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Series 7 of Doctor Who ran between 6 December 2011 and 24 September 2013. It starred Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, Karen Gillan as Amy Pond, Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams and Jenna Coleman as Clara Oswald. The regular series was preceded by The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe, opened with Asylum of the Daleks and concluded with The Name of the Doctor, with the gap between parts one and two of the series being bridged by The Snowmen.

Overview Edit

It consisted of fifteen stories and episodes. This series was broadcast on BBC One between 2012 and 2013, and, 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 It was followed by a series of 2013 specials, in honour of the programme's 50th anniversary. This was the last full series with Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor.

Series 7 has been described as 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 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 many 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, influencing the outcomes of his many battles, and even making sure he stole the right TARDIS from Gallifrey when he originally left.

Cast Edit

Recurring Edit

Guest Edit

Production Edit

Crew Edit

Producers Edit

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 Edit

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 Edit

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 Edit

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] Filming for The Snowmen began 6 August.[5]

Television stories Edit

Christmas special Edit

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director PrequelNotes
N/AThe Doctor, the Widow and the WardrobeSteven MoffatFarren BlackburnPrequelThe Doctor reestablishes contact with Amy and Rory.

Mini-episodes Edit

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
N/AGood as GoldThe Children of Ashdene SchoolSaul MetzsteinAppearance of a Weeping Angel.
N/APond LifeChris ChibnallSaul MetzsteinGlimpse into the life of Amy and Rory.

Regular series Edit

Autumn half Edit

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Prequel Notes
1 Asylum of the DaleksSteven MoffatNick HurranPond Life and Asylum of the Daleks PrequelFirst appearance of Clara Oswald (in the form of Oswin Oswald).
2 Dinosaurs on a Spaceship Chris Chibnall Saul MetzsteinFirst appearance of Brian Williams. David Bradleys first role on the show. Appearance of a Silurian.
3 A Town Called MercyToby WhithouseThe Making of the GunslingerThe Master is mentioned for the first time in Matt Smith's run as the Doctor.
4 The Power of ThreeChris ChibnallDouglas MackinnonReintroduction of Kate Stewart.
5 The Angels Take ManhattanSteven MoffatNick HurranFinal regular appearances of Amy Pond, Rory Williams and River Song. A webcast, P.S., was later released, detailing an unfilmed scene, featuring the last appearance of Brian Williams.

Christmas special Edit

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 Reappearance of Clara as Clara Oswin Oswald. Reintroduction of the Great Intelligence. Establishment of Vastra, Strax and Jenny Flint as the Paternoster Gang. First appearance of a memory worm. Debut of the neon TARDIS console room.

Spring half Edit

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 Debut of the Eleventh Doctor's purple costume. First appearance of regular Clara Oswald. First appearance of Angie And Artie Maitland. Reappearance of the Great Intelligence.
7 The Rings of AkhatenNeil CrossFarren BlackburnClara's backstory is explained. First appearance of Dave Oswald.
8 Cold War Mark GatissDouglas MackinnonReintroduction of the Ice Warriors.
9 HideNeil CrossJamie PayneThe Doctor and Clara travel through the history of the Earth
10 Journey to the Centre of the TARDISSteve ThompsonMat KingClara finds out about her splinters and the Doctor's name. Reintroduction to the Eye of Harmony.
11The Crimson Horror Mark GatissSaul Metzstein100th Episode of the Revived Series. Angie And Artie find out about Clara's life with the Doctor.
12Nightmare in SilverNeil GaimanStephen Woolfenden First appearance of the Cyberiad Cybermen. Reintroduction to the Cyber-Planner.
13The Name of the DoctorSteven MoffatSaul MetzsteinShe Said, He Said and Clarence and the WhispermenIntroduction of the War Doctor. River Song is seen at the end of her life. Explanation of Clara's multiple lives, giving resolution to the "Woman Twice Dead" arc.

DVD Box Set Mini-episodes Edit

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

Episode
Number
Title Writer Director Notes
N/A Clara and the TARDISSteven MoffatThe Doctor does not appear.
N/A Rain GodsNeil GaimanFeatures River Song.
N/A The InforariumSteven MoffatShows how the Doctor "deleted" himself from the universe.

Episode notes Edit

  • This is the first series in the BBC Wales era of Doctor Who not to begin in the spring. In fact, the show would not see a spring series premiere again until Series 10.
  • This is the first series 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 spoof titled One Born Every Minute, aired on 15 March 2013 as part of the annual Comic Relief appeal.
  • The series had two opening sequences. From Asylum of the Daleks to The Angels Take Manhattan, the opening sequence was the one used starting from The Eleventh Hour. From The Snowmen, a different opening sequence was used and was used for the rest of Matt Smith's tenure.

Aliens and enemies Edit

Adaptations and merchandising Edit

Home media Edit

DVD Edit

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
Clarence and the Whispermen
1 x 60 min.
8 x 45 min.
1 x 2 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 Edit

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

Stories set during this season Edit

Novels Edit

Audiobooks Edit

Footnotes Edit

  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.
  5. https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/entries/71c567d9-d7c5-3758-a3bc-1bc095e4b829
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