The Final viewing figures for the first episode of Doctor Who Series Seven are now available. 8.33 million people watched 7×01: Asylum of the Daleks in the last seven days since the episode aired. This results in a 34.4% share of the TV audience at that time.
This is a rise of 1.73 million viewers from the original 6.4 million viewers that were recorded in the overnight figures. The final figures do not take into account the iPlayer viewing figures (since episodes can be downloaded and viewed multiple times and therefore making it difficult to record a actual viewer figure).
After the explosive opening to Doctor Who’s Seventh Series with 7×01: Asylum of the Daleks. The series settles down into regular storyline method of weekly baddies threatening the Earth. Before getting started I should make the typical spoiler warning. Not only for this weeks episode but last weeks as well. You have been warned.
7×02: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship is an episode of Doctor Who that is more befitting the more advanced special effects nature of the series. Long time viewers will most likely remember Jon Pertwee’s Invasion of the Dinosaurs. While not being spectacular the special effects used in this episode are of particular note when it comes from a time when the BBC is trying to reduce the overall cost of its tv shows. Since the beginning of the show’s Fifth series, Doctor Who has operated on a tighter budget than it did under RTD’s tenure. While this might have led to more cheap SFX, instead what it has led to is a deeper appreciation of style over substance. The episode stories are much tighter and the SFX are now only used when necessary for the story.
In the case of last nights episode, there’s a lot to pick out and talk about. There are the two bickering robots who reminded me of Douglas Adams’ Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy and Marvin the Paranoid Android. Not in their physical presence but more how they behaved. These weren’t cold, emotionless robots that spoke in monotone voices, these were ones that behaved and spoke… well, human. The mere idea that Chris Chibnall’s robots reminded me of Douglas Adams is probably the best achievement I can credit to a writer.
Additionally, the appearance of the Silurians was something I wasn’t expecting and when it happened, all the elements of the story fell into place. Much like last week’s appearance of Jenna-Louise Coleman. The Silurian presence was unexpected and very welcome. Mostly because in this episode, the threat wasn’t from the Silurians or the Dinosaurs. It came from someone else.
Also there’s the behaviour of the Doctor. I’ve already seen on numerous message boards (in particular reddit) where people were shocked at how the Doctor killed Solomon. It was more than a simple “I gave you your chance” reaction. It was the Doctor ensuring that Solomon died.
The Doctor’s reaction while shocking is nothing out of the ordinary. First of all I should point out that this is not the first time the Doctor has made someone suffer. Way back in 3×00: The Runaway Bride the Doctor made the Racnoss Queen suffer and watch as her children died. It was only because of the presence of Donna Noble that the Doctor stopped.
One of the things that has come out of Matt Smith’s tenure as the Eleventh Doctor is that it’s become very clear that not only does the Doctor need someone to keep him from the brink of the abyss. But he is also a character that does not like himself. His darker side was made physical in 5×07: Amy’s Choice and threatened not only the Doctor but also Amy and Rory.
With Solomon it was very much the case again that when the Doctor is on his own, he lets his temper rule his decisions. Solomon had killed the Triceratops. A being that was not only innocent but had aided the Doctor. With no one to hold the Doctor back, Solomon’s fate was sealed from that very moment.
Mark Williams deserves plenty of praise for his appearances as Rory’s father. Williams is now known to most people for playing Ron Weasley’s father in the Harry Potter movies. Although Williams career dates even further back and his first appearance to me was as Peterson in Red Dwarf’s first series.
In Williams case, he presented a character that was completely new to the world of the Doctor and the moment where he sat down with his sandwiches and a cup of tea, at the door of the TARDIS looking out into the world was one of the best human moments in the series. The character reminds me of Wilf and much like Wilf, I’m hoping that the character returns. Even if it’s for just one more appearance.
7×02: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship is an episode of Doctor Who that is the show at it’s very core. Last week’s episode was about setting the pace for the year ahead. It was about reminding us about the characters and its settings. If last nights episode was about anything. It was about the show itself. That with a vehicle like the TARDIS, the only limits are what you place on your imagination.
Next week, it’s back to the old west as the Doctor takes on a cyborg gunfighter. This is an episode of particular interest to me. While Doctor Who was off the air, there was another sci-fi show that I regularly watched. The adventures of an astronaut who by accident had been thrown across the universe and each week John Crichton had to deal with a range of aliens of various shapes and sizes. That show was farScape and next week the lead of that show, Ben Browder makes an appearance in Doctor Who. I just cannot wait.
The Radio Times website has given the air-date for series seven’s third episode as 7:35pm, Saturday 15th September on BBC One and BBC One HD.
For those outside the UK, 7×03: A Town Called Mercy will air at 9pm (8c) on BBC America and Canada’s SPACE Channel. It will air a week later at 7:30pm on Saturday September 22nd on ABC1. However those who have access to ABC1′s iView service will be able to watch the episode within hours of its BBC transmission.
Finished watching Doctor Who 7×02: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship? Well here’s the trailer for next week’s episode featuring the sci-fi legend that is Ben Browder. But wait, who is Ben Browder I hear some of you say? Before watching 7×03: A Town Called Mercy go and watch a series called farScape and enjoy a brilliant scifi series.
Anyway, i’m rattling on… as usual, here’s the trailer.
7×03: A Town Called Mercy will air next week on Saturday 15th September, BBC One & BBC One HD. Followed by BBC America and Canada’s SPACE channel at 9pm (8c). It will air a week later at 7:30pm on ABC1 in Australia, although viewers who have access to the iView service will be able to watch the episode hours after it finishes airing in the UK.
Doctor Who 7×01: Asylum of the Daleks will air Saturday 1st September on BBC One and BBC One HD. There has been no confirmation regarding a Australiana airdate although for those in the US there have been indications it will air Saturday 8th September on BBC America.
The new teaser trailer for the first episode of Doctor Who’s Seventh Series is now available to be viewed by all. The teaser trailer is only 20 seconds long but it does feature storyline elements so it should be considered as having spoilers.
7×01: Asylum of the Daleks will air on Saturday September 1st 2012 on BBC One and BBC One HD.
In an announcement made on Twitter. A new teaser trailer for the opening episode of Doctor Who Series Seven will air tomorrow and will appear first on the Official BBC Doctor Who website at 8am.
7×01: Asylum of the Daleks will air on BBC One and BBC One HD on Saturday 1st September 2012. No transmission date has been currently set for BBC America or Australia.
Following on from yesterdays news about Richard E. Grant being confirmed for Doctor Who’s Seventh Series more news was released today. Joining him will be Tom Ward and both will be appearing in the currently untitled 7×06 Christmas Special episode.
7×06 will be the episode that also introduces Jenna Louise Coleman as a currently unnamed companion. The Episode will be written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein.
Doctor Who is currently set to return soon for a 5 episode run. Followed by the Christmas Special and then an additional 8 episodes next year.
Early this morning we revealed that Richard E Grant will appear in the new series of Doctor Who. We can now confirm that he joins the cast for this year’s Christmas Special which will also star Tom Ward.
Richard E Grant voiced the Doctor in the animated adventure, Scream of the Shalka, after briefly appearing as the Time Lord in The Curse of Fatal Death, a light-hearted Comic Relief Special that was written by Steven Moffat. Tom Ward is perhaps best known for his role of Harry in Silent Witness, but this isn’t his first brush with time traveling adventures, having starred as the title character in The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells.
A BBC press release also reveals the Christmas Special begins filming this week and was written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein. In the episode, the Doctor (Matt Smith) will be joined by the new companion, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
The press release in full reads:
Richard E Grant and Tom Ward join cast of Doctor Who Christmas Special
Filming of 2012′s Doctor Who Christmas episode starts this week with two big film and television stars joining the show.
Richard E Grant, actor, author and director, has starred in over 80 film and television hits including Withnail And I, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jack & Sarah, Gosford Park and The Iron Lady.
On joining the show, Richard says: “I played Doctor Who in the digital animated Scream Of The Shalka and I’m honoured to be in the Christmas Special.”
Tom Ward, who has starred in BBC One’s in Silent Witness as Harry Cunningham since 2002 also joins the Doctor, played by Matt Smith, and his new companion played by Jenna-Louise Coleman.
It is written by Steven Moffat and directed by Saul Metzstein. It will be shot in Cardiff at BBC Wales’ studios.
Doctor Who is coming soon to BBC One and the Christmas Special will be followed by a further eight episodes next year.
Doctor Who is a BBC Cymru Wales Production for BBC One.
Doctor Who Announcement.
The BBC’s Official Doctor Who twitter page has announced that acclaimed actor Richard E. Grant will be appearing in Doctor Who. The actor had previously appeared as the Doctor in a series of online webcartoons (Scream of the Shalka and a version of the unproduced Shada) which saw him as an alternate Eighth Doctor.
It is rumoured that Grant will appear in the 2012 Christmas Special which will be acting as the introductory episode to new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman’s currently un-named character.
The BBC website stated that more will be announced shortly…
With the promotional photo released early this morning and the new trailer made online later in the morning. There appears to be a serious tone that is running throughout the releases of Series 7 so far.
Since Steven Moffat took over as head show writer from Russell T. Davies at the start of Series Five, there has been a marked increase in the shows tone. Whereas RTD’s run on the show was far more basic and simple. Steven Moffat’s has seen the show become just as complex as the Doctor himself. Series Five was darker than all series previously and Series Six appeared to be darker than Series Five. Could Series Seven be the darkest of them all.
Running throughout the opening five shows, the viewer will always be aware that time is quite literally running out for Amy Pond and her husband Rory Williams. With both Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill ready to depart the show and allow Matt Smith to run around with new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman it is allowing the darker side of the Doctor to become more apparent.
The Eleventh Doctor has always slightly differed from previous incarnations that underneath the madman in the box exterior, there is something quite sinister lying underneath. I’ve always viewed Matt Smith’s Doctor as someone who does not particulary like himself. It’s already been established by Amy Pond that the Doctor needs to travel with someone to keep him grounded unless the Oncoming Storm is unleashed.
There’s also something else that has been running through the show that appears to be building up with the show’s Seventh Series. The Doctor always appears to allow his enemies mercy. While this always shows the Doctor in a heroic light and a role model for others. You do have to wonder just how much he is willing to take. He saw his enemies unite to form an alliance with the only goal of stopping him and trapped him inside the Pandorica. Then you have the mysterious Silence. An organization intent on stopping the Doctor in the belief that he is going to end the universe, so intent that they kidnapped Amy, brainwashed her daughter Melody and turned her into the killing machine River Song. The Doctor may have mercy but I doubt he has unlimited amounts of it and surely it would only be a matter of time until he snapped.
So what would make him snap, judging from the promotional picture of Series Seven featuring the Doctor carrying Amy. Nothing would make the Doctor truly snap more than the death of his friend. We have already seen the Doctor at moments where his mercy left him. He slaughtered the children of the Racnoss, he attempted to change history by saving Adelaide Brooke. If one of the Doctor’s enemies managed to kill one of the Doctor’s companions, if the Doctor truly gave in to his anger. Just how much would he make the enemy suffer? how far would the Doctor fall? If the destiny of the Doctor is to someday to become the Valeyard, is this the path that would put him on course for that destiny.
Knowing Steven Moffat; the answers will not be what we expect, but also when the day comes for Amy and Rory to depart the TARDIS. I fully expect Moffat’s writing ability to make every viewer reach for the tissue box.
Dark days may indeed be coming.