The first trailer for the seventh season of “Doctor Who” has hit a good half year ahead of its airing in the Fall. The trailer itself uses clips from the first five episodes of the series which feature returning companions Rory (Arthur Darvill) and Amy (Karen Gillan), but most of them are from the Western-themed third episode shot in Spain. Certainly the location work for this year looks great.
Last season was heavily serialised with the focus on a single story arc – the Amelia Pond/Doctor’s Death storyline – which resulted in a decidedly mixed season with some real gems (The Doctor’s Wife, the opening two-parter, A Good Man Goes To War) and some real dogs (The Girl Who Waited, Curse of the Black Spot, Night Terrors, Closing Time).
This year showrunner Steven Moffat is taking the show in the complete opposite direction with not just stand alones but likely no two-parters either. He tells The Radio Times that “This time we’re moving closer to stand-alone stories. At this point, we’re not planning any two-parters. So, every week is going to be like a different mad movie.”
He has however left himself a caveat – “We went quite ‘arc’ last time and we’re going stand-alone this time around. But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t those things creeping in. You’ve got to find a way to make the last episode special, and by God that worked ratings-wise last year. We don’t want to abandon that idea.”
Six of this season’s fourteen episodes (including the Christmas special) will air this year, the remaining eight in 2013 which is also the franchise’s 50th anniversary year. Due to that there’s been rumours of Matt Smith leaving the show at the end of this season, but the actor told The Huffington Post this past weekend that “I’m here for the foreseeable future”.