Here are the images the BBC has released to promote the series seven finale, “The Name of the Doctor,” airing this weekend.
None of these photos is a spoiler — unless you haven’t seen the “Next Time” trailers for the upcoming episode, in which case, I strongly advise you to avert your eyes!
Catch the finale at 8 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.
We’re down to one last precious episode in series seven, and by all indications it’s a doozy! “The Name of the Doctor” promises to reveal the Time Lord’s greatest secret. I’m just wondering if we fans are jumping to conclusions when we assume that big secret is his name. Still, I love the way Dr. Simeon (Richard E. Grant) challenges him: “What is your name?”
Anyway, to get you psyched for the big show, let’s look at the episode trailers, beginning with the BBC’s “Next Time” tease…
And, for the home team, the BBC America trail…
Is it Saturday night yet?
Mission: Accomplished. Cybermen: Upgraded.
In order to lure noted fantasy author Neil Gaiman back to write another episode of DOCTOR WHO after his Hugo-winning story of last season, “The Doctor’s Wife,” show-runner Steven Moffat asked Gaiman if he would like to make the Cybermen scary again.
Neil did; and then he did. Make the Cybermen scary again, I mean. And he did it, rather simply and realistically, by following a “natural” trend in technology: getting faster, better and smaller. The Cybermen have gained the ability to adapt on the fly; they can move faster than the human eye can follow; and the once-fearsome Cybermats have been shrunken down to tiny Cybermites. And worse, the Cybermites can be thrown at you! And then they crawl all over you and attach themselves to your face. Yuck!
It was only a matter of time until Madame Vastra, Jenny and Strax made another appearance on DOCTOR WHO and, given their tie-in to the mystery of Clara from Christmas, that time was going to come sooner rather than later.
Yorkshire, 1893. Madame Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) investigate when the latest victim of “the Crimson Horror” is discovered to have an image of the Doctor (Matt Smith) burned into his retina. The trail leads to Sweetville, a Utopian society operated by Mrs. Gillyflower (Diana Rigg), which accepts only exemplars of the human form. Jenny infiltrates the society and discovers the Doctor chained in a secret room, his skin turned crimson and waxy, just like the deceased victims of the Crimson Horror.
You might call this “Inside the Spaceship — the Extended Cut,” because at last DOCTOR WHO explores more of the Doctor’s wondrous stolen vehicle than ever before. On the (slightly) downside, this story was a pretty much what I was afraid it would be: a travelogue of the TARDIS, providing teasing glimpses of the interior over the course of a narrative concerned with other matters.
Inside the spaceship: The Doctor (Matt Smith) wants to help smooth relations between Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) and the TARDIS by teaching his new companion how to fly the ship, so he puts it in “Basic Mode.” Almost the instant Clara touches the controls, the TARDIS is rocked by power loss, explosions and music is heard. Outside, the TARDIS grasped by gigantic metal magno-grab arms and cast onto a pile of debris aboard a salvage ship run by the Van Baalen Bros: Gregor (Ashley Walters), Bram (Mark Oliver) and the android Tricky (Jahvel Hall). As the Doctor frantically tries to regain control, Clara asks if there’s a way to fix the damage. “Oh, yes, big, friendly button,” he tells her. Then the console explodes. Something rolls toward Clara and she picks it up, but it’s too hot to handle and she drops it. Aboard the salvage ship, the Van Baalens think they have a derelict escape pod, but Tricky spots two feet in the junk pile — which belong to the Doctor. He blames them for breaking his ship, and then realizes Clara is trapped inside. He enlists the brothers to help search for her, promising them the salvage of a lifetime.
This Saturday, DOCTOR WHO fans are in for a treat: another story from the pen of renowned fantasy author Neil Gagman, the writer who gave us “The Doctor’s Wife.”
In this story, Warwick Davis plays Porridge, and in this clip he gives Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) a little history lesson.
“It’s hard to fight an enemy that uses your armies as spare parts,” Porridge pointed out. That’s pretty potent stuff if you think about it.
And we do need something to help us get over the next couple of days until we can watch “Nightmare in Silver” Saturday at 8 p.m. on BBC America.
Another week, another movie-style adventure and another big gallery of stills for this week’s DOCTOR WHO.
But this isn’t just any old story; this week’s entry, “Nightmare in Silver,” was penned by prolific and universally respected fantasy author Neil Gaiman, who wrote the Hugo Award-winning “The Doctor’s Wife” for season.
Watch Gaiman do his bit to rehabilitate the Mondasians at 8 p.m. Saturday on BBC America.
ETA: Sorry about messing up the gallery, folks, but it’s fixed now. I uploaded 20 different photos, just to make it worth your while to revisit.
The BBC released a bunch of photos promoting this week’s episode of DOCTOR WHO, so once again I have culled my favorites for your edification.
Here’s the BBC synopsis:
There’s something very odd about Mrs. Gillyflower’s (Diana Rigg) Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people. There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor (Matt Smith) and Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) go missing, it’s up to Vastra (Neve McIntosh), Jenny (Catrin Stewart) and Strax (Dan Starkey) to rescue them before they, too, fall victim to the Crimson Horror!
Watch it at 8 p.m. on BBC America.
The best part of this clip is the pseudo-newsreel feel; the sepia tone and ersatz scratches on the image — just like old film stock.
“The Crimson Horror” features Dame Diana Rigg facing off against Matt Smith‘s Doctor, and it looks very atmospheric. Just look at the Doctor and Clara arriving in a foggy street in Yorkshire in 1893! I question the wisdom of putting two scary episodes so close together, but all I’m really looking for is a cracking good story, so…
The clip makes a couple of fun references to an old companion longtime fans will remember:
“The Crimson Horror” will air Saturday night at 8 o’clock on BBC America.
It really is bigger on the inside!
Matt Smith (the Doctor) tells us what to expect in tonight’s episode — and why he thinks it’s a winner. (As if the clips we’ve seen haven’t been enough to stoke the fires.)
I really hope this turns out to be a crackerjack episode, because this story is going to be remembered by fans and become series cannon — until another story picks up the premise of the looking at the TARDIS’ interior.
One thing does concern me: In all the publicity I’ve seen for this episode, no one has mentioned the Sontaran patrol that took off into the depths of the TARDIS in the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) classic “The Invasion of Time” and was never seen again. Are those clones still inside?
Perhaps we’ll find out tonight at 8 o’clock on BBC America…