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Published on January 23rd, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Set Your Alarm Clocks for Series 7b!

The BBC website has confirmed the return of Doctor Who Series 7 on Easter Saturday, March 30th 2013!

Let’s remind ourselves of what to expect…

The eight episode run kicks off with a story by Steven Moffat, directed by Colm McCarthy and starring, of course, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Following this you can expect episodes by Mark Gatiss (The Unquiet Dead, Night Terrors) and Neil Gaiman’s long awaited second story following his critically acclaimed 2011 adventure The Doctor’s Wife.

The BBC has only announced the date – we’ll need to wait until much closer to March 30th before we find out the time.

Today is January 23rd – we have, therefore, just ten weeks to wait. As ever, it is bound to fly by…


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

23 Responses to Set Your Alarm Clocks for Series 7b!

  1. avatar Philip Bates says:

    Aaaaaah. Excellent news. Easter’s always been quite a good time of year for the Doctor. (Except when he’s travelling by bus…)

  2. avatar Laurie Rea says:

    Oh well I feel truly blessed that we’ll be getting the second half of last years series starting in March. 8 episodes plus a one hour special (& xmas) for the 50th anniversary year of the show is just not good enough. I thought Moffat said Doctor Who would never be off our screens this year. He was obviously referring to the repeats of oldies that would inevitably be shown… All I can say is he better give Paul McGann an outing in the anniversary special.

  3. avatar daniel says:

    I don’t think i am a critical person. I am grateful for the Who we get.

    So far however, I am underwhelmed.

    Its a special year…and i think theres a feeling of oh is that it…

    I dont think its unreasonable to say ok there will be this, this and this happening. You dont have to give trade secrets away but give us something…

  4. avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    Jeez, it’s only January people. Relax and have faith in The Moff and the rest of the production team. I’m positive they won’t let us all down. Whatever they have planned (and no, we don’t know everything) I’m sure it will be both spell binding and memorable.
    Or maybe they are busy secretly planning a sequel to the classic anniversary tale Dimensions In Time!!! In which case i don’t WANT to know!

    • avatar Gonzo says:

      He’s pretty much announced that he intends to let us down, repeated it in interviews, and demonstrated it last year. Don’t get me wrong, the pittance he metes out to us are good episodes (usually), but they’re no better than the old episodes he criticizes as being “too many”. Even with his “blockbuster” theme this series, there are still forgettable filler episodes and nothing that justifies the long gap. If anything, the minimalistic arc of this series gives it a cheaper feel than Doctor Who deserves.

      I appreciate that the series is back from it’s long absence (thanks to RTD), and that there is at least something, but we shouldn’t have to pretend we’re not settling for a version watered down for short term mainstream popularity.

      • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

        Just remember what you got in 1993 and be grateful for whatever you get this year! Are people so blind as to how big and important a brand Doctor Who is to the BBC not just here but increasingly in the all important American market! The viewing figures speak for themselves (ignoring all the non-stories the tabloids throw at the show based on ‘overnight viewing figures’). We are in safe hands! The way I’ve heard some people reacting it sounds as if they’d rather Doctor Who wasn’t on air at all which is ridiculous! Enjoy being a fan and rejoice!

        • avatar Gonzo says:

          I believe I covered the “grateful for whatever you get” part. That is the textbook definition of settling. There are valid complaints about the series that only benefit the series when we express them. That’s already been demonstrated by the repaint and diminishing of the “Skittles” Daleks. Moffat and his staff do listen, but only when we speak loudly enough.

          And yes, the brand being so large and vital is kind of the essence of “mainstream popularity”. I’m part of that American market, but I’ve seen all but a smattering of the surviving episodes that haven’t been made available yet, and nearly all the reconstructions.

          As part of that American market, I know very well what happens to the solid science fiction franchises that alienate their base to appeal to a larger market. Star Trek was gone for several years thanks to the attempt at mass appeal in Voyager and Enterprise. Stargate is completely dead now, thanks to Universe trying to copy off Lost and other then-popular shows that had large followings. Battlestar Galactica started out strong with it’s reboot, but immediately ran off the core fan base when they turned it from gritty sci-fi to raunchy soap opera. It finished with the short term audience, but lost the franchise opportunity because the die-hard “geek” and “nerd” fans wanted nothing to do with it, and the mainstream was bored of it. The appeal to the mainstream isn’t “safe hands”, it’s more flooring the gas pedal to go fast, but running out before you reach the next gas (petrol) station because of it.

          Moffat isn’t killing the series by any means, but he isn’t growing it either. He has done very well at introducing new and interesting one-off enemies. He has done dismally with bringing back old ones, including his own. He all but embraced the waning value of the Daleks, treating them as the punchline to a joke with huge hype, deeply suspenseful character response to them, and then… “Let us not exterminate the Doc-tor while we have the chance. Instead, allow him to exposit and wander while he finds the ‘blow up all Daleks’ button we inexplicably built and left unguarded.” There are several insanely good stories written for Big Finish involving the Daleks, including one that was adapted into the best filmed Dalek episode of the entire franchise. He needs to bring in more outside talent for dealing with the old enemies, and focus his energies on where his talent lies.

          And he isn’t going to do this by the fans silently accepting that Doctor Who isn’t what it could be just because we’re glad it isn’t dead again.

          • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

            Calm down sweetheart! Look how abysmal the 1996 TV movie was. That was Americanised and targeted towards a mainstream American audience. If failed. Terribly. New Who has never compromised the show in such a way whatever one’s opinion may be toward the eventual output episodes. Yet still, and because of this, it is making giant leaps in popularity in America (as well as many other countries including Australie, New Zealand, France etc…) which is a HUGE factor when it come to the BBC’s support for the show.

            The Smartie Daleks were terrible, as are the new Silurians. But what do old monsters matter anyway? I don’t understand why you mention returning monsters. The generally regarded golden era of classic Who is the Hinchcliffe/Holmes period and they never once brought back old monsters The Sontaran Experiment, Genesis Of The Daleks and Revenge Of The Cybermen all having been inherited from the Letts/Dicks production team. And I wouldn’t consider the Master from The Deadly Assassin as a monster. Maybe you would prefer a JN-T approach and just bring back any old monster in most stories for whatever reason no matter how pointless.

            Enjoy 2013. It’s going to be a blinder!

          • avatar Gonzo says:

            The TV movie actually did well in regards to getting marketshare for the eventual return of the program. While it was less “Who” and more melodrama, it still gained it’s own cult following in an area that generally ignores British television. That following helped get the 2005 series on SciFi (now SyFy), which introduced most American audiences to it. And there’s good reason it’s treated as canon, while nothing else from the cancellation of Classic Who and the start of New Who is – Nothing it did “wrong” hasn’t been done by New Who. New Who has been set in the US (badly), has had random violence, included love interest for the Doctor, and ignored established canon.

            The largest fan draws of every era have been the callbacks to classic monsters (including the Master). The “golden era” included callbacks to the Daleks and Cybermen. The point you miss is that these were done well, not just sloughed off. Even The Time of the Angels was dismal, using his own monsters.

            What most of us would like is, frankly, what I said earlier – for them to be well written. But since you aren’t all that keen on reading, I can see why you don’t value good writing.

  5. avatar daniel says:

    Theres only Phil, Ian and Sharon left from Dimensions in Time…it just wouldnt be the same.

    • Potentially THE most bizarre comment ever on Kasterborous. And that’s saying something ;)

      • avatar daniel says:

        I’m so proud…

    • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

      Maybe Pauline and Kathy both being alive in 2013 in Dimensions In Time is all part of a big timey-wimey time paradox that will threaten the whole of space and time in the upcoming special!?!?!?!?!?

  6. avatar Omar Hussain says:

    sign my petition guys and spread the word; who knows it may work…

    • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

      No! Get a grip!
      You, I, them and all of us are so lucky to be Whovians right now! People like you sound like you won’t be happy until we dig up the remains of Hartnell, Troughton and Pertwee and prop them up for a special anniversary episode in November!
      Tell you what, lets start a petition to have The Moff fired so that you can take over as you can so obviously do such a better job!!!!

      • avatar Gonzo says:

        Sorry, but you’re the one attacking anyone who dares question Moffat’s infallibility, even calling him by a nickname. He’s making a reasonable request and you’re going off the handle over it.

        Take a step back, take a moment to consider that having a different opinion is not tantamount to treason against your all-powerful lord “The Moff”, and you get a grip.

        • avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

          Once again, calm down sweetheart!

    • avatar MissNmyDoctor says:

      take your petition over to the digital spy doctor who forums and every other doctor who forum out there and let our voices for once be heard, we do not even know if we will have a series 8 or Christmas special this year and the lack of the bbc`s and moffs regard for the show`s fans seems a little disturbing to me.

      • A Christmas special is, we understand, extremely likely.

  7. avatar FrancoPabloDiablo says:

    Cheers to that!

    • avatar bonobobananas says:

      I would like more episodes. It is however, as KazakhstanSpartacus says, what it is.

      I’m making up for the lack of episodes by watching The War Games which has too many :-)

      • That’s the spirit!

  8. avatar bonobobananas says:

    Well said Sir.

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