Doctor Who - VERY Early (and Spoilery) Plans for 'The 7th Series, Part 1'
The broadcast premiere date isn't even announced yet, but DVDs and Blu-rays are in the works
Posted by David Lambert
The seventh series of the new Doctor Who, starring Matt Smith as the 11th Doctor, hasn't even begun airing yet...not here in North America, and not even in the show's native United Kingdom (where they're still holding the 2012 Summer Olympics in London). Word is that it will debut in the U.K. later this month, and then begin airing on BBC America here in the States soon after (perhaps day-and-date, but no guarantees on that so far). However, even though the broadcasts are still pending, the folks at BBC Home Entertainment are already planning a release of Doctor Who - The 7th Series, Part 1! Here's what the BBC America Shop's blog had to say about it in their recent "DVDs in the Works" post:
The date for the return of Doctor Who is not yet announced, but the first authorized image came in today. Though much of the information about the upcoming season is still under wraps, we do know that the final appearances of Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill as Amy and Rory are in store. There will also be guest appearances by Rupert Graves (Sherlock) and two familiar faces from the Harry Potter films, Mark Williams and David Bradley.
The image mentioned in that quote can be seen below, along with a pair of preview trailers from the first part of the new season. As described in the above quote, Karen Gillan ("Amy") and Arthur Darvill ("Rory") are back...but unless you've been living under a rock, you also know that this is the swan song for The Ponds, and that a new companion - "Clara," played by Jenna-Louise Coleman - will be introduced in time for the as-yet-unnamed 2012 Christmas Special (a photo of her with Matt Smith can be seen at the very bottom).
Not much is known about the make-up of the Doctor Who - The 7th Series, Part 1 release at this time, but we can take some educated guesses! First, we expect it to be on both DVD and high-def Blu-ray Disc, as Smith's previous two seasons have been. And, like those, we expect the second half of the season to arrive later as 'The 7th Series, Part 2,' followed quickly by a 'Complete 7th Season'...that's how they've been doing it in the recent past, in any case. We expect it to be the same.
As for contents, it's a cinch that the 2011 Christmas Special will be on board, so we're expecting that item and the first six episodes of the new season as part of 'The 7th Series, Part 1' home video releases. Then the remaining eight episodes, which broadcast in 2013, are likely to be on 'The 7th Series, Part 2'. Since the episode titles for the first 5 episodes of the seventh series are already visible at the IMDB and other places, then we'll tick them off here despite the possible spoilers (leave now or be spoiled! Okay, you've been warned):
Besides "The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe" we expect Part 1 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc to include "Asylum of the Daleks" (featuring every kind of Dalek seen so far in the show's history, according to the show's producers!), "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" (featuring Queen Nefertiti and guest starring Sherlock's "Lestrade," Rupert Graves, Harry Potter's "Arthur Weasley," Mark Williams, and Harry Potter's "Argus Filch," David Bradley), "A Town Called Mercy" (a Wild West adventure shot in the same part of Spain that A Fistful of Dollars was filmed, with Ben Browder of Farscape and Stargate SG-1), "Cubed" (featuring the return of U.N.I.T.), "Bye-Bye Pond" (shot on location in New York City, and featuring the Weeping Angels and the return of Alex Kingston as "River Song"). And they might possibly include the 2012 Christmas Special as well, which features the debut of the new companion, plus appearances by Tom Ward and Richard E. Grant (the latter played The Doctor in the animated 2003 online special "Scream of the Shalka" and the 1999 Red Nose Day charity special "Curse of Fatal Death"). However, the BBC might just save that Christmas Special for the second half of the season's home video release. It's all building up toward a big 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who in late 2013.
As far as bonus material goes, we can only hope that the Part 1 set includes the four specials which are airing this month in the lead-up to the show's seventh series. These are titled The Science of Doctor Who, The Women of Doctor Who, The Timey-Wimey Stuff of Doctor Who and The Destinations of Doctor Who. Time (forgive the pun) will tell if these make it onto DVD and Blu-ray or not...but here's to hoping! More, of course, as future developments occur. Stay tuned, fellow Whovians!
And it's worth mentioning that the folks at Oxford have now added the word "Whovian" (and it's definition as meaning a fan of Doctor Who) to their dictionary. Nice! But then on a much sadder note, in case you missed it elsewhere, former Who companion Mary Tamm - who played the original "Romana" against Tom Baker's 4th Doctor - passed away from cancer two weeks ago today, at age 62. Making this even more tragic, her husband Marchus Ringrose gave her eulogy at the funeral, and then several hours afterward died himself from heart failure. This is an incredible loss, and our sympathies go out to their family and friends. Rest in peace, Mary and Marcus.