Doctor Who – Future Season Information

Below is a comprehensive list of all known information about the future of Doctor Who. All information should not be taken as fact (or canon!) until the actual episode airs, or confirmed by Steven Moffat and the BBC. If you wish to remain in the dark about the new adventures of the Doctor and his companions, stop here and visit another part of our Doctor Who section!

As River Song says: Spoilers!


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DATE: April 20th, 2013
WRITTEN BY: Neil Cross
DIRECTED BY: Jamie Payne
GUEST STARS: Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife)

  • This episode has been shuffled around, presumably originally slated as Episode 8 or 11. It is fully shot. Steven Moffat describes the episode as a “proper ghost story”.


DATE: May 4th, 2013
WRITTEN BY: Steve Thompson
MONSTER: Unknown

  • Perhaps the most anticipated of the new episodes, ‘Journey’ takes us on a long-yearned for look inside the halls and rooms of the TARDIS. Early reports have indicated a strange “stretchy hexagonal” type object that may be the Eye of Harmony – though any posts related to this revelation have since disappeared. The episode was penned by Steve Thompson, who previously worked with Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss on BBC’s Sherlock.


DATE: April 27th, 2013
WRITTEN BY: Mark Gatiss
DIRECTED BY: Saul Meitzstein
COMPANION: Clara, Vastra, Jenny, and Strax
GUEST STARS: Dame Diana Rigg, Rachael Stirling, Brendan Patricks, Carin Stewart, Neve MacIntosh
MONSTER: Unknown

  • Taking place in Victorian times, the Doctor and Clara team up with his enlisted companions from ‘A Good Man Goes to War’: Madame Vastra, Jenny, and the Sontaran Nurse, Strax (last seen in their adventure with the Snowmen). The new Team TARDIS encounter a very odd factory (called “Sweetsville”) that the Doctor immediately takes an interest in.
  • 02/07/2012 – Set pictures have revealed the return of a recently rumoured character, Jenny, previously seen in ‘A Good Man Goes to War’. Speculation abounded in June that Jenny may serve as a romantic interest for Clara (later debunked by Madame Vastra actress Neve McIntosh), strongly indicating the return of the character. Filming took place in Cardiff, where it doubled as a Yorkshire village called ‘Sweetville’ that seems to contain a very odd factory indeed. The Doctor’s dialogue was overheard describing the building: “There is something very odd about that factory – nobody who goes in seems to come back out. And there’s never any smoke.” The Doctor and Clara appear to be adventuring in period dress, which marks the Doctor’s second change of uniform in the latter part of series 7 (the first spotted change was for episode 11). Check out Hypable’s reports here and here!
  • 07/07/2012 – It looks like a reunion is in the works, with much of the supporting cast from series 6’s ‘A Good Man Goes to War’ spotted during filming in Llantristant Church (doubling for Yorkshire). Neve McIntosh returns as Madame Vastra, exiled Silurian warrior residing in Victorian London with her lover and maid, Jenny, and is joined by a new butler – the disgraced Sontaran Commander, Strax, who was last seen dying while battling at Demon’s Run. Some dialogue was overheard by set reporters, including a cheeky comment from Clara regarding the Doctor’s driving, and indications that the new duo may have landed themselves in some sort of circus of horrors. The rumoured title of this Mark Gatiss-penned episode is said to be “The Crimson Horror”. Check out Hypable’s report (and quotes!) here!


DATE: May 11th, 2013
WRITTEN BY: Neil Gaiman
DIRECTED BY: Stephen Wolfenden
GUEST STARS: Warwick Davis (Harry Potter, Star Wars)
MONSTER: The Cybermen

  • This episode features the return of two Doctor Who favourites: the Cybermen, last seen in series 6’s ‘Closing Time’. The script and cast list for this episode were leaked when a spare copy was left in a Cardiff taxi. This episode will feature a return of the “scary” Cybermen.

Episode 13

DATE: May 18th, 2013
WRITTEN BY: Steven Moffat
DIRECTED BY: Saul Metzstein
COMPANION: Clara, River, Vastra, Jenny, and Strax
MONSTER: Unknown

  • The big finale and Moffat’s final episode of the season. River Song will return. The paternoster gang (Vastra, Jenny, and Strax) will also return. As with the Eye of Harmony information, a spoiler indicating that this episode may feature River Song’s gravestone has disappeared, but is still being discussed on spoiler-ridden Gallifrey Base.

Below are the previous spoilers for series 7A!


General Spoilers:

  • This will be Amy and Rory’s final series, with the departure of the Ponds slated to occur in episode 5, ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’. The two will have a final five-episode run before 2012’s Christmas special, where Jenna-Louise Coleman will take over as the new companion for the rest of the series through 2013. [source] [source]
  • Alex Kingston will return as River Song. [source]
  • Mark Sheppard (Canton Everett Delaware III) has hinted he will return. [source]
  • Returning and New Writers: Mark Gatiss (‘The Unquiet Dead’, ‘Night Terrors’, Sherlock) is slated to write two episodes for series 7. Having pitched the idea to showrunner Steven Moffat on a train, one episode’s clues from Gatiss include the words “meat”, “klaxon”, and “Vienna”. [source] John Fay (of Torchwood: Children of Earth and Torchwood: Miracle Day) is slated to write a yet unknown episode for series 7. [source] Nail Gaiman has been announced as a returning writer for the back half of series 7. [source]
  • Returning monsters: Two villains from classic Who will be back for series 7. They are rumoured to be The Ice Warriors and The Web of Fear. [source] Additionally, brand-new Executive Producer Caroline Skinner has hinted at the possible return of the Zygons. [source] Steven Moffat has stated the Weeping Angels are returning. [source] The Daleks are making a return in episode 1. [source]
  • 07/04/2012 – Scene descriptions for episodes 1 and 5 have been released. [source]
  • 30/05/2012 – The new companion has landed! Set pictures have revealed shooting for episode 11 has started (episode name to come) in Cardiff, and Matt Smith has been joined by the first time by Jenna-Louise Coleman. Coleman’s character is reportedly called “Clara”. Not much else has been released about the episode, but all signs indicate to a new costume for the Doctor. Check out Hypable’s report here!
  • 14/06/2012 – Troll Overlord Steven Moffat has taken to twitter to tease the following: “See this new monster I’ve invented? It’s a GOOD one. This will SCARE you. Oh yes.” Moffat commented at the 2012 BAFTA awards that he had been working on the script for this year’s Christmas special, so these new monsters may be featuring in that episode. Check out Hypable’s report here!
  • 19/06/2012 – Matt Smith has teased two new tidbits about the upcoming season at his recent convention attendance. The first involves the return of a classic Who villain, the Ice Warriors. It looks like the return of these monsters trumps the long-held rumours that the Abominable Snowmen would make a reappearance. The second hint concerns Amy and Rory’s departure, which he likens to a scene that occurred in the 11th Doctor’s first episode, “The Eleventh Hour”. Check out Hypable’s report here!
  • COMIC-CON SPOILERS: 14/07/2012 – Not much is being said by “Karen and the Babes” around San Diego in the way of spoilers, but Matt Smith did manage to confirm the 2012 air date for the five-block Pond swan song of Doctor Who; Smith mentioned that the show is set to premiere in August, which comes in line with rumours floating around the Whoniverse. Judging by a recently announced lineup of specials for made specifically for BBC America that are set to air every Saturday in August, it’s safe to bet August 25th is the premiere date for the long-awaited series 7. Check out Hypable’s report here, and BBC America’s press release here!
  • COMIC-CON SPOILERS: 15/07/2012 – Few secrets were spilled at the Doctor Who Comic-Con panel, but two new clips from ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’ and ‘A Town Called Mercy’ offer tidbits of information for the upcoming season. Hypable reports on the ‘Dinosaurs’ clip: “As the panel came to a close, fans were treated to one last clip from the crazily titled “Dinosaurs on a Spaceship” which saw the Doctor assemble Queen Nefertiti, another Doctor, Amy, Rory, and Rory’s father to board the titular spaceship and face the titular dinosaurs.” And on the ‘Mercy’ clip: “A Roman, a kissagram and a 900-year-old alien walk into a bar. No, that’s not the set-up of a terrible joke — but the start of the clip as The Doctor and his companions enter a saloon. The Doctor approaches the barman to request a tea “with the bag left in” (in an authentic Western accent), but he is instead apprehended by the town undertaker who measures him and asks if he is an alien. Despite Amy and Rory’s best efforts, The Doctor answers in the affirmative and is promptly carted off.” Elsewhere in the panel, Steven Moffat confirmed that he does indeed have a plan for the Doctor’s name and the penultimate “Doctor Who?” question, but won’t share a thing. He did reveal that series 7 will be the biggest yet, with a huge amount of Daleks set for the series opener. And on the fall of the Ponds? Moffat was again tight-lipped, but did imply that he may have left open a possibility for a return from the married duo. Check out Hypable’s report here, and all of the Comic-Con 2012 coverage here!
  • 25/07/2012 – Steven Moffat is at it again, teasing fans with a few production updates in this month’s Doctor Who magazine. Among the Moff’s comments were certain gems, such as solid confirmation of Mark Gatiss’ two-episode involvement in the back half of the season, and some brief thoughts on Murray Gold’s music for episode 5 (which involves the phrase “kill you”). Additionally, the information provided by Moffat points to a little over half of the season being completely shot, with an episode count of 7 under the crew’s belts. Perhaps the biggest bit of news, however, is the reveal of the new number of Moffat-penned scripts for this season: now up to 5, behind last year’s count by 1. Read the full details and Hypable’s report here!
  • 02/08/2012 – The trailer has landed! Surprisingly (or not-so surprisingly, since it is Moffat), not a lot of new information has emerged from it. The few highlights include: a baby weeping angel (and Rory), an army of Daleks, the return of the Oncoming Storm, actual dinosaurs on an actual spaceship, River Song, and a comatose Amy being carried out of a Dalek fight in the Doctor’s arms. Check out the trailer here and the brand-new promotional image here!
  • 03/08/2012 – Huge news out today, courtesy of Doctor Who TV.  For the second part of series 7, we’ve been told to look out for a new TARDIS interior, new opening credits, and the return of a fan favourite writer – Neil Gaiman, formerly of ‘The Doctor’s Wife’ fame. Adding more the very Classic Who vibe of 7B: another adventure will take place around “The Eye of Harmony”, a Classic staple. Check out Hypable’s report here!

The New Companion Spoilers:

  • The companion will be joining the Doctor after Amy and Rory’s departure, starting in this year’s Christmas Special. [source]
  • Steven Moffat describes the Jenna-Louise Coleman’s new companion:
    • “It’s not often the Doctor meets someone who can talk even faster than he does, but it’s about to happen. Jenna is going to lead him his merriest dance yet. And that’s all you’re getting for now. Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.” [source]
  • Jenna-Louise Coleman has been cast as the yet unnamed companion. UPDATE: The companion’s name is Clara! [source] [source]
  • The Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular’s program included a forward written by Steven Moffat himself. Quote:
    • Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary is coming. In Cardiff, we’re gearing up for the biggest, the best and the most ambitious season we’ve ever made. There will be shocks, surprises and heartbreak – the Doctor is about to say goodbye to his very best friends, Amy and Rory. And then he’s about to say hello to someone very different – the Doctor is going to meet someone very new [in] the very last place he could ever have expected…” [source]
  • Clara is rumoured to be a lesbian, who may embark on a relationship with Madame Vastra (from series 5’s “A Good Man Goes to War”). This is merely a rumour, so flail about this with discretion! [source]

Casting Spoilers:

  • David Bradley (Harry Potter) has been cast in ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship’. [source]
  • Andrew Brook has been cast as The Reckoner in ‘A Town Called Mercy’. [source]
  • Ben Browder (Farscape, Stargate: SG-1) has been cast in ‘A Town Called Mercy’. [source]
  • Rob Cavazos has been cast to play Walter in ‘A Town Called Mercy’. [source]
  • Rupert Graves (Sherlock) has been cast in a ‘Dinosaurs on a Spaceship. [source]
  • Gerrick Hagon (Star Wars, Classic Who’s ‘The Mutants’) has been cast in a yet unknown role in ‘A Town Called Mercy’. [source]
  • Dominic Kemp has been cast as Kahler-Mas in a ‘A Town Called Mercy’. [source]
  • Mike McShane (Who’s Line is it Anyway?) has been cast as yet unnamed villain in ‘The Angels Take Manhattan’. [source]
  • Dame Diana Rigg (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service) and daughter Rachael Stirling (Snow White and the Huntsmen) have both been cast as a mother and daughter duo in an unnamed Mark Gatiss-penned episode. [source]
  • Adrian Scarborough (Upstairs Downstairs) has been cast as Kahler Jax in a yet ‘A Town Called Mercy’. [source]
  • Mark Williams (Harry Potter) has been cast as Brian Williams, father of Rory Williams (nee Pond). [source]

Episode Spoilers:


  • Check out the episode guide for a summary, or catch this episode on DVD! (Or Netflix, or Hulu, or the BBC, or BBC America – any will do.)


  • Check out the episode guide for a summary, or catch this episode on DVD! (Or Netflix, or Hulu, or the BBC, or BBC America – any will do.)


  • Check out the episode guide for a summary, or catch this episode on DVD! (Or Netflix, or Hulu, or the BBC, or BBC America – any will do.)


  • Check out the episode guide for a summary, or catch this episode on DVD! (Or Netflix, or Hulu, or the BBC, or BBC America – any will do.)


  • Check out the episode guide for a summary, or catch this episode on DVD! (Or Netflix, or Hulu, or the BBC, or BBC America – any will do.)


  • Check out the episode guide for a summary, or catch this episode on DVD! (Or Netflix, or Hulu, or the BBC, or BBC America – any will do.)

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