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Published on December 16th, 2011 | by Andrew Reynolds

Series 7′s Slutty Titles

There’s teases and then there’s offering it all up on a plate!

If what Steven Moffat has been saying to Doctor Who Magazine is true then Series 7 won’t be a wallflower, oh no. Potentially we could be seeing the end of the elaborate, sustained developments of Series 6 and, standing triumphantly on its corpse will be ‘Slutty titles’ and ‘Movie poster plots’.

That’s not all; Moffat also revealed that, as things stand, there will be no two-part episodes in the next season – breaking with the formula set on the shows return to our screens in 2005.

Moffat even went as far as to reveal the title of the Die Hard alike first episode which a spoiler phobic DWM censored for our pleasure/torture.

Explaining the developments Moffat said:

“This year, we used a lot of cliffhangers and mysteries to pull people through, but then I remember the moment, at the end of A Good Man Goes to War, when we put up the title Let’s Kill Hitler. That was so exciting. I’m thinking, ‘Can we do that every week?’ You can sod off with poetic understatement.”

Debunking the myth that two parter episode save money Moffat goes on to elaborate on why everything will be self-contained next year:

“At this stage, everything is a single episode, and the only reason anything will become a two-parter is if we think it needs to be”.

So while that doesn’t rule out an over-riding narrative to next years adventures it does seem to suggest that the regular 45 minute episode will feature the same wealth of ideas that flooded the breathless Let’s Kill Hitler and the world hopping conclusion The Wedding of River Song.

Though what’s more promising is that we could be seeing 13 very different episodes lined up next to each other – offering a  real chance for the show to fulfil its “anywhere, anywhen” potential.

So are we intrigued by the new developments or do they signal another style over content turn for the Moffat era?

And that spoilered episode title? Spoiler of the Spoilers, apparently. Let the speculation commence!


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Everyone has a favourite Doctor and mine - just for his honesty, his fairness and his ability to not notice the Master's awful, awful disguises/anagrams (Sir Gilles Estram!?!) - has to be the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. The stories didn’t serve him as well as his acting served those stories.

5 Responses to Series 7′s Slutty Titles

  1. avatar daniel says:

    The title must be Return of the ….


  2. avatar Simon says:

    What I’d prefer rather than ditching the two-parters completely, is if they had them for the middles and ends of a season like other shows; i.e., if a season is split in half, and then again when The Doctor carries over into his next or when he regenerates.

  3. avatar Rick Lundeen says:

    I have no problem with two parters when they’re played out correctly and usually they are but in series 6, Doctor’s wife should have been a two parter and wasn’t—it seemed very rushed to me. Conversely, I could have done without the Ganger’s adventure being a two parter. I’m all for single episodes across the board next series but it’s still a ong way away and most importantly, a much more subdued series story arc would really be appreciated as well.

  4. avatar ChrisL says:

    Personally I prefer two parters… as long as they have enough content to warrant 90 minutes of screen time being devoted to them.
    Double length episodes allow for a more detailed or intricate plot as well as more time for character development.
    As mentioned above by Rick, The Doctor’s Wife would most definitely have benefitted from more time to explore the relationship between The Doctor and his constant companion. As it was, the episode was magnificent, but just imagine how epic it could have been if they’d allowed the tale to reach it’s full potential.

    I also prefer a ‘series-long’ story arc to individual episodes – so long as the ‘arc’ is self consistent and actually makes sense at the end of the series. This, for me, was the one failing of Series 6. When viewed in retrospect there were too many holes and inconsistencies in the story arc, especially with the ‘River Song’ storyline, which was a major disappointment. River is a fabulous character but I can’t help feeling her story is muddled, inconsistent, and appears to have been made up ‘on the hoof’.

    Hopefully, by not having to stick to a 13 episode story arc, it will remove any pressure on Steven Moffat to make his storylines consistent and the overall series will benefit from it.

  5. avatar Drew Fleming says:

    I’d take slutty episodes over slutty episode titles. Never promise what you can’t deliver.

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