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Series 7
33rd season since 1963
15 episodes
starting with The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Doctor Who Series 7-B The Bells of Saint John Logo
Series-7-promo-postcard
Doctor: Eleventh Doctor
Companion(s): Clara, Amy, Rory, River
Key crew
Executive producer(s): Steven Moffat
Caroline Skinner
Producer(s): Marcus Wilson
Denise Paul
Series details
Start date: 25 December 2011
End date: 18 May 2013
Premiere network: BBC One
Typical episode length: 45'
More info
Main DWM coverage in issues: 441, 442, 446, 447, 450, 451, 452, 453, 455, 456, 458, 459, 460, 461
DWMSE: 33, 37
Action figures for this series
Official trailer
DOCTOR WHO New Season 2012 Teaser Trailer s701:12

DOCTOR WHO New Season 2012 Teaser Trailer s7

Another official trailer
DOCTOR WHO Sept 1 BBC America Exclusive Trailer New Season01:01

DOCTOR WHO Sept 1 BBC America Exclusive Trailer New Season

One more official trailer
Doctor Who New Series 7 Part 2 (2013) Launch Trailer - BBC One00:41

Doctor Who New Series 7 Part 2 (2013) Launch Trailer - BBC One

Memorable moment
DOCTOR WHO Who are you, Clara? "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" BBC AMERICA02:06

DOCTOR WHO Who are you, Clara? "Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS" BBC AMERICA

Behind the scenes video
Q & A with Matt Smith and Caroline Skinner Part 1 - Doctor Who - BBC15:15

Q & A with Matt Smith and Caroline Skinner Part 1 - Doctor Who - BBC

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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.

Series 7 began its run on 1 September 2012 with five regular, stand-alone episodes which aired between 1 September 2012 and 29 September 2012 and a Christmas special. These were followed by the remaining eight episodes, which aired between 30 March 2013 and 18 May 2013.

Series 7 was followed by the mini-episodes The Night of the Doctor and The Last Day, the former of which saw Paul McGann return as the Eighth Doctor and marked the formal debut of John Hurt as the War Doctor. These stories led up to the premiere of the fiftieth anniversary special for the series, The Day of the Doctor, where Hurt made his one and only full appearance as the War Doctor, and the origins of Christopher Eccleston's Ninth Doctor were revealed. The anniversary special also featured an early cameo of Peter Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor before his full debut, and the return of Tom Baker in another cameo role as the Curator. Series 7's story arc was brought to a close with the 2013 Christmas special, The Time of the Doctor, Matt Smith's final story as the Eleventh Doctor and Peter Capaldi's entrance as the new Twelfth Doctor.

Overview

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.

Cast

Matt Smith, continued to play the Eleventh Doctor throughout all of series 7.

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 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.

Recurring

Guest

Production

Crew

Producers

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.[1]

Writers

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.

Fantasy author Neil Gaiman (who previously wrote The Doctor's Wife), wrote episode twelve.

Luther creator Neil Cross made his Doctor Who debut with episode seven, as well as writing episode nine.

Directors

Returning director Nick Hurran directed episodes one and five. Douglas Mackinnon, another returning director directed episodes four and eight.

New director Farren Blackburn directed the 2011 Christmas special, as well as episode seven.

Saul Metzstein, another director new to Doctor Who, directed episodes two, three, eleven, thirteen and the 2012 Christmas special.

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 Woolfenden, who directed episodes six, nine, ten and twelve respectively.

Filming

Filming for series 7 began on 20 February 2012.[2] Episode three was filmed in Spain, [3] 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.[4]

Television stories

Christmas special

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director PrequelNotes
N/AThe Doctor, the Widow and the WardrobeSteven MoffatFarren BlackburnPrequel

Mini-episodes

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
N/AGood as GoldThe Children of Ashdene SchoolSaul MetzsteinReappearance of a Weeping Angel.
N/APond LifeChris ChibnallSaul Metzstein Amy and Rory get into a serious fight that nearly ends their marriage. Cameo of an Ood.

Regular series

Autumn half

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Prequel Notes
1 Asylum of the DaleksSteven MoffatNick HurranPond Life and Asylum of the Daleks PrequelReappearance of the Daleks. First appearance of Clara Oswald. Amy and Rory reconcile.
2 Dinosaurs on a Spaceship Chris ChibnallSaul MetzsteinReappearance of the Silurians. First appearance of Brian Williams. David Bradley's first role with Doctor Who.
3 A Town Called MercyToby WhithouseSaul MetzsteinThe Making of the GunslingerThe Doctor is severely angered and nearly commits murder when his actions in the Time War are ridiculed.
4 The Power of ThreeChris ChibnallDouglas MackinnonReappearance of UNIT, Kate Stewart and Brian Williams.
5 The Angels Take ManhattanSteven MoffatNick HurranReappearance of the Weeping Angels and River Song. Final appearances of Amy Pond and Rory Williams.

Christmas special

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Prequel Notes
N/A The SnowmenSteven MoffatSaul MetzsteinThe Great Detective, Vastra Investigates and The Battle of Demons Run: Two Days Later Reintroduction of the Great Intelligence. Second introduction of Clara Oswald. Reappearance of Vastra, Strax and Jenny Flint. Debut of the Eleventh Doctor's new TARDIS console room.

Spring half

The remaining eight episodes of series 7 began airing on 30 March, 2013.

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Prequel Notes
6 The Bells of Saint JohnSteven MoffatColm McCarthyThe Bells of Saint John: A Prequel Reappearance of the Great Intelligence and UNIT. Third introduction of Clara Oswald. Debut of the Eleventh Doctor's Victorian costume.
7 The Rings of AkhatenNeil CrossFarren BlackburnClara's first TARDIS trip into space. First hints given that the TARDIS is adverse to her presence. Introduction of the Long Song leitmotif.
8 Cold War Mark GatissDouglas MackinnonReintroduction of the Ice Warriors.
9 HideNeil CrossJamie PayneThe Doctor's TARDIS begins to antagonise Clara; Clara witnesses the lifetime of the planet Earth from start to end.
10 Journey to the Centre of the TARDISSteve ThompsonMat KingExtensively explores the Doctor's TARDIS to a degree last equaled in the 1996 TV movie.
11The Crimson Horror Mark GatissSaul MetzsteinReappearance of Vastra, Strax and Jenny Flint.
12Nightmare in SilverNeil GaimanStephen WoolfendenReintroduction of the Mondasian Cybermen
13The Name of the DoctorSteven MoffatSaul MetzsteinShe Said, He Said and Clarence and the WhispermenReappearance of the Great Intelligence, River Song, Vastra, Strax and Jenny Flint. Introduction of the War Doctor.

DVD Box Set Mini-episodes

These three mini-episodes were released on the series 7 DVD boxset.

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
1 Clara and the TARDISSteven MoffatFocuses on Clara's relationship with the TARDIS.
2 Rain GodsNeil GaimanReappearance of River Song.
3 The InforariumSteven MoffatDetails how the Doctor erased himself from history.

Episode notes

  • 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. 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.
  • During Series 7, Matt Smith appeared as the Doctor in a non-canonical spoof titled One Born Every Minute, aired on 15 March 2013 as part of the annual Comic Relief appeal.

Aliens and enemies

Adaptations and merchandising

Home media

DVD

Title Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
1 × 60 min. 16 January 2012 1 March 2012 14 February 2012
Doctor Who: Series 7, Part 1
Pond Life
Asylum of the Daleks
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
A Town Called Mercy
The Power of Three
The Angels Take Manhattan
1 x 50 min.
4 × 45 min.
1 x 5 min.
29 October 2012 14 November 2012 13 November 2012
Doctor Who: Series 7, Part 2
The Snowmen
The Bells of Saint John
The Rings of Akhaten
Cold War
Hide
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
The Crimson Horror
Nightmare in Silver
The Name of the Doctor
1 x 60 min.
8 x 45 min.
27 May 201322 May 201328 May 2013
Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Pond Life
Asylum of the Daleks
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
A Town Called Mercy
The Power of Three
The Angels Take Manhattan
The Snowmen
The Bells of Saint John
The Rings of Akhaten
Cold War
Hide
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
The Crimson Horror
Nightmare in Silver
The Name of the Doctor
Clara and the TARDIS
Rain Gods
The Inforarium
1 x 50 min.
2 x 60 min.
12 x 45 min.
1 x 5 min.
3 x 2 min.
28 October 2013 30 October 2013 28 September 2013

Blu-ray

Title Number and duration
of episodes
R2 release date R4 release date R1 release date
Doctor Who: The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
1 × 60 min. 16 January 2012 1 March 2012 14 February 2012
Doctor Who: Series 7, Part 1
Pond Life
Asylum of the Daleks
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
A Town Called Mercy
The Power of Three
The Angels Take Manhattan
1 x 50 min.
4 × 45 min.
1 x 5 min.
29 October 2012 14 November 2012 13 November 2012
Doctor Who: Series 7, Part 2
The Snowmen
The Bells of Saint John
The Rings of Akhaten
Cold War
Hide
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
The Crimson Horror
Nightmare in Silver
The Name of the Doctor
1 x 60 min.
8 x 45 min.
27 May 201322 May 201328 May 2013
Doctor Who: The Complete Seventh Series
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Pond Life
Asylum of the Daleks
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship
A Town Called Mercy
The Power of Three
The Angels Take Manhattan
The Snowmen
The Bells of Saint John
The Rings of Akhaten
Cold War
Hide
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
The Crimson Horror
Nightmare in Silver
The Name of the Doctor
Clara and the TARDIS
Rain Gods
The Inforarium
1 x 50 min.
2 x 60 min.
12 x 45 min.
1 x 5 min.
3 x 2 min.
28 October 2013 30 October 2013 28 September 2013

Novels

Audiobooks

Footnotes

  1. Executive Producer Moves On. BBC - Doctor Who. Retrieved on 13 March 2013.
  2. Morgan Jeffery (9 February 2012). 'Doctor Who' to resume filming this month, Saul Metzstein to direct. Digital Spy. Retrieved on 23 August 2012.
  3. The Doctor Who Team (16 July 2012). New Series: Dinosaurs and Mercy!. BBC - Blogs - Doctor Who. Retrieved on 7 November 2012.
  4. "Marcus" (24 March 2012). Production: Convention News. Doctor Who News. Retrieved on 23 August 2012.

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