Goodbye, hello, and then some! – Discuss Series 7

February 16th, 2012
Warning! This article and its comments may contain spoilers...

As you’ll all know, filming for the brand new series of Doctor Who is now underway and, although it won’t actually grace our screens until the autumn, we have already been given plenty to talk about, and here’s where you can do it!

In Series 7, we know that Amy and Rory will be bidding farewell to the TARDIS after “a final encounter with the Weeping Angels”, and the terrifying statues won’t be the only familiar foes making a comeback, as the Daleks will also be making an appearance!

As soon as the Ponds have left the building in Episode 5 (scenes for which will be filmed in New York…), the Doctor will be meeting a new and “very different” friend in this year’s Christmas Special. The new companion will be portrayed by Emmerdale actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, who will lead the Doctor to “his merriest dance yet”. Hm…

179 comments on this article
  1. Steve
    June 21st, 2012 at 10.24am | #1

    @Grace Hi Grace, I have to disagree with you about MS being to young. He was only a few months younger than Peter Davison was when he came to the roll. Although the first part of PD first season is a little cringing, he has become one of the most endearing Doctors and has appeared in the new series via Children In Need. MS biggest let down is SM. MS needs a writer with a passion for the show and not trying to show off how clever he is by ripping off other writers. I was horrified to find out that characters from Let’s Kill Hitler were based on a film called Meet Dave (2008 – A crew of miniature aliens operate a spaceship that has a human form.) I do agree with you about the ‘definite decline’. I wonder if this is the reason why BBC books have moved away from the regular Doctor Who series into a Hard Back series which does include original series Doctors. Both CE and DT had full runs.

  2. TWWL
    June 21st, 2012 at 4.33pm | #2

    Who says it was based on Meet Dave?

  3. Haleth
    June 21st, 2012 at 9.37pm | #3

    Hi, does anybody know anything about River´s returning?
    Emily, Czech rebublic

  4. Calli Arcale
    June 22nd, 2012 at 4.38am | #4

    Worst companion ever, Steve? No, the worst companion ever left a long time ago. That would, unequivocally, be Kamelion, an actual robot companion (I mean, he was played by a real robot) who was so plagued by technical problems that he only appeared in two episodes, having been conveniently ignored for nearly his entire time aboard the TARDIS.

  5. Steve
    June 22nd, 2012 at 5.46pm | #5

    @Calli Arcale I would have to disagree. Kamelion had more acting ability than KG. Just a personal opinion.

  6. TWWL
    June 22nd, 2012 at 7.00pm | #6

    @Calli Arcale
    It’s okay, there have clearly been worse companions, such as the one you mention, or Adric, or *shudders* Mel.

  7. Steve
    June 24th, 2012 at 6.56pm | #7

    @TWWL It’s strange isn’t it. Bonnie Langford, whatever you think off her, has been a star of stage and screen all her life. Despite the badly written part for her in Doctor Who, she is a damned sight better than the talentless actress who continues to be unable to show any emotion in any performance. (I drew your attention to A Good Man, where, when the baby was taken from her, she was unable to produce a single emotion until the off screen scream). Also and this is the kicker, Bonnie Langford is still being asked to play Mel for Big Finish where, incredibly she is given far better stories and sparks off both Colin and Syl very well. In fact it is that one thing that is missing from the current Doctor/Companion relationship. Adric and Amy pretty much share the bottom run of companions for me.

  8. Jasmine
    June 27th, 2012 at 10.44am | #8

    I know they pinch ideas from other sources,I guess when they are really pressed for time they do it. Steven moffat said the first episode was going to be like Die Hard

  9. Emilyy x
    June 29th, 2012 at 8.50pm | #9

    I really don’t want Amy and Rory to leave!! Karen Gillian makes a great companion and i’m sure i am not the only one who will miss them!!

  10. DoctorObsessed
    July 2nd, 2012 at 2.42am | #10

    Hi this Chloe, I was just thinking the other day how much awesome the show would get if they bring back Capitan Jack (The Face of Beau)

  11. Bowtiesarecool
    July 2nd, 2012 at 7.10pm | #11

    Is it Rory in that ship thingy at 0:54? Also what do you think his dad will be doing?

  12. Patrick
    July 3rd, 2012 at 11.22am | #12

    I wonder if we will meet Rory’s mother in this series cos she did get a mention in series 6 in the almost people.

  13. Calli Arcale
    July 3rd, 2012 at 4.02pm | #13

    Jasmine — of course they pinch ideas from other sources. Everybody does. It’s impossible not to. Though it can be difficult to find unless you have a good library nearby, do look for J. R. R. Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy Tales”. He describes the entire body of art as a huge cauldron. To create a new work, you draw things out of the cauldron, mix them up, create, add, whatever, and then when you’re done, it all goes back into the cauldron, to be mixed and melded and used again by other artists. Many times, they are not even aware they are reusing some element that you had used before. So everything’s reused — but that’s actually a good thing, because that cauldron is more than just plotlines. It’s our *language of art*. Themes and metaphors that we’ll all understand. If you’re not reusing anything, nobody will understand what you produce.

  14. Bad Wolf
    July 10th, 2012 at 8.27pm | #14


    I hope she’ll have her own, well-deserved final episode, and Alex Kingston is reportedly very willing to make things work !

  15. Bad Wolf
    July 10th, 2012 at 8.49pm | #15


    Opinions, opinions. I think Karen Gillan was better in the single The Girl Who Waited than Freema Agyeman in her entire run (series 3 and 4 + The End of Time – Part 2). You’re right, Steven Moffat may not be as clever as he thinks he is, but the way he handled Amy’s character is far better than the way Russell T. Davies handled the character of Martha : her achievements in series 3 are pretty poor (the Master himself compares her to ‘Bad Wolf Rose’) and she did little more in series 4, they quickly replaced her with a cold double in the Sontaran story, she helped making the Doctor’s daughter an awful turkey and she stayed alone in her ‘Osterhagen key’ storyline, which led to nothing, in the finale.
    In my opinion, Amy is a more interesting character (although her background is awfully convoluted) and a stronger character, at Rose and Donna’s level. She actually did something on the show rather than staying behind the Doctor, displaying her jealousy towards a former companion (and letting a poor alien drown instead of her on a distant planet). So, although she’s not as excellent as Catherine Tate, Elisabeth Sladen and Alex Kingston, Karen Gillan and her character will remain, for me, positive elements of the show. And about Bonnie Langford still recording Big Finish stories, maybe Karen Gillan will be asked too in the future !

  16. Steve
    July 10th, 2012 at 10.06pm | #16

    @Bad Wolf Hasn’t River already had her final episode when DT was the Doctor?!!!

  17. Steve
    July 11th, 2012 at 1.26pm | #17

    @Bad Wolf I agree RTD did not handle Martha’s character very well, I think she suffered at the hands of the writers from a Rose backlash! It is the first time in the show’s history where the Doctor has harped on about his previous companion. It was boring. However, even with that, I can not agree that Amy is better. Amy is appalling. She could have been huge but the actress has no acting ability or is she has, it certainly does not come over in Doctor Who. All “The Girl Who Waited” shows is how brilliant botox works!
    My biggest fear for the next companion is an Amy backlash.

  18. Soph
    July 11th, 2012 at 6.16pm | #18

    I think that series 3 was more about Rose than Martha’s character. Of course the Doctor missed Rose, but he didn’t have to go on about her.

  19. Patrick
    July 12th, 2012 at 7.12am | #19

    But the Doctor and Rose were close and to lose her the way he did………

  20. Steve
    July 12th, 2012 at 9.58am | #20

    @Patrick So was Sarah and the 4th Doctor, thankfully, they had enough sense not to drag Sarah’s memory all through Leela’s time as companion. In fact, the Doctor and Jo Grant were extremely close, both off screen and on, you only have to readLiz Sladen autobio to see that!The idea of the Doctor being in love like that after decades as a character really did the show no favours and certain diminished Martha’s time.

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