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Series 7 of Doctor Who, sometimes known as Season 33 to avoid confusion with the original Season 7, was broadcast on BBC One between 2012 and 2013. Like Series 6, it was split into two parts. The BBC first announced the new series, which contained fourteen episodes, on the official Doctor Who site on 8 June 2011.
Although it is not officially classed as part of the seventh series, the show's 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor, as well as its associated media such as The Night of the Doctor, is often discussed as part of series seven.
Series 7 has been described at being a series of "movies" squeezed into forty five minutes, although The Snowmen was sixty minutes. The first half is about the Doctor deleting himself from the Universe to hide himself from the deadly Silence, who attempted to assassinate him in Series 6 to stop him from answering the Question. During this time, the Doctor regularly visits Amy Pond and Rory Williams and also meets his grandfather-in-law Brian Williams. The Doctor meets his wife, River Song, in the final episode of the first half of the series, which involved the Weeping Angels who separated him from Amy and Rory forever.
As established in The Name of the Doctor, in Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen and thousands of other encounters with the Doctor before, echoes of Clara Oswald were sent through time with the purpose of saving the Doctor, dying in at least the lives in Asylum and The Snowmen. The Doctor, not knowing who Clara was, realised that both incarnations of her were the same woman and believed there would be more versions of her somewhere in the Universe. He found and travelled with the original Clara from 2013, determined to solve the mystery of the "impossible girl". To save the Doctor from having his victories undone by the Great Intelligence, Clara followed the Intelligence into the wound of the Doctor's timeline from his tomb on Trenzalore, sacrificing herself to save the Doctor many times over.
Karen Gillan, who played Amy Pond, and Arthur Darvill, who played Amy's husband Rory Williams, returned for the first five episodes, departing in The Angels Take Manhattan. This episode also featured River Song, played by Alex Kingston, who again returned for the season finale.
Jenna-Louise Coleman debuted as the original, 21st century version of Clara Oswald, the Doctor's newest companion, from The Bells of Saint John. Prior to this episode, echoes of Clara spread through time, known as Oswin Oswald in the Dalek Asylum and Clara Oswin Oswald in Victorian London, appeared in Asylum of the Daleks and The Snowmen respectively, also played by Coleman, and dying at the end of each story. Other versions of Clara existing at various prior eras of the show were also played by Coleman in The Name of the Doctor.
- The Doctor - Matt Smith
- Amy Pond - Karen Gillan
- Rory Williams - Arthur Darvill
- Clara Oswald - Jenna-Louise Coleman
- Madame Vastra - Neve McIntosh
- Jenny Flint - Catrin Stewart
- Strax - Dan Starkey
- Dr Simeon/Great Intelligence - Richard E. Grant
- Madge Arwell - Claire Skinner
- Cyril Arwell - Maurice Cole
- Lily Arwell - Holly Earl
- Brian Williams - Mark Williams
- Queen Nefertiti - Riann Steele
- Solomon - David Bradley
- John Riddell - Rupert Graves
- Kahler-Jex - Adrian Scarborough
- The Gunslinger - Andrew Brooke
- Isaac - Ben Browder
- Kate Stewart - Jemma Redgrave
- River Song - Alex Kingston
- Voice of the Great Intelligence - Ian McKellen
- Latimer - Tom Ward
- Miss Kizlet - Celia Imrie
- Artie Maitland - Kassius Carey Johnson
- Angie Maitland - Eve De Leon Allen
- Merry Galel - Emilia Jones
- Captain Zhukov - Liam Cunningham
- Professor Grisenko - David Warner
- Skaldak - Spencer Wilding
- Alec Palmer - Dougray Scott
- Emma Grayling - Jessica Raine
- Gregor Van Baalen - Ashley Walters
- Bram Van Baalen - Mark Oliver
- Tricky Van Baalen - Jahvel Hall
- Winifred Gillyflower - Diana Rigg
- Ada Gillyflower - Rachael Stirling
- Porridge - Warwick Davis
- Alice Ferrin - Tamzin Outhwaite
- The Doctor - David Tennant
- The Doctor - John Hurt
- The Moment - Billie Piper
Before the airing of Series 7, it was announced that both Beth Willis and Piers Wenger would step down as executive producers. Willis' last credit was on The Wedding of River Song; however, Piers Wenger stayed for one episode longer, and produced The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe.
A new executive producer named Caroline Skinner joined Steven Moffat to produce The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe onwards, but it was announced before the broadcast of the spring half of Series 7 that she was departing the show after just one season and would be replaced by BBC Wales Head of Drama, Faith Penhale.
Head writer Steven Moffat wrote seven episodes. He has written the 2011 Christmas special, episodes one and five in the autumn run, the Children in Need mini-episode, the 2012 Christmas special, episodes six and thirteen of the spring run, and the 50th anniversary special.
Chris Chibnall and Toby Whithouse, who had both written episodes for multiple previous series of Doctor Who, returned to contribute scripts for the Autumn run. Chibnall wrote episodes two and four, while Whithouse wrote episode three.
Mark Gatiss also returned, writing episodes eight and eleven.
Another returning writer was Steve Thompson, who wrote episode ten.
Luther creator Neil Cross made his Doctor Who debut with episode seven, as well as writing episode nine.
A handful of new directors directed one episode each in the spring half of the series. These are: Colm McCarthy, Jamie Payne, Mat King and Stephen Wolfenden, who directed episodes six, nine, ten and twelve representatively.
Filming for series 7 began on 20 February 2012. Episode three was filmed in Spain,  as were some scenes for episode one. Filming for episode five saw the crew return to America. This time, they were filming in New York.
Television stories Edit
Christmas special Edit
|N/A||The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe||Steven Moffat||Farren Blackburn||Prequel|
|N/A||Good as Gold||The Children of Ashdene School||Saul Metzstein||Reappearance of a Weeping Angel.|
Regular series Edit
Autumn half Edit
|1||Asylum of the Daleks||Steven Moffat||Nick Hurran||Pond Life and Asylum of the Daleks Prequel||Reappearance of the Daleks. First appearance of Clara Oswald.|
|2||Dinosaurs on a Spaceship||Chris Chibnall||Saul Metzstein||Reappearance of the Silurians. First appearance of Brian Williams.|
|3||A Town Called Mercy||Toby Whithouse||Saul Metzstein||The Making of the Gunslinger|
|4||The Power of Three||Chris Chibnall||Douglas Mackinnon||Reappearance of UNIT, Kate Stewart and Brian Williams.|
|5||The Angels Take Manhattan||Steven Moffat||Nick Hurran||Reappearance of the Weeping Angels and River Song. Final appearances of Amy Pond and Rory Williams.|
Christmas special Edit
|N/A||The Snowmen||Steven Moffat||Saul Metzstein||The Great Detective, Vastra Investigates and The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later||Reintroduction of the Great Intelligence. Second introduction of Clara Oswald. Reintroduction of Vastra, Strax and Jenny Flint|
Spring half Edit
The remaining eight episodes of Series 7 began airing on 30 March, 2013.
|6||The Bells of Saint John||Steven Moffat||Colm McCarthy||The Bells of Saint John: A Prequel||Reappearance of the Great Intelligence and UNIT. Third introduction of Clara Oswald.|
|7||The Rings of Akhaten||Neil Cross||Farren Blackburn|
|8||Cold War||Mark Gatiss||Douglas Mackinnon||Return of the Ice Warriors.|
|9||Hide||Neil Cross||Jamie Payne|
|10||Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS||Steve Thompson||Mat King|
|11||The Crimson Horror||Mark Gatiss||Saul Metzstein||Reappearance of Vastra, Strax and Jenny Flint.|
|12||Nightmare in Silver||Neil Gaiman||Stephen Woolfenden||Reintroduction of the Cybermen|
|13||The Name of the Doctor||Steven Moffat||Saul Metzstein||She Said, He Said and Clarence and the Whispermen||Reappearance of the Great Intelligence, River Song, Vastra, Strax and Jenny Flint. Introduction of the War Doctor.|
50th anniversary special Edit
|N/A||The Day of the Doctor||Steven Moffat||Nick Hurran||The Night of the Doctor and The Last Day||Reappearance of the War Doctor, the Tenth Doctor and the Zygons.|
DVD Box Set Mini-episodes Edit
These three mini-episodes were released on the Series 7 DVD boxset.
|1||Clara and the TARDIS||Steven Moffat|
|2||Rain Gods||Neil Gaiman||Reappearance of River Song.|
|3||The Inforarium||Steven Moffat|
Episode notes Edit
- This is the only series so far to have special 'movie' posters made featuring titles, cast and credits.
- For the first time in Doctor Who, this series had no two-parters in it, however The Name of the Doctor ends with a "To be continued" cliffhanger leading into the 50th anniversary special. In addition, Asylum of the Daleks through The Angels Take Manhattan form a loose story arc involving Amy and Rory, whereas the mystery of Clara is a background arc contained in the remaining episodes of the season.
- This is the second series of Doctor Who in which all the stories have the same number of episodes, the first being Season 18.
Aliens and enemies Edit
- Dalek puppets
- Dalek Prime Minister
- Robot 1 and Robot 2
- Weeping Angels
- Great Intelligence
- Walter Simeon
- Miss Kizlet
- The Mummy
- Old God
- Ice Warrior
- The Crooked Man
- Time zombies
- Winifred Gillyflower
- Mr Sweet
- The Whisper Men
Adaptations and merchandising Edit
Home media Edit
- ↑ Executive Producer Moves On. BBC - Doctor Who. Retrieved on 13 March 2013.
- ↑ Morgan Jeffery (9 February 2012). 'Doctor Who' to resume filming this month, Saul Metzstein to direct. Digital Spy. Retrieved on 23 August 2012.
- ↑ The Doctor Who Team (16 July 2012). New Series: Dinosaurs and Mercy!. BBC - Blogs - Doctor Who. Retrieved on 7 November 2012.
- ↑ "Marcus" (24 March 2012). Production: Convention News. Doctor Who News. Retrieved on 23 August 2012.