“Doctor Who” returns to U.S. airwaves on March 30, and this weekend the BBC released new images from four upcoming episodes, as well as information on what we can expect from the second half of Season 7.
Here are a few hints: a dangerous cruise on a Russian submarine, a haunted mansion on the moor, and Dame Diana Rigg. Oh, and something about how the Doctor’s greatest secret will be revealed.
“It’s the 50th year of ‘Doctor Who’ and look what’s going on!” “Doctor Who” lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat said in a BBC release. “If this wasn’t already our most exciting year it would be anyway!”
“Doctor Who” fans will also, hopefully, get some answers about the Doctor’s next companion, Clara Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman). We first met Clara in the Christmas special when she was a 19th century barmaid and governess, but in the midseason premiere, “The Bells of Saint John,” Doctor Who will find what appears to be the same person (same name anyway) in modern-day London.
“You’ve sort of met her, but you sort of haven’t,” Moffat says. “The same shed-load of attitude you saw before, the same rapid-fire banter with the Doctor, but this time she’s living in modern London with no memory of the Time Lord!”
This first episode will be a modern, urban thriller about “something sinister lurking in the Wi-Fi,” according to BBC. And the Doctor will meet new nemeses, the Spoonheads.
Future episodes will take Clara and the Doctor to the inhabited rings of the planet Akhaten, so Clara can see “something awesome.” In an episode titled “Cold War” the pair wind up on a damaged Russian submarine in 1983, helping the crew face off against an alien creature. They will also get to the bottom of what is chasing a ghost in a haunted mansion.
The show returns at 8 p.m. March 30 Pacific time on BBC America.
– Deborah Netburn