The Doctor Rides a Motorcycle; Motorcycles Are Cool

Heartbroken fans of the Ponds may feel like the world has ended now that Amy and Rory are gone, but life goes on for the Doctor — and that means the balance of series seven still must be filmed with the Time Lord’s new companion.

Here are some great shots of the Doctor (Matt Smith) and “Clara” (Jenna-Louise Coleman) riding a motorcycle. Word from the set is that the Doctor drives it out of the TARDIS to rescue Clara from… something. Did he grab the bike from the TARDIS garage? Imagine if he’d picked up the keys for a revamped Whomobile! There’s no word on which episode this is from.

Matt and Jenna will be seen in the next episode of series seven, the Christmas episode, which is slated to air on Christmas Day.

Neil Gaiman Has a Follow-up Appointment With the Doctor

Best news of the day by far: Neil Gaiman has been 100 percent confirmed as a writer of an episode in the back half of series seven. He has penned the 12th episode, which will be followed by Steven Moffat’s season’s ender.

Of course there is no word yet on the episode’s title or storyline or guest cast, but just knowing that it is going to happen is awesome. Fans will recall that Gaiman won a Hugo award for his previous contribution, last year’s “The Doctor’s Wife.”

Confirmation of this news comes from the newest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, which lists the writers and directors for the rest of the season — but no broadcast dates or story titles. The rest of the writing roster looks like this:

1) 706. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Colm McCarthy. (Filming now)

2) 707. Written by Neil Cross. Directed by Farren Blackburn. (Not filmed)

3) 708. Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Douglas Mackinnon. (Filmed)

4) 709. Written by Neil Cross. Directed by Jamie Payne. (Filmed)

5) 710. Written by Stephen Thompson. Directed by Mat King. (Filmed)

6) 711. Written by Mark Gatiss. Directed by Saul Metzstein. (Filmed)

7) 712. Written by Neil Gaiman. Directed by Stephen Wolfenden. (Not filmed)

8) 713. Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by TBA. (Not filmed)

DOCTOR WHO Series 7 Episode Synopses

I’m the type of fan who doesn’t mind knowing a bit about upcoming episodes of my favorite shows; I just don’t want to know everything. Thanks to my previous job at Soap Opera Weekly, I got used to knowing what was coming more than two weeks ahead of time, and often I saw prime-time shows way before the rest of the home audience. I thought that was cool.

BCC America have posted official synopses of the first three episodes of Series 7, which kicks off on Saturday. These won’t ruin the episodes for you, but if you want to avoid knowing anything about what’s coming up, you should skip today’s post. (I won’t be offended. Promise.)

Last chance. !SPOILER WARNING! The good stuff comes after the jump…
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America’s Appointment With the Doctor Moved Up!

The 11th Doctor has taught us that “Time can be rewritten” — so why not a press release? Taking just such a course, BBC America has decided to debut the first episode of the new season of DOCTOR WHO on Saturday, Sept. 1, at 9 p.m. ET, one week earlier than previously announced.

The good news is that not only do we get the Doctor and the Ponds sooner than we thought, we Yanks get to keep up with the Time Lord’s activities on the same schedule as our friends in Great Britain and Canada. Thank you, BBC America!

Here’s a look at BBC America’s new teaser trailer, which includes new footage (along with the new date):

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Can the Doctor “Save the Daleks”?

Oh, of course he can! All the Doctor has to do is… er, um… Hey, wait a minnit!

“Save the Daleks”? WTH?

Save the mad pepperpots he’s been battling since his first incarnation? That’s crazy! Anyone who thinks that ought to be locked up in an… asylum…. Yes, I see where the episode title comes from now…

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BBC America Schedules Doctor Appointment for Sept. 8

Not to blow my own horn (too much), but I called it! In a piece of reasoning worth of the Ninth Doctor, I predicted that BBC America would hold back the premiere of DOCTOR WHO Series 7 for one week, due to the Labor Day holiday weekend, when viewers will be outdoors, rather than perched in front of the TV. Odds are the BBC will debut Series 7 on Sept. 1.

Lo and behold, BBC America has done exactly, that, trumpeting the scheduling of “Asylum of the Daleks” for Saturday, Sept. 8, at 9 p.m. ET. Check out the promo (which is really just the Series 7 long trailer with a concrete date inserted at the end, but let’s face it, this is an awesome teaser!)

ETA: On Aug. 22, BBC America changed its mind and moved the premiere forward to Sept. 1, thus invalidating the end of this trailer, so it was removed. Please take a look at my Aug. 22 post, “America’s Appointment With the Doctor Moved Up!” for the new trailer — featuring new scenes!

Somehow, having a definite date makes it both easier and more difficult to wait for the first episode to actually air! I mean, c’mon, the way Matt Smith delivers the line, “Dinosaurs — on a spaceship!” is just as amazing as… well, dinosaurs on a spaceship.

DOCTOR WHO Brings out the Gimp

We all (I hope) fondly remember the Russell T Davies era that so successfully relaunched DOCTOR WHO for the 21st century, and now the show is (sort of) doing something for Davies in return…

Bleeding Cool reports that years ago (before he was even involved in DW), Davies privately commissioned a Dalek in all-black livery for his home, and his friends took to calling it the “Gimp Dalek.”

Yesterday’s BFI screening of the Series 7 premiere confirmed that “Asylum of the Daleks” truly features every Dalek ever — including Davies’ Gimp Dalek! Current executive producer Steven Moffat had his predecessor’s specialized Dalek shipped to the studio, where it was included in filming, thus making the Gimp Dalek a canon character in the Whoniverse!

I wonder if the Gimp takes a lot of naps in the basement…

When Will DOCTOR WHO Return to U.S. TV Screens?

The seventh season of DOCTOR WHO since the series regeneration premieres in Great Britain on Sept. 1. In the past, the show has debuted here in the USA on the same day — however, that Saturday falls on the long Labor Day weekend here in the colonies.

Ratings on that date will doubtless be nowhere near what BBC America would be hoping for, so I think there is a distinct possibility that BBCA will hold the series back one week for us Yanks. But that’s just my guess; I have not heard anything official, because the Beeb hasn’t made any announcements.
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DOCTOR WHO 2012 Christmas Special Takes Shape

Now we know a tiny bit more about this winter’s DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special — and it’s all good stuff! We already knew the episode would introduce the Doctor’s newest assistant (possibly named Clara), but whom will the new combo be pitted against?

The baddie will be played by none other than erstwhile Ninth Doctor himself, Richard E. Grant! Grant, who voiced the ninth incarnation of the Doctor for the BBC-authorized audio adventure Scream of the Shalka during the Wilderness Years, is probably best known for starring in the movie Withnail and I, but he also has another tie to the DW universe. He played the “Quite Handsome Doctor” in Steven Moffat’s first foray into Who, “The Curse of the Fatal Death.”
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Watch the New (and Improved) Trailer for DOCTOR WHO Series 7

Early this morning the BBC released an all-new trailer for the upcoming season of DOCTOR WHO (the third featuring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor), and it looks… spectacular! The 90-second snippet is fun and scary and intriguing – just like the series itself. The action keeps your head spinning as the clip hop scotches from episode to episode – but with an emphasis on the exciting season opener, “Asylum of the Daleks,” featuring all the  Daleks.

Isn’t that exciting? No, that’s not the correct word; try jaw-dropping! I don’t know if my favorite part is Doctor’s joyful, childlike  face when he says, “Dinosaurs… on a spaceship!” or his fatalism when he grimly answers Rory’s “Who killed all the Daleks?” question with, “Who do you think…”
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