So if you’re a fan of Doctor Who, you might have heard by now that the show is returning with new episodes on March 30th. And if you’re a fan of Doctor Who, you’re almost certainly aware that 2013 marks the show’s 50th anniversary, and that an anniversary special is in the works. Now the two chaps most associated with Doctor Who at the moment — actor Matt Smith and showrunner Steven Moffat — have provided a few hint as to what the rest of 2013 has in store for the Doctor, and for us.
First up, Smith provided a teeny, tiny hint about the super-secret 50th anniversary special. How teeny? One word without context, that’s how teeny. That word is “paintings.”
Appearing on the Jonathan Ross show, Smith said he has read the script and of course said nice things about it. The host kept badgering him to drop some hints about what we’ll see in the anniversary special, and Smith eventually said, “You might see London. The thing is with Who, you will understand it more when you have seen it, but ‘paintings’ – that is all I am saying. Steven is gonna whup me tomorrow.”
Smith was more open about the contents of the upcoming seventh season episodes. Most of this we’ve heard in one form or another already, but Smith’s comments do provide a few new angles on the new eps:
We start with a monster called the Spoonheads. Imagine if aliens got in your wi-fi, there’s sort of people with Spoonheads, literally. We’ve got an episode on a submarine and Liam Cunningham. We’ve got Diana Rigg playing a sort of witchy old woman in an episode by Mark Gatiss called ‘The Crimson Horror.’ We’ve got the Cybermen back and monsters old and new. It’s classic old Who really.
As for showrunner Moffat, he cast some light on whether one particular fan-favorite character will be returning. During a Q&A session at Trinity College Dublin, Moffat revealed that the show isn’t done with River Song, aka Melody Pond, even if her parents have exited stage right.
She will certainly be in this series.Is there more to come about, as it were, Trenzalore and the battle in the Doctor’s future that led to the attempts on his life in the past? Is that what you’re asking? Yes.
Moffat also said that there are no plans for former Who showrunner Russell T Davies to pen a future episode, but that wasn’t because Moffat wasn’t open to the possibility. “He won’t write one for me,” says Moffat. Somebody who will write for him is writer/geek icon Neil Gaiman, whose second Who episode, “The Last Cybermen,” will air later this spring. It may well not be the last, as Moffat says he would happily run a new Neil Gaiman episode every season if the writer were up for it.
You can listen to the full Moffat interview via the embed below.