This Week in Doctor WhoThis Week in Doctor Who

This press pack contains details on the final four stories of this run of adventures, plus interviews with Steven Moffat, Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman.

Starring Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman, Doctor Who embarks on the final four adventures of series seven. Here is what you can expect from the dramatic concluding episodes.

Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS: Publicity Poster (Credit: BBC)Episode 10: Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS
A spaceship salvage team drags the TARDIS on board, sending its systems into meltdown. As the Doctor marshals the motley salvage crew outside, he realises Clara is still trapped within his malfunctioning ship, pursued by a dangerous group of ossified monsters. He has just 30 minutes to find Clara and save his TARDIS before it self-destructs.

Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner
Directed by Mat King
Written by Stephen Thompson
Produced by Marcus Wilson
The Crimson Horror: Publicity Poster (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston/Adrian Rogers)Episode 11: The Crimson Horror
There’s something very odd about Mrs Gillyflower’s Sweetville mill, with its perfectly clean streets and beautiful people. There’s something even stranger about the bodies washing up in the river, all bright red and waxy. When the Doctor and Clara go missing, it’s up to Vastra, Jenny and Strax to rescue them before they too fall victim to the Crimson Horror!

Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner
Directed by Saul Metzstein
Written by Mark Gatiss
Produced by Marcus Wilson
Nightmare in Silver: Publicity Poster (Credit: BBC/Adrian Rogers)Episode 12: Nightmare In Silver
Hedgewick’s World Of Wonders was once the greatest theme park in the galaxy, but it’s now the dilapidated home to a shabby showman, a chess-playing dwarf and a dysfunctional army platoon. When the Doctor, Clara, Artie and Angie arrive, the last thing they expect is the re-emergence of one of the Doctor’s oldest foes. The Cybermen are back!

Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner
Directed by Stephen Woolfenden
Written by Neil Gaiman
Produced by Denise Paul
Series produced by Marcus Wilson
The Name of the Doctor - Publicity Poster (Credit: BBC/Ray Burmiston/Adrian Rogers)Episode 13: The Name Of The Doctor
Clara is summoned to an impossible conference call, alerting her that the deadly Whisper Men are closing in on Vastra, Jenny and Strax. Someone is kidnapping the Doctor’s friends, leading him toward the one place in all of time and space that he should never go. It’s a deadly trap that threatens to unravel his past, present and future...

Executive produced by Steven Moffat and Caroline Skinner
Directed by Saul Metzstein
Written by Steven Moffat
Produced by Denise Paul
Series produced by Marcus Wilson

Lead writer and executive producer, Steven Moffat, gives us an insight into what to expect from the end of the series as we head towards the 50th and what has been dubbed the biggest year in the history of the show.

Opening up the final part of this series we get to explore the Doctor’s time travelling machine in Journey To The Centre of the TARDIS, but what surprises can we expect?

We’ve already revealed that the Doctor has a swimming pool and the TARDIS has a problem with Time Zombies, but there’s much, much more than that. We guarantee there will be surprises, but you’ll have to watch to find out exactly where we’ll be going as we finally explore beyond the console room.

Why did you decide to introduce creepy new monsters, The Whispermen, in the last episode? What was your inspiration for them?

The great dilemma is that Doctor Who is never more like Doctor Who when it is introducing a new monster, but equally when it’s reviving a foe from the classic era. Having brought back two of the classics, the Ice Warriors and the Cybermen, this year we wanted a brand new monster to create chills in the finale. And the thought of stylish whispering almost faceless creatures was an idea that firstly scared me and that I thought would work well in an episode that looks forward and back.

We know that The Cybermen return with an updated design, why did you decide to change them?

One of the things that the Cybermen historically like to do before involving themselves in a new military campaign is run up a new outfit. Throughout the classic series they always changed their appearance and we’ve been very consistent with them. I thought it was time that they went back to their tailor and had a re-model!

How was it having mother and daughter Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling on set for Crimson Horror?

It’s obviously a great honour to have either of those actors on the show, but to have them acting together for the very first time on anything is quite extraordinary. Only Doctor Who can do this and possibly only when Mark Gatiss is behind it.

What can you tell us about the finale?

It’s full of surprises and questions that have never been answered in the history of Who, including the Doctor's greatest secret. We’re not pretending, we’re not kidding, it’s actually going to happen. The episode is called The Name Of The Doctor and involves our hero in a conflict that is very, very personal to him. Usually he’s saving other people, but this time he might be the one who needs to be saved. We’ll also find out what makes his new companion so impossible and there’s a surprise that no one has got right so far, and one that will change the course of Who forever!

As his Doctor heads to the place where he should never go, Matt Smith reflects on what fans have to look forward to from the rest of the series and on finding out the mystery of his new companion.

Having already battled an Ice Warrior and seen off a ghost, the opening episode to the next run of four finds the Doctor exploring the depths of his own home, the TARDIS. In Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS, a spaceship salvage team drags the TARDIS on board, sending its systems into meltdown. As the Doctor marshals the motely salvage crew outside, he realises Clara is still trapped within his malfunctioning ship, pursued by a dangerous group of ossified monsters. He has just 30 minutes to find Clara and save his TARDIS before it self-destructs.

But what would Matt want to see at the centre of the TARDIS? I think what we’ve achieved in this episode is exactly what I hoped would be at the centre, explains Matt. It is a really interesting take on something that could have been quite obvious and it’s visually stunning.

Mark Gatiss returns to script-writing duty for The Crimson Horror and introduces for the first time on screen together mother and daughter, Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling. It was an intriguing and creative experience watching mother and daughter work together, explains Matt. Dame Diana has had such an illustrious career and Rachael is a great actress, he concludes.

The penultimate episode of the series in the show’s 50th year marks the return of one of the Doctor’s oldest foes, the Cybermen. Penned by Neil Gaiman, the Cybermen have been given a makeover – they’re faster and more deadly! Nightmare In Silver sees the Doctor travel to the greatest theme park in the galaxy, Hedgewick’s World Of Wonders... or at least it used to be. Now dilapidated, it’s home to a shabby showman, a chess-playing dwarf and a dysfunctional army platoon. When the Doctor, Clara, Artie and Angie arrive, the last thing they expect is the re-emergence of one of the Doctor’s oldest enemies. The episode continues the run of stellar guest stars with Warwick Davis, Tamzin Outhwaite and Jason Watkins.

While mystery surrounds the finale, we do know a couple of snippets. Firstly, that the Doctor will finally find out just what makes his new companion so impossible and secondly, he’ll be put to his ultimate test when his friends start to be kidnapped, leading him towards the one place that he should never go. Making the debut in this episode is a new foe, the Whispermen, which dressed in sartorial finery Matt considers a modern day classic with a brilliant style. They’re truly terrifying!

So is there anything Matt can reveal about the finale? With the 50th, this is going to be by far the biggest year in the history of the show. And the finale is just the start. It focuses on a pivotal moment in the Doctor’s life and the life of his companion. It’s a complete game changer and it all starts now.

Described as the ‘impossible girl’, we’ve been promised a surprise when the truth behind Jenna’s character is finally revealed. But before we find out just what makes her so impossible, there are three other episodes, including the return of the Cybermen! Here, Jenna explains a bit about what we have to look forward to.

I was really nervous that day. I think I had been on the show for five months by then, but I didn’t feel completely initiated, explains Jenna as she remembers stepping on to the TARDIS for the first time. For Matt, he got a brand new toy, but I was quite quiet.

But what is like to film on the most of the most famous sets in the world? It’s impossible to keep still while you’re in there as there is so much to look at and play with. It was a fun time for us to have our own little home to inhabit, she concludes.

As the series heads to the epic finale, which will spring board in to the 50th, more of the Doctor’s mode of transport will be revealed than ever before in the aptly titled Journey To The Centre Of The TARDIS. As Clara becomes trapped within the malfunctioning ship, pursued by a dangerous group of Time Zombies, it’s a race against time to escape before the TARDIS self-destructs.

But what would she like to see at the centre of the time travelling box? I don’t think we should ever see what’s at the centre of the TARDIS as that’s the mystery. I like the sense of intrigue!

Heading from the TARDIS, the next episode sees Mark Gatiss return with The Crimson Horror, which will guest star on screen together for the first time Dame Diana Rigg and Rachael Stirling. I loved working with Diana Rigg, exclaims Jenna. I loved the way she operated and carried herself, I was kind of just giggling the whole way through shoot. I just enjoyed having her around. It was great to sit back and watch how mother and daughter worked and their dynamic together, she concludes.

During this series, Jenna’s character has been faced with lots of new challenges, as she gets to grip with life travelling by the side of the Doctor. The finale, The Name Of The Doctor, will not only take fans to the place the Doctor should never go, but it will also solve the mystery around the impossible girl. Having remained tight-lipped about Clara, will Jenna be happy to finally be able to talk about her character? I am, I can’t wait! The finale story is such a fantastic idea; it’s epic and huge and filled with drama.

It was really exciting to sit down and read the script, she continues. There are little bits and pieces, which Steven planted a couple of years ago. It’s just really clever and a crucial moment in the Doctor’s life that you get to explore with the best baddies! I really think they are going to become another Moffat classic, she concludes.

Having had three official introductions as a Dalek, a Victorian governess and in her current form as modern day Clara Oswald, is there a teaser Jenna can leave us with? All I can say is that Clara hasn’t just met the Doctor three times before...

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