A scene from the first episode of series seven of Doctor Who, Asylum of the Daleks, finds the Doctor (Matt Smith) standing before thousands of examples of every Dalek ever faced by the Time Lord since the sixties and is described as an epic Dalek adventure. If you think you know all there is to know about the Daleks, think again. The new series will also features Arthur Darvill as Rory, Alex Kingston as River Song and Rupert Graves as an Indiana Jones-style adventurer.
Episode Two, Dinosaurs On A Spaceship, looks like tremendous fun as wel, even if there’s a suspicion that the execution might come off as naff although it does feature the Doctor riding a Triceratops, and also features one of the largest sets used to date,
There is also a western-themed episode, A Town Called Mercy. In this episode Doctor Who goes western, and elsewhere during the series, there’s a mischievous-looking Egyptian lady, some rather camp sounding robots, an ice planet, some classic Doctor emoting and River Song. Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling have also been seen filming with Matt Smith and new assistant Jenna-Louise Coleman recreating their off-screen relationship on-screen, as they play a mother and daughter with a dark secret . Other famous faces appearing in the new series include David Warner (who has managed to appear in TWO films about the Titanic, including Titanic), Liam Cunningham from Game of Thrones and Jessica Raine (best known for the retro-drama Call The Midwife).
Series seven begins later this month and will be followed by a Christmas special, The five episodes that will air before Christmas will climax in the departure of Amy and Rory (Arthur Darvill) during the New York-set episode five halfway through the season, which follows on from the end of The God Complex last year, during which The Doctor deposited them in New York. Karen Gillan is being replaced by former Emmerdale star Jenna-Louise Coleman for the Christmas special. which means that what would normally be a preamble for the main event is serving as the big finale to an epic three-year story.
Doctor Who also looks set to do rather well in this year’s TV Choice Awards, if the nominations are anything to go by. The show is up for three awards, Best Family Drama, Best Actor (Matt Smith) and Best Actress (Karen Gillan). Once again Matt is up against Benedict Cumberbatch in his category (as well as Colin Morgan from Merlin and Martin Clunes from Doc Martin), with Sherlock appearing in Best Drama.
Personally I’m hoping that Rory turns to the dark side and starts calling himself “Darth Urarvill” 😀 Anyway, Arthur Darvill has signed up to appear alongside Ex-Doctor David Tennant in a new ITV drama Broadchurch, written by Doctor Who’s Chris Chibnall, which is about a small community which falls under intense media scrutiny, during the search for the killers of a young boy. David plays a newly-arrived police detective, trying to crack the case without the help of a local detective sergeant, played by Olivia Colman and Arthur plays the town priest.