Some of Doctor Who’s most popular monsters will be returning to do battle with Matt Smith’s Time Lord when the long-running BBC science-fiction series returns to television screens later this year.
Earlier today, the BBC posted a series of news items relating to the show via the its official Doctor Who Twitter feed.
First up was the widely anticipated news of who was to be playing the Doctor’s new assistant. The role has gone to Jenna-Louise Coleman, 25 – formerly of the ITV-produced soap opera, Emmerdale.
Speaking to the BBC’s One O’Clock News, Coleman told of how she heard she’d won the role: “I was in Marks and Spencer’s holding an avocado – having the debate of what goes best in a salmon salad – when I got the call from my agent. It was kind of a bewildered excitement, confusion, ‘really?’, oh goodness – all sorts of emotions, and I thought, after I'd hung up, I thought I really can’t carry on shopping so I just put the basket down and left Marks and Spencer’s, and just went for a little walk [to] try to digest [the news]!”
Of Coleman’s character, Moffat was today remaining tight-lipped. “Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her […] where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl,” he told the officialDoctor Who website.
This news was quickly followed by confirmation that the Weeping Angels would be making their third full appearance in the series – in an adventure that will see the departure of the Doctor’s current companions, Amy and Rory Pond (played by Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill, respectively).
Both companions joined the series in 2010, in Smith’s opening story, The Eleventh Hour, which was written by head writer and executive producer Steven Moffat. The Weeping Angels made their debut in Moffat’s Blink, in 2007, alongside Carey Mulligan (Sally Sparrow), when David Tennant was playing the Tenth Doctor. Their last full appearance was with Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor, in Moffat’s 2010 two-part story The Time of Angels/Flesh and Stone.
Of the Ponds’ departure, Moffat told BBC News, “Amy and Rory will leave in a final encounter with the Weeping Angels in episode 5 [and] not everyone gets out alive and [referring to similar claims at the beginning of the 2011 series] I mean it this time.”
In total, according to theDoctor Who News Page, there will six episodes of the series shown in 2012, including the now traditional Christmas Day special. A further eight episodes will then be shown in 2013.
According to Pop Culture Zoo and Bleeding Cool, the Daleks – Doctor Who’s oldest foes – “will [also] absolutely definitely be […] somewhere in those first five episodes”. The Daleks first appeared in 1963, with their last full appearance on television being in 2010, in Victory of the Daleks.
Last year, io9 reported that one or two monsters from the classic series of Doctor Who would be making an appearance, and Moffat has already indicated that there will be lots of new monsters in the next series, too.
Next year also sees the show celebrate its 50th anniversary, with what Moffat has previously promised will be more episodes of Doctor Who than we’ve ever had. However, no further details have been forthcoming today, except for Danny Cohen – the controller of BBC One – who said: “As we approach Doctor Who’s 50th anniversary it’s great to welcome a new companion to the TARDIS. I feel confident the Doctor will look after her in his own very unique style.”
[Daleks vs Weeping Angel video courtesy of tapnet.]