened with Matt a long time ago, and when we saw him bantering with Jenna it happened again. Auditions start with you telling the actor about the character – sometimes they end with the actor telling you. That’s what happened with Jenna!

A ghost story, a period drama to end all period dramas and an underwater siege, was it intentional to go as big as possible with this series in the year of the 50th?

We try to make every year the biggest possible, but when you see that big, glittering 50 hanging above you, you start trying even harder. I’ve been a fan all by my life and I know we have to deliver!



  • PedroPete

    April 2nd, 2013 - 2:35pm

    Hide is on my birthday! 🙂 so excited. I am looking forward to Journey to the Centre of the Tardis aswell!

    What stories are you lot looking forward to?

  • matt smith

    March 25th, 2013 - 9:33pm

    I can’t matt smith

  • Harold Saxon

    March 21st, 2013 - 1:07am

    why only 4 and not 8 episodes?


      March 21st, 2013 - 7:46am

      There is 8 final episodes to series 7 mate, but right now we’re just being treated to some film style posters of the upcoming 4 episodes and what each one is about.

    • N.o 1 doctor who fan

      March 22nd, 2013 - 9:08pm

      I can’t wait till series7 part 2 I’m counting down

  • Harold Saxon

    March 21st, 2013 - 1:05am

    four?i thought it was 8 episodes in this run culminating with episode 14 finale?

  • The cyber lord

    March 20th, 2013 - 8:13am

    Wow this look awesome (and a little scary)

  • cyberman2

    March 19th, 2013 - 7:59pm

    Hide sounds absolutely scary

  • outnumbered

    March 19th, 2013 - 5:57pm

    the doctors secret better not be said


      March 20th, 2013 - 8:22am

      Course it won’t. It’s a Moffat wind up.

    • Anonymous

      March 25th, 2013 - 9:31pm


  • The TARDIS

    March 19th, 2013 - 4:48pm

    Is there anywhere we can download these as wallpapers?


      March 19th, 2013 - 4:53pm

      You can just copy and save them onto your Computer / Laptop, or just click the right hand button on your computer mouse and then select ‘Set As Desktop Background’.

    • The TARDIS

      March 19th, 2013 - 4:57pm

      Yeah, I tried that but it’s really pixellated and squashed.

    • joe

      March 19th, 2013 - 5:00pm

      look for a higher quality version (try google images)


    March 19th, 2013 - 11:35am

    The Crimson Horror will be the 100th episode of brand new Doctor Who since the shows return with ‘Rose’ in 2005.

    Just a bit of a pity that ‘Journey to the Centre of the Tardis’ will be just before the aforementioned episode at No.99, cos if the upcoming Tardis episode was the 100th instead then I would feel that it would have been a hugh thank you to everyone who has worked on the show since series 1 as a thank you to us fan’s have have watched the new series since day 1 with ‘Rose’ up until now.

    Here’s to the next 100 episodes after ‘The Crimson Horror’ !!!!!!!!!!! 😀

  • Anonymous

    March 19th, 2013 - 11:31am

    I hope the daleks return for the series final

    I mean come on its the 50th aniversary year there the doctors arch enemies and they were the first ever dr who monsters so in my opion they should return for the second half

    • matt smith

      March 25th, 2013 - 9:34pm


  • The doctor

    March 19th, 2013 - 6:49am

    The whispermen maybe the trickster faced people

    • Anonymous

      March 19th, 2013 - 11:29am

      probably although it is the 50th aniversary year so in my opinion if it is and aniversary year than ever episode has to have loads of continuaty refferences and old monsters and companions returning( like attack of the cybermen)

  • Doctor Stu

    March 18th, 2013 - 9:11pm

    Is it just me who thinks Clara looks like Amy in picture 2?

    • Scott the Raptor

      March 18th, 2013 - 9:55pm

      That is not Amy. That is Clara.

    • Doctor Stu

      March 18th, 2013 - 10:16pm

      I know i just think it looks like her

  • Steampunk Doctor

    March 18th, 2013 - 8:09pm

    When will episode 10-13 be then ?

    • John Smith

      March 19th, 2013 - 8:18am

      Yeah, why the hell isn’t there any sing of the Last Cybermen? Or the season finale? Maybe they’re trying to cover them up? I seriously hope they don’t decide to split up the seasons again for some random reason!


      March 19th, 2013 - 10:04am

      Don’t worry guys, we’ll soon seen posters and titles for the last of the 8 upcoming episodes.

      If there was gonna be a split between these last 8, then obviously we’d have known about it by now.

    • the astronaut of death

      March 19th, 2013 - 5:16pm

      maby clara dies in hide. and in the next 4 episodes she looks different they might be trying to cover that up

    • John Smith

      March 19th, 2013 - 10:42pm

      Astronaut has a good point!

    • Harold Saxon

      March 21st, 2013 - 1:27am

      THANKS DOCTOR WHO ONE I’M sure you are right as they announced 8 episodes in the spring.

  • Matt Smithy

    March 18th, 2013 - 7:51pm

    Booboo, you may want to change it to “episode 7: the bells of saint John” not the rings one, or episode 6 if your not counting the christmas one 🙂

    • Matt Smithy

      March 18th, 2013 - 7:53pm

      sorry, ment “add episode 7 infront of the bells of saint john”, not change the rings one :/

    • booboo

      March 18th, 2013 - 7:54pm

      The BBC are calling it episode 6

    • MasterKasterborous

      March 18th, 2013 - 9:21pm

      It is episode 6 not 7. The Snowmen was a special and was not part of Series 7.

    • Matt Smithy

      March 19th, 2013 - 7:59am

      Wait so does anyone know if the snowmen will be in the series 7 boxset? If not, the boxset will be missing out on a very important episode in Clara’s storyline…


      March 19th, 2013 - 10:05am

      Matt Smithy – The 2012 Christmas Special will be included, they always are with Box Sets.

  • the doctor

    March 18th, 2013 - 6:35pm

    Could the Wire come back in The Bells of St John? It would be epic if it did

  • Anonymous

    March 18th, 2013 - 6:06pm

    I hope the daleks return


    March 18th, 2013 - 4:58pm

    i hoped ‘hide’ would be called the phantom of the hex. thats a great name. cold war and hide are my faves.

  • The silence

    March 18th, 2013 - 4:39pm

    Who is celia imrie playing do we know the characters name yet

  • The TARDIS

    March 18th, 2013 - 4:34pm

    In episode 7, is anyone else thinking Minyans from Underworld?

  • The Ice Warrior

    March 18th, 2013 - 4:04pm

    4 its meant to be 8

    • booboo

      March 18th, 2013 - 4:06pm

      press release is juts covering the first 4

    • crazy guy

      March 18th, 2013 - 4:07pm

      i know but only four episodes synopsis has been revealed

  • The silence

    March 18th, 2013 - 3:52pm

    There is these trickster monsters in the finale

    • Alex

      March 18th, 2013 - 5:45pm

      I really want the Trickster himself to make an appearance. That would be awesomeness. 😀

    • Scareglow

      March 19th, 2013 - 8:17am

      They could also use that episode by tying many of the loose ends of the sarah jane series up, but your right, the trockster making an apperance on doctor who would be SWEET, and better yet after 6 long years of waiting it would give them th chance to make a trickster action figure

  • drjakeyoung

    March 18th, 2013 - 3:02pm

    booboo, they have reveled that the bells of saint john airing time will be 6:10pm. I think it’s a bit early but i am not that bothered.

    • booboo

      March 18th, 2013 - 3:03pm

      yes the radio times have it

  • pathdw98

    March 18th, 2013 - 1:27pm

    booboo, as there keeping so quiet about episode 8, do you think there might not be a poster for it, or maybe release it afterwards, just to keep it a total surprise for us?

    • booboo

      March 18th, 2013 - 1:31pm

      not sure, it sets up the 50th anniversary story so i think they will want to give as little away as possible.

  • ForeverDalek2313

    March 18th, 2013 - 12:54pm

    I think I am most looking forward to Hide.

    • pathdw98

      March 18th, 2013 - 1:20pm

      Totally agree with you. The more I see and hear about Hide, The more excited I become.

  • Dalek The Supreme

    March 18th, 2013 - 12:36pm

    Looks exciting! And now I can’t wait for the Ice Warrior episode, though I’m interested to see what Moffat means by “done something horrible with the Cybermen”

  • Doctor Stu

    March 18th, 2013 - 12:07pm

    why does it say only 4 new episodes

    • booboo

      March 18th, 2013 - 12:11pm

      because they are the only ones that have been officially announced

    • Tardis’nt

      March 18th, 2013 - 3:29pm

      i thought that this series would be split in three for a moment! 😯

    • Doctor Stu

      March 18th, 2013 - 5:06pm

      Oh that’s ok then

  • Anonymous

    March 18th, 2013 - 11:10am

    looks epic!!!!!!


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