Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Steven Moffat, and Caroline Skinner will all attend the Doctor Who panel at Comic Con later this month, where the forthcoming Series Seven will be previewed.
So how much do we actually know about the new season? Radio Times reported that the series – again split in half, either side of the Christmas special – will consist of “at least” fourteen episodes. Moffat stated in DWM that there will be no two-parters, and fellow producer Marcus Wilson said that two ‘classic’ era monsters will make a return appearance – the Ice Warriors are likely candidates.
The title of episode 1 is confirmed as Asylum of the Daleks, and will feature the Special Weapons Dalek, last seen in 1988. Written by Moffat, and directed by Nick Hurran, the season opener will launch at the BFI, then be screened later in Edinburgh, before a probable TV premiere in late August, or early September. Nick Briggs again provides the (many) Dalek voices.
Episode 2 is penned by Chris Chibnall, and helmed by Saul Metzstein. The cast includes Harry Potter film actors Mark Williams and David Bradley, Rupert Graves (Lestrade in Sherlock), and Riann Steele as Queen Nefertiti.
Written by Toby Whithouse and directed by Metzstein, part 3 stars Dominic Kemp, Adrian Scarborough, Ben Browder, Andrew Brooke, Garrick Hagon (Ky in The Mutants), Rob Cavazos, and Joanne McQuinn. Provisionally titled The Gunslinger, and set in the American Wild West, the story was filmed in Spain.
The next installment – thought to be called Cubed – is also scripted by Chibnall, directed by Douglas Mackinnon, and sees the return of Williams as Rory’s dad, Brian. Other guest stars are Jemma Redgrave (as Kate Stewart), Steven Berkoff, and Ruthie Henshall.
The Ponds leave the programme in the fifth adventure, which is set in New York – location filming took in Central Park – and features the Weeping Angels. Alex Kingston reprises her role as River Song here, opposite co-stars Mike McShane, Rob David, and Bentley Kalu.
New companion Jenna Louise Coleman, rumoured to be named Clara, debuts in this year’s Christmas special, which is again written by Moffat.
The eight unplaced episodes for 2013 include Phantoms of the Hex (working title), from Luther creator and Spooks writer, Neil Cross. Dougray Scott (Matt Busby in David Tennant’s United), and Jessica Raine head the cast, directed by another newcomer, Jamie Payne (Primeval, and Survivors).
NuWho veteran Mark Gatiss has contributed two scripts for next year. The first is helmed by Mackinnon, and stars David Warner (see my Titanic blog), Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones), Josh O’Connor, and James Norton. His second serial, rumoured to be called The Crimson Horror, features Dame Diana Rigg (Emma Peel inThe Avengers), and her daughter Rachael Stirling. Catrin Stewart returns here as Jenny (from last year’s A Good Man Goes to War), so her partner Madame Vastra (played by Neve McIntosh) may reappear too.