‘Doctor Who’ new episode images: Ice Warriors and fez return

March 05, 2013 | 6:41 p.m.

The Ice Warriors -- classic "Doctor Who" extraterrestrials -- will return in the show's seventh season. (BBC)

For all the talk of 2013 being the 50th anniversary celebration of “Doctor Who,” the Doctor himself has been conspicuously absent from screens for the first two months of the year. But that’s about to change on March 30, when the second half of the relaunched show’s seventh season returns with Matt Smith as the Doctor and a brand-new companion, Clara Oswin Oswald, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Eagle-eyed viewers will recognize the Doctor’s fez from the fifth-season finale, “The Big Bang,” and that year’s Christmas special, “A Christmas Carol.” Actually, dedicated Whovians will remember that the fez originally belonged to Albert Einstein and that the Doctor has been wearing fezzes since his seventh incarnation back in the 1980s.

The first new episode, titled “The Bells of St. Johns,” was written by show runner Steven Moffat and will introduce new villains called the Spoonheads, while the Doctor investigates something sinister going on in London’s Wi-Fi.

Neil Gaiman returns to write about the classic villain, the Cybermen, and “Luther” creator Neil Cross also writes an episode.

“There’s new Cybermen, new Ice Warriors and a never before attempted journey to the center of the TARDIS. And in the finale, the Doctor’s greatest secret will at last be revealed,” Moffat said in a statement.

Future plans for the Doctor’s 50th anniversary include two TV movies, one about the filming of the first episode of “Doctor Who” and the second an all-star adventure that many have speculated will feature all the Doctors in some way (including William Hartnell, the first Doctor, who died in 1975.)

Guest stars for the second half of the season include Warwick Davis, Richard E. Grant, Dougray Scott and the mother-daughter duo of Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling, who will appear on-screen together for the first time. Rigg will also be appearing in the new season of “Game of Thrones,” which returns on March 31.

– Patrick Kevin Day

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