‘Doctor Who’: Series 7 news summary

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Doctor Who will return to BBC One in autumn 2012 for a seventh series, starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor.

This news summary will be updated regularly as more details are revealed.

An * symbol represents an unconfirmed rumour.

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Main cast: Matt Smith as the Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams and Jenna-Louise Coleman as a new companion, named Clara.

Rumoured guest cast: Miranda Hart*, Mark Sheppard*.

Producers: Steven Moffat, Marcus Wilson and Caroline Skinner.

Filming begins: Monday 20 February 2012.

Filming ends: December 2012.

» “Write it like a movie poster. Let’s do big, huge mad ideas” (Steven Moffat)
» “We’ve got a couple of returning monsters, some old fan favourites, but we’re going to move them on a bit” (producer Marcus Wilson)
» “The biggest, the best and the most ambitious season we’ve ever made” (Steven Moffat)
» “We went quite ‘arc’ last time and we’re going stand-alone this time around. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t those things creeping in.” (Steven Moffat)
» “See this new monster I’ve invented? This is a GOOD one. This will SCARE you. Oh yes.” (Steven Moffat)
» “I think we’ve got one of our strongest seasons yet coming up. I really do. We go into the 50th year all guns blazing.” (Matt Smith)
» “[Series 7] is going to be… bigger and madder than ever. It’ll be worth the wait. Promise. [The] batch of episodes, sealing off the story of the Doctor and the Ponds, is epic, ambitious and ever so slightly crazy.” (Chris Chibnall)
» “I don’t think we’ve had a bigger variety of episodes than the ones we’re about to show you. It’s truly exciting.” (Steven Moffat)
» “I want [director Edgar Wright] to do Doctor Who. We’ll never get him, but he’s perfect.” (Matt Smith)
» “I’m not ruling [a musical episode] out.” (Steven Moffat)
» “You will be seeing adventures in the future [in Series 7]. It’s a time travel show. But, I always think the magic of time travel is actually going back. Those are the unrecoverable days.” (Steven Moffat)
» “[In Series 7 Part 2] we’ll be up in the air, we’re under the water, we’re on a fantastic alien planet, we’re back in time, we’re forward in time, and the Doctor’s greatest secret is in jeopardy.” (Steven Moffat)
» “[Jenna-Louise Coleman] has everything that’s needed to be an A1 classic Doctor Who companion… It looks like it’s going to be, if not the best yet, certainly among the best Doctor Who seasons yet.” (Neil Cross)

Episode 1: ‘Asylum of the Daleks’
Saturday 25 August 2012, 7.20pm

Written by: Steven Moffat
Directed by: Nick Hurran
Guest cast: David Gyasi as Harvey, Naomi Ryan as Cassandra
Location filming: Spain

» “It’s going to blow everybody’s mind.” (Caroline Skinner)
» “…the Daleks are being wheeled before the cameras once again. But which design? The answer is ALL OF THEM!” (official site)
» “We did a day out in the snow out in Spain… it looks like James Bond meet Inception.” (Caroline Skinner)
» “Episode 1 is the biggest Dalek episode over. It’s epic, alright: more Daleks than ever, on the biggest set Doctor Who’s ever had.” (Caroline Skinner)
» “There’s a big Dalek story opening the new series which is absolutely brilliant and any expectations you’ve got, double them, it’s that good. It’s so, so, so, so brilliant.” (Tom MacRae)
» “The Daleks are coming back and they’re worse than ever. Just you wait until you see what they’re going to do.” (Steven Moffat)
» “This is an epic Dalek adventure that kicks off the new series in explosive style! If you think you know all there is to know about the Daleks, think again…” (Caroline Skinner)
» “[The pre-titles sequence of Episode 1] is mad, dark, funny, thrilling and moving.” (Chris Chibnall)
» “What you’ve seen is [Amy and Rory make] a decision: ‘Let’s get on with our lives.’ They don’t move back in [to the TARDIS].” (Steven Moffat)
» “We’ve made [the Daleks] scary again.” (Matt Smith)
» “[The Daleks] are really, really scary in this. Genuinely brilliant scary.” (Arthur Darvill)
» “[Amy and Rory's] relationship is in a sticky situation, shall we say.” (Karen Gillan)

Episode 2: ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’

Written by: Chris Chibnall
Directed by: Saul Metzstein
Guest cast:
Mark Williams as Brian Williams (Rory’s dad), David Bradley as Solomon, Riann Steele as Queen Nefertiti, Rudi Dharmalingam as ISA Worker, Rupert Graves as Riddell, Clem So as Mongolian Warlord

» “Watch out for the title of Episode 2. I think that’s a belter. It’s one of my favourite titles ever.” (Steven Moffat)
» “The finished script is an absolutely genius piece of writing. It’s got the most brilliant relationship between Rory and his dad.” (Caroline Skinner)
» “…it’s just absolutely amazing. Chris Chibnall is hopping with delight, it looks so good… his riot of a story has been brought to life so joyfully by our fabulous cast. It’s going to be the biggest VFX episode of the series.” (Caroline Skinner)
» “[Riddell is] a big game hunter… he’s in Africa, and there’s… kind of history behind him and the Doctor, although it’s never fully explained what … he’s there to help the Doctor.” (Rupert Graves)
» “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’.” (Steven Moffat)
» “[Solomon] is a space pirate, who we’ve modelled on a well-known night club owner with long hair. He has lots of scars, he wears black leather, he’s like an old rocker who runs a ship the size of Canada. He has two giant robots who are a bit rusty.” (David Bradley)
» “I pitched this story to Chris Chibnall just as a title, and sat back, hoping he’d be impressed. He looked out the window for a while and asked, ‘Could the Doctor ride a triceratops?’” (Steven Moffat)

Episode 3: ‘A Town Called Mercy’

Written by: Toby Whithouse
Directed by: Saul Metzstein
Guest cast:
Dominic Kemp as Kahler-Mas, Adrian Scarborough as Kahler Jex, Rob Cavazos as Walter, Ben Browder, Garrick Hagon, Andrew Brooke as The Reckoner, Joanne McQuinn as Sadie
Location filming: Spain

» “My episode is in a genre I’ve never written before — frankly, no one has written in that genre for quite a while now. But I absolutely love it.” (Toby Whithouse)
» “The episode will feature a half-human half-robot Terminator-style beast which patrols a Victorian-era western town.” (The Sun)
» “I’m confidently smug that it’s going to be a winner.” (Caroline Skinner)
» “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.” (Steven Moffat)
» “[Ben Browder] brings that sort of American naturalism which we Brits just don’t have, however hard we try. He makes a good cowboy. He has that great drawl. And the wonderful Adrian Scarborough is in that, he just steals the whole episode.” (Matt Smith)
» “A tale of war, betrayal and vengeance, converging on one small town in the Old West – a town under siege. Like all the best westerns, this is a tale of one man standing against impossibile odds and his own personal demons.” (Steven Moffat)

Episode 4: The Power of Three’

Written by: Chris Chibnall
Directed by: Douglas Mackinnon
Guest cast: Mark Williams as Brian Williams (Rory’s dad), Stephen Blything as Henry VIII, Jemma Redgrave as Kate, Steven Berkoff as Shakri, Selva Rasalingam as Ranjit, Alice O’Connell as Laura

» “Chris Chibnall’s script is a massive rollercoaster ride of a sci-fi story. It’s also a beautiful piece of writing. It’s all about Amy and Rory’s relationship – full of warmth, love and a celebration of their time on the show. Chris will scare you to bits with this episode!” (Caroline Skinner)
» “[Episode 4 is] totally different to Episode 2, full of the Ponds… ” (Chris Chibnall)
» “The most unusual invasion Earth story EVER.” (Steven Moffat)
» “…the Ponds face something possibly more terrifying than any world-ending apocalypse – the Doctor is moving in! It’s halfway between an alien invasion movie and The Man Who Came to Dinner.” (Steven Moffat)
» “UNIT’s return is one for the fans. I think they like cyclical things and we have a good story. It was great to do an episode with UNIT and I hope the true fans like it.” (Chris Chibnall)

Episode 5: ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’

Written by: Steven Moffat
Directed by: Nick Hurran
Location filming: New York
Guest cast: Alex Kingston as River Song, Rob David as Sam Garner, Micheal McShane as Dr Grayle (a villain), Bentley Kalu as Sophisticated Hood

» “Amy and Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels in [Episode] 5. Not everyone gets out alive and I mean it this time.” (Steven Moffat)
» “[Amy and Rory] go out on such an amazing storyline” (Arthur Darvill)
» “[Amy and Rory will] be gone forever. It will be quite heartbreaking, definitely… I think you’ll be in trouble watching it… Heartbreaking doesn’t mean unhappy.” (Steven Moffat)
» “I want to see [Amy] go with everything that she wants…” (Karen Gillan)
» “Oh, tragedy! Something with Weeping Angels in New York seemed to make sense to me…” (Steven Moffat)
» “It is so hugely emotional and heartbreaking. It’s really beautiful storytelling.” (Caroline Skinner)
» “I literally couldn’t read it without crying… I couldn’t have asked for a better exit. I don’t think it’ll be what people expect.” (Karen Gillan)
» “There’s something coming up in the final days of the Ponds that was in The Eleventh Hour. There’s a shot in that. [Moffat's] been thinking about it that long. He always knew how she was going to… I’m saying too much already.” (Matt Smith)
» “We are going to depart and it’s a pretty amazing way to go.” (Karen Gillan)
» “Get a couple of boxes of tissues.” (Arthur Darvill)
» “It’s probably the most epic of all the episodes we’ve done so far.” (Karen Gillan)
» “[The Weeping Angels] have grown and developed into something more scary. / They’ve become bigger and better than ever.” (Arthur Darvill / Karen Gillan)
» “[River Song is] so the queen of mischief in this episode.” (Caroline Skinner)
» “It’s a huge, beautiful piece of writing that Steven did… filming it [in New York] gave that story a huge amount of scale … it’s a hugely emotional piece of drama. It gives the episode a real atmosphere and a very different tone for Doctor Who.” (Caroline Skinner)
» “A race against time through the streets of Manhattan.” (BBC America)
» “Has the wandering Time Lord at last found a family and the nearest thing to a home he could imagine? Not even River Song can save them from the terrible events to come. Heartbreak is always a terrible thing. But imagine if you had two of them…” (Steven Moffat)
» “[Amy and Rory] ain’t coming back. At least, that’s what Steven says. That’s it. Game over.” (Matt Smith)
» “I’m done with [Doctor Who]… it’s gone for good.” (Arthur Darvill)

Christmas 2012 special: ‘The Snowmen’
Tuesday 25 December 2012

Written by: Steven Moffat
Directed by: Saul Metzstein
Guest cast: Richard E Grant as Doctor Simeon, Tom Ward as Captain Latimer, Daniel Hyde as a foreman, Liz White, Catrin Stewart as Jenny, Neve McIntosh as Madame Vastra, Dan Starkey as a Sontaran, Graham Turner as Amos, Annabelle Dowler, Jim Conway as Uncle Josh, Laurence Saunders as the Master LibrarianDevon Black is Mother, Sir Ian McKellen as Voice of the Snowman

» “It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.” (Steven Moffat)
» “She’s kind of quicker than the Doctor; it’s almost as though she’s doing a hilarious, dynamic dance around him.” (Caroline Skinner)
» “I know what my introduction is and I have a general idea of where we’re going to go. I don’t think anything’s been done like it before, but there are lots of secrets and intrigue… I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people…” (Jenna-Louise Coleman)
» “There are elements to [Jenna's] character that are rather special, and will come as something of a surprise. She had to be witty, clever, inventive, strong, versatile, and very individual.” (Casting director Andy Pryor)
» “It’s literally a new beginning, you’re back to chapter one, in a way [the show is] always a story of someone getting to know the Doctor.” (Steven Moffat)
» “Jenna brings a really different energy to the show – one which I think is very interesting.” (Matt Smith)
» “There’s a bit in the middle of [the Christmas special] that is just poetic.” (Matt Smith)
» “[Jenna-Louise Coleman is] doing brilliantly well, she’s lovely and I think people are really going to love her. She’s different to Amy.” (Matt Smith)
» “Having a new companion is a bigger change than a new Doctor. [Jenna-Louise Coleman] brings out a very different side to Matt [Smith].” (Steven Moffat)
» “[Set in] 1890s London.” (BBC)
» “Steven [Moffat] is writing [Jenna's character] in a very interesting way and a different way to Amy Pond.” (Matt Smith)
» “It’s set in Victorian England. We meet a Doctor who has been profoundly changed by the experiences before him, from losing the Ponds, and into his life walks Jenna-Louise Coleman’s character and off they go on new adventures.” (Matt Smith)
» “We’ve got the wonderful Richard E Grant, who’s brilliant as a sort of villainous role … Vastra, Jenny and Strax are making a return appearance, which is terribly exciting. And it does the sort of wonderful Doctor Who-ey Christmas things, you know, snow, aliens, good will, good cheer, someone trying to take over the world.” (Matt Smith)
» “The Doctor at Christmas is one of my favourite things – but this year it’s different. He’s lost Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels, and he’s not in a good place: in fact, he’s Scrooge. He’s withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it. So when all of humanity hangs in the balance, can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it’s time to return to the good fight? Enter Jenna-Louise Coleman…” (Steven Moffat)
» “For this year’s Christmas special we have the wonderfully villainous Richard E Grant as Doctor Simeon – as well as lizards, Victorian assassins and deranged warriors from the future, who all return to convince the Doctor that he should board the TARDIS again and save the world.” (Matt Smith)

Episode 6: ‘The Bells of Saint John’
Saturday 30 March 2013

Written by: Steven Moffat
Directed by: Colm McCarthy
Guest cast: Celia Imrie, Fady Elsayed as Nabile, Robert Whitelock as Mahler, Matthew Earley as Guy, Dan Li as Alexei Chen, Olivia Hill as a newsreader, Antony Edride as Pilot, Sean Knopp as John, Jade Anouka as a waitress, James Greene as The Abbott

» “The movie-of-the-week approach does not stop with the Ponds. It carries on.” (Steven Moffat)
» “We have Doctor Who taking on the modern urban thriller, which is not very much like anyone else’s modern urban thriller!” (Steven Moffat)
» “It’s clever old Steven Moffat. What exists in the wi-fi? What if there was a monster in the wi-fi? And we all need it…” (Matt Smith)
» “[Clara] has reignited the Doctor’s curiosity about the universe.” (Matt Smith)
» “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.” (BBC Press Office)

Episode 7: ‘The Rings of Akhaten’

Written by: Neil Cross
Directed by: Farren Blackburn
Guest cast: Nicola Sian as Ellie

» “We’ve gone all-out to give you a fantastic alien planet, which is looking absolutely amazing.” (Steven Moffat)
» “We’ve got the best alien planet we’ve ever done.” (Steven Moffat)
» “You’ll laugh and cry and airpunch. Glorious. The brief, for Neil [Cross], was this: You know how the Doctor always promises amazing, awesome wonders to his companions, then gets them stuck down a tunnel being attacked by mutant slugs? Let’s deliver some awesome and amazing.” (Steven Moffat)
» “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.” (BBC Press Office)

Episode 8: Cold War’

Written by: Mark Gatiss
Directed by: Douglas Mackinnon
Guest cast: David Warner, Liam Cunningham, Josh O’Connor as Piotr, James Norton as Onejin, David Hartley, Charlie Anson as Belevich

» “The fact that the adventure is set where it is, is the fulfilment of a long-term dream.” (Mark Gatiss)
» “Prepare to shiver in terror and gasp along the lines of ‘Oh my goodness, is that a…?’” (Steven Moffat)
» “…[an] under-siege story [involving] volumes of water … there was steam, and smoke, and explosions, and guns, and everything that makes directing Doctor Who fun.” (Douglas Mackinnon)
» “We’ve got your base-under-siege story in a new way.” (Steven Moffat)
» “We’ve got a submarine. Seriously.” (Steven Moffat)
» “We’ve got the most fantastic episode by Mark Gatiss, where we are bringing back the Ice Warrior… on a submarine! It’s a really wonderful kind of ‘bunker’ episode, and a classic monster which Mark has brought his own inimitable twist to. Mark is an enormous fan of the Ice Warrior stories and came up with the idea. The sense of a monster of that scale and that size trapped in a really small, contained environment such as a submarine was a really brilliant story to be able to tell … Letting a huge Ice Warrior loose at the heart of a classic Hunt For Red October style submarine movie was exactly the kind of story that the Doctor should get mixed up in.” (Caro Skinner)
» “I’ve always loved the iconic Ice Warriors and have been badgering to bring them back for ages. And now they’re on a ssssssubmarine! With Russians! I’m a very happy anorak right now.” (Mark Gatiss)
» “It’s an absolute cracker of an episode.” (Steven Moffat)
» “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!” (BBC Press Office)

Episode 9: ‘Hide’

Written by: Neil Cross
Directed by: Jamie Payne
Guest cast:
Dougray Scott as a professor, Kemi-Bo Jacobs as Hila Tacorian, Jessica Raine as Emma Grayling

» “We’ve got a cracking ghost story, a really cracking ghost story.” (Steven Moffat)
» “[It's] the kind of Doctor Who episode that would have terrified me when I was 9 years old.” (Neil Cross)
» “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?” (BBC Press Office)

Episode 10: ‘Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS’

Written by: Stephen Thompson
Directed by: Mat King
Guest cast:
Ashley Walters, Jahvel Hall as Tricky

» “…in our episode it’ll be the first time people get to see so much of the TARDIS” (Ashley Walters)
» “Steven Moffat knows that I’m a pure mathematician and anything involving multi-dimensional geometry gets me excited. (There’s my geek credentials.) So – that was the brief. What’s in the middle [of the TARDIS]? This year got to indulge my inner fan.” (Stephen Thompson)
» “This episode will be different [to 'The Curse of the Black Spot'] in many ways, not least because the star won’t necessarily be the usual person. You might not even see the star, it might be the guy at the drawing board. It just might be the designer…” (Stephen Thompson)
» “You’re going to see ‘Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS’, with more of the TARDIS than you’ve ever seen before.” (Steven Moffat)

Episode 11: ‘The Crimson Horror’

Written by: Mark Gatiss
Directed by: Saul Metzstein
Guest cast: Dame Diana Rigg as Mrs Gillyflower with Rachael Stirling as Ada (a Yorkshire mother and daughter with a dark secret), Brendan Patricks as Edmund and Jeremiah, Catrin Stewart as Jenny, Neve McIntosh as Madame Vastra, Dan Starkey as a Sontaran, Olivia Vinall as Effie, Michelle Tate as Abigail

» “The first time Rachie and I will be working together is on an episode of Doctor Who specially written for us by Mark Gatiss. How lucky is that?” (Dame Diana Rigg)
» “What joy. I am looking forward to the madness of Doctor Who enormously. Mark Gatiss has written a gift of a script and an on-screen relationship between Ma and I that is truly delicious. We have never before worked together because the offers have not been tempting, but when such a funny and original script comes through you know the time has come.” (Rachael Stirling)
» “Dame Diana Rigg, Rachael Stirling and a Mark Gatiss script – a combination of talents you could only get in Doctor Who! Frankly, I’m terrified already!” (Steven Moffat)
» “The Doctor’s in a cool new Victorian costume. I get a hat and a three-piece suit. I’m having a ball!” (Matt Smith)
» “It’s joyously camp. We take the piss out of ourselves.” (Rachael Stirling)
» “I didn’t think Mark Gatiss could get any camper – then I read The Crimson Horror!” (Steven Moffat)
» “We’ve got Diana Rigg and junior Diana Rigg in an absolutely mental story by Mark Gatiss – all period drama will pale next to this monstrosity of nonsense! It’s absolutely glorious. You’ll watch other period dramas and say ‘When are they going to do the scary bit?’” (Steven Moffat)

Episode 12: ‘Nightmare in Silver’

Written by: Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Stephen Woolfenden
Guest cast: Tamzin Outhwaite as Capt. Alice, Calvin Dean as Ha-Ha, Warwick Davis as Porridge, Jason Watkins as Mr Webley, Zahra Ahmadi as Missy, Eloise Joseph as Beauty, Will Merrick as Brains

» “…only a fool or a mad man would try to do it again… so I’m on the third draft.” (Neil Gaiman)
» “It’s very different [to 'The Doctor's Wife']. But again I think it will be a fan’s favourite because, well, without giving anything away, it just will be, because there’s something in it… Neil’s brilliant ideas will always add a level to Doctor Who, which will be interesting.” (Matt Smith)
» “[Davis, Outhwaite and Watkins star as] as a band of misfits on a mysterious planet.” (official website)
» “Cybermen were always the monsters that scared me the most! Not just because they were an awesome military force, but because sometimes they could be sleek and silver and right behind you without you even knowing.” (Steven Moffat)
» “Steven [Moffat] wrote to me and said, ‘Will you make the Cybermen scary again?’” And I thought back to when I was 6 or 7 years old – ‘The Moonbase’, ‘Tomb of the Cybermen’… I thought, ‘Let me see what I can do when I take the 1960s Cybermen and [incorporate] everything that’s happened since’. So that’s what I’m trying to do. I don’t know if it will work.” (Neil Gaiman)
» “Jenna-Louise Coleman is very different from Amy, Rose or Sarah-Jane. The dialogue is completely different.” (Neil Gaiman)
» “We’ve got Neil Gaiman doing the Cybermen – part of the impulse there was to say “Have we fully exploited the creepy factor of the Cybermen yet?” I thought Neil would be a good match for that.” (Steven Moffat)
» “I wanted to make them creepier, and a bit more active. I thought we had gone as far as we could with the stumpy Cybermen. I wanted to do the colder, deadlier version and I was interested in Neil giving it a ghost-story feel. Neil’s a good ghost story writer.” (Steven Moffat)
» “I was one of those kids who hid behind the sofa, so I know they are scary. But the Cybermen that I saw were awesome and yeah I think it’ll be scary. I mean, it was an exciting moment to come face-to-face with one of those dudes.” (Warwick Davis)
» “It’s about identity, it’s about responsibility and it’s about porridge.” (Neil Gaiman)
» “What Neil’s also done in that episode is actually used the notion of being able to write a story about the Doctor in conflict with the Cybermen in a new way, to really make it a huge episode for Matt [Smith]. It’s a brilliant performance, that one. It’s interesting what Neil does – he always delivers such wonderful visual sequences, as he did with ‘The Doctor’s Wife’, but one of his real strengths is that he gets right to the heart of the characters as well.” (Caro Skinner)

Episode 13: ‘The Name of the Doctor’

Written by: Steven Moffat
Guest cast: Michael Jenn as Clarence, Alex Kingston as River Song

» “And then there’s the finale, which has got some serious fanboy-pleasing going on in it. My aim for it – which I’m about to humiliate myself at the tone meeting by saying – is to have slightly more than you think could possibly happen in one episode. Slightly more treats than you think you could be allowed…” (Steven Moffat)
» “Well, I just got back from filming in Wales….. Spoilers!” (Alex Kingston)
» “Series 7 finale leads into the 50th [anniversary special].” (Matt Smith)
» “But it’s really exciting — [the series finale] is phenomenal. My spine was tingling when I read it. Again, I’m teasing your so badly here, but there’s the beginning opening sequence, which [is] kind of building up into the 50th. It’s just huge.” (Jenna-Louise Coleman)
» “There’s often an element of throwing in some lovely names, and then figuring it out later, but I’ve always had a sort of plan for the Doctor and Trenzalore. Things will be resolved. Things I’ve left hanging in plain sight – and sometimes not in plain sight – will be tied up…” (Steven Moffat)
» “It’s epic and huge and filled with drama. There are little bits and pieces which Steven [Moffat] planted a couple of years ago. It’s just really clever and a crucial moment in the Doctor’s life that you get to explore with the best baddies! All I can say is that Clara hasn’t just met the Doctor three times before…” (Jenna-Louise Coleman)
» “It’d be fair to say ‘the 50th starts here’. It begins. It’s quite a dark episode; it’s quite a serious episode. You’ll start to see the Doctor enter a phase of his life that’s going to change things. We start to move the Doctor into a place, and you’ll start to see we’ve been moving him into a place for a while.” (Steven Moffat)
» “We’ll sort [the Clara mystery] out in that [episode]. The next time you see Clara [after the finale] you’ll know it all. It’s again one that he gets quite emotional about.” (Steven Moffat)

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