It’s out, it’s out! The BBC airdate for the new series of Doctor Who has been released (according to this sciencefiction.com post) and it is…*cue the drumroll*…September 1, 2012! That’s in two and a half weeks! Note: I believe that Space will once again show the new episodes on the same day as the BBC airdate, and BBC America will do the same.
The blogosphere (and all other spheres where nerds communicate, presumably) have been buzzing about this since the last series ended in October 2011. The Christmas Special was just enough to drive people insane for Who, plus the leaked news that a new companion had been picked and rumours of Matt Smith’s contract extension, and the whole internet got kicked up a bit. As Doctor Who hits its highest peak in history (because of the huge following now over here in North America), any story about Amy’s heartbreak finale or any hints about the new season sends ripples of excitement among Whovians.
Orangespicedrop (Diane) brought this all back home to me with her post about once again not finding the release date on Google. I found it, but in all fairness it had only just been posted. I got lucky, or maybe just caught up in some convenient timey-wimey stuff. Hopefully her head didn’t explode…
What does this mean immediately for the Whoniverse? Well for starters, set your TV’s, PVR’s, or computers to record the new series. You won’t want to miss this series – Series 7 since the reboot, and the series that will bring the show to its 50th anniversary – it is set to be the biggest and likely the best yet.
Whovians should also be prepared for a short run. Like Series 6, Series 7 will be split into two halves. Amy, Rory, and the Doctor will appear in five episodes in Autumn 2012 before the companions leave, and then the Christmas Special will likely introduce Jenna-Louise Coleman as the new companion (named Clara?) and then the conclusion in the Spring. It is flipped from Series 6, running through the school year, not split over the summer.
For me it means a whole new blog column! Yes folks, that’s right, I’ll be writing my thoughts about each episode as best I can. Probably a lot of excited gibberish and speculation…
Episode titles released for the first five episodes of Series 7:
- Episode 1: ‘Asylum of the Daleks’
- Episode 2: ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’
- Episode 3: ‘A Town Called Mercy’
- Episode 4: ‘The Power of Three’
- episode 5: ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’
Some spoiler notes without giving too much away: there are dinosaurs, some really famous actors, the Angels should make a return, the Daleks play prominently in the first episode, and the oldest question in the universe will be asked after all (even though that makes all the efforts of Series 6 seem pointless): Doctor WHO? Plus the ones you
mightshould already know if you’re a fan: Amy and Rory are in their last season and there is (once again) a new typeface.
If you want to see the other preview photos from the first few episodes, view the sciencefiction.com article.
Things look a little darker in this teaser trailer, similar to last series, but I’m glad they have that classic Matt Smith silliness still around.
Will you be watching the new series? What are you most looking forward to?