Dr Who returns on March 30 beset by old foes (Cybermen and the first appearance in the modern series of the Ice Warriors), new ones lurking in the WiFi (the Spoonheads) and a new/old/who is she exactly companion, Clara Oswald (who has also appeared as Oswin Oswald and Clara Oswin Oswald in previous episodes “Asylum of the Daleks” and ).
Phew! That is a lot of Time Lord shenanigans going out in the Doctor’s 50th anniversary year.
It certainly sounds like he’s going to be busy, something that Dr Who‘s executive producer Steven Moffat (who also pitches in as the show’s lead writer) made very clear in this interview snippet:
“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!”
Right I need to sit down and calm down …
Or should I? Can I?
After all the episode that kicks off the second half of season 7, “The Bells of St Johns”, strongly suggests that there is something thoroughly unpleasant lurking in the WiFi:
“Set in London against the backdrop of new and old iconic landmarks, The Shard and Westminster Bridge, ‘The Bells of St John’ will also establish a new nemesis, the Spoonheads, who will battle the Doctor as he discovers something sinister is lurking in the Wi-Fi.” (the official synopsis)
Naturally of course they will be no match for our fearless Doctor and the now very contemporary version of Ms. Oswald who will be at his side for all eight of the second half of season 7’s adventures through space and time.
I expect there will be just as much intrigue attached to who Oswald is, and what’s behind her recurring appearances throughout history, as there is to the adventures themselves.
It will no doubt add up to eight intense hours of heart-pounding, adrenaline-pumping action, a clear sign that there is a great deal of life left in the good ol’ Doctor yet!
* And just for some fun, here’s Doctor Who in five languages …
* Check out this article on cultbox.co.uk about writer Neil Cross, who has written two episodes for the second half of season 7 – “The Rings of Akhaten” (2nd episode), as well as rumoured-to-be-titled fourth episode “Phantoms of the Hex”.