After another long break, it’s now less than two weeks away from the Doctor Who season 7.5 premiere and new posters, a new trailer, as well as newly-announced details are starting to surface, regarding the color and shape of the episodes that will pave the way to the 50th Anniversary this November.
We already know - thanks to executive producer Steven Moffat - that the Doctor will face off against new versions of the Cybermen and the Ice Warriors, and that we’ll also see the Doctor get a chance to explore the deep caverns of the TARDIS – but thanks to BBC America, we now have fresh details about the next four episodes, as well as four new single episode posters and a new trailer.
Here’s the synopsis for the mid-season premiere,”The Bells of Saint John”. The episode was written by Moffat, who said in promotional materials provided by BBC America: “I wanted to do Wi-Fi monsters – and Marcus suggested we do a proper urban thriller. The Doctor can never be Bond or Bourne – but if he tried it might look a bit like this.”
WARNING: as is the case with all of these synopses, there are some spoilers.
The Doctor’s search for Clara Oswald brings him to modern day London, where Wi-Fi is everywhere. Humanity lives in a Wi-Fi 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.
Following the Doctor and Clara’s adventure in modern day London, they go to the outer rings of Akhaten, a very “Whoey” place according to the good Doctor, Matt Smith: “We had between 50 to 60 prosthetic aliens, which is something that only really this show can offer,” he added “making it a very unique experience as an actor.”
This episode also marks the Doctor Who debut of Luther creator Neil Cross, who wrote this one.
Here’s the synopsis for episode 8 “The Rings of Akhaten”:
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.
This next episode marks writer Mark Gatiss’ first episode since last season’s “Night Terrors”. It also marks the return of the Ice Warriors and it takes place on a Russian sub in the arctic.
Here’s the synopsis for “Cold War”:
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!
The last synopsis goes to the second Neil Cross contribution and there appears to be a bit of a supernatural bend to this one. Besides Luther, Cross also wrote the Guillermo del Toro produced horror film Mama, so he knows how to mine well-hidden fears as well.
Here’s the synopsis for “Hide”:
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?
Now that’s a fair amount of information, but it never seems like enough, does it? Still, it’s just two weeks away, and this list of episodes feel like they are promising something distinct and fantastic, with some of the regenerated series’ most venerable writers (Moffat and Gatiss) and Cross – who has done some amazing things with Luther - at the helm.
Great credentials come with great expectations, though, so hopefully the Doctor Who team delivers something that is worthy of the wait and the coming celebration.
Doctor Who returns on Saturday, March 30th on BBC and BBC America
Source: BBC America