Whoydensday: DW S7 Part 2 only a few weeks away

Episode 6 of Season 7 will go to air on Saturday March 30th in the UK and USA, and there’s an intriguingly Who-shaped TBA spot sitting on Auntie’s schedule for Sunday 31st March here in Australia.

Steven Moffat, executive producer and lead writer, said:

“It’s the 50th year of Doctor Who and look what’s going on! We’re up in the sky and under the sea! We’re running round the rings of an alien world and then a haunted house. There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the centre of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed! If this wasn’t already our most exciting year it would be anyway!”

For those who like to anticipate pleasures ahead of time, here’s a post at the Doctor Who TV website that lays out what we know about the settings of the episodes, the antagonists, the guest stars and the recurring friends who we’ll be seeing again. I am naturally thrilled to know that Dame Diana Rigg will be starring in Episode 11.

Whee!



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  1. Episode 11 is also one of the episodes for which the title has been known for some time, and knowing the guest star who’s involved only makes it more tantalising. (I can almost already see April’s bandwidth decreasing before my eyes.)

  2. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    I am so excited.
    Well, not as excited as I am for tomorrow night when I am going to see The Impossible Astronaut/Day of the Moon at the special cinema screening dressed up as femme!Eleven with my best friend who will also be (non-femme as he is a guy Eleven.
    But still. 😀 I really want to like Clara! Can she please be a bit less sassy and flirty though? Just for once, I would like to see the Moff write a woman who doesn’t fit the OMG I’M FLIRTING WITH YOU mould. (Ok, I realise this sounds kind of anti-feminist, but really, you can be a cool female character without having to be flirty and kissy and white and conventionally attractive all the time.)

  3. Ok, I realise this sounds kind of anti-feminist
    There’s nothing anti-feminist sounding about wanting not all the female characters to be written the same way.
    Apart from that, I love the picture of Clara under the episode 7 title – just how pleased she looks to be among so many aliens. (And I can’t wait to find out what the hell the Doctor’s doing in the background there).

  4. @ Jo “I would like to see the Moff write a woman who doesn’t fit the OMG I’M FLIRTING WITH YOU mould”
    Good luck with that. A quote from Moffat himself:

    There’s this issue you’re not allowed to discuss: that women are needy. Men can go for longer, more happily, without women. That’s the truth. We don’t, as little boys, play at being married – we try to avoid it for as long as possible. Meanwhile women are out there hunting for husbands.

    quoted from this interview in the scotsman referenced in this article at io9.

  5. 31st on the ABC at 7.30 confirmed!

  6. Argh! Steven Moffat. I was glad to hear he was taking over as lead writer to begin with, but now I’m crossing my fingers and hoping he will go away. Come on Steven, surely you want to focus more on Sherlock or something…

  7. So, at this time tomorrow we shall all be dissecting the episode. I was just biting my nails, seriously.

  8. Yeah, that was pretty much the reaction at our place tigtog. At the end of the episode Mr angharad said ‘OMG I think I just had a geekgasm’. He is a big fan of the [spoiler] franchise so the appearance of [spoiler] made him go squee.
    [Comment redacted for spoilers, angharad. ~ tt]

  9. And as you can see, I got the selective comment-for-longer plugin sorted out.
    I posted a link to the Tor blog’s recap/commentary in the Otterday thread, I’ll drop it here too: It’s a Promise You Make. Doctor Who: “The Name of the Doctor”

    “The Name of the Doctor” is not a good episode of television, but it is a fascinating episode of Doctor Who.

  10. All the crying while watching Dr Who last night. Then all the crying again while watching Call the Midwife.

  11. moving my comment from the Otterday:
    SPOILERS
    Of all the 7th Doctor stories, they chose a clip from Dragonfire? Not Remembrance of the Daleks or The Curse of Fenric?
    And cutting and pasting Patrick Troughton running from the Time Scoop from The Five Doctors looked ridiculous.

  12. Fell down the rabbit hole with this. All I can say is 0_o

  13. I was just reading that that the entire budget for Season 26 – the final season of Old Who – couldn’t have paid for two episodes of Star Trek: Next Gen. That’s a big factor in what killed it IMO as it was obvious to the viewer that it was much lower budgeted than Next Gen.

  14. I don’t know about that David, it had managed for years with dodgy special effects. I think they lost their way in the story department. I can’t watch many of the Sylvester McCoy episodes. They are just too terrible.

  15. Good point.
    I remember the McCoy episodes on first-run on the ABC. They were part of the Afternoon Show with James Valentine and alternated with Grange Hill and Degrassi Junior High.

  16. I saw the first one when it first aired in England. I’d actually gone back after not quite two years in NZ where all they were showing was old reruns of John Pertwee episodes (which was not a bad thing because I’d never seen most of those), and I thought ‘OMG, what have they done to Dr Who?’

  17. It’s interesting how much was cut from Doctor Who from when it was first screened in OZ in 1965 until the Censorship Board’s control over ABC programming was abolished in 1984 (following Peter Davison’s last season) Several stories were forbidden by the Censorship Board from being screened at all as they were rejected for Doctor Who’s “family” timeslot.

  18. Hi David,
    some of the stories rejected by the Australian censors were quite critical to the ongoing story – serials K (generally known as ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’) and L (‘The Rescue’) saw the departure of the Doctor’s grand-daughter Susan, and her replacement as a travelling companion by Vicki. The other prominent serial to be passed over were the epic 12-episode serial V (‘The Dalek’s Master Plan’, plus the single episode teaser ‘Mission to the Unknown’); several of the Pertwee and Tom Baker stories were omitted on their first runs (in particular Inferno, Brain of Morbius).

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