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The Title Of The First
Season/Series Seven Is...


...Asylum of the Daleks, per THIS announcement over at BBC.

The title of the new story has already increased the excitement building around it. Could the ‘asylum’ be a place or is it some sort of protection? Or does the word take on a new and sinister meaning in this adventure?

...asks the BBC piece.

Personally, I'm kinda hoping Asylum refers to a place where crazy Daleks go to chill-out.  I've always been fascinated by the notion of Daleks as neurotic and angry lifeforms stuck inside of these tank-like hardshells...that's gotta be one of the elements which makes 'em so damn belligerent, no?  So, imagine that conceit...applied on top of a Dalek mental care facility...

To be very clear, I have no knowledge this is the case in any way, shape, or form.  I'm just thinking out loud and for fun.  Knowing Moffat's work, I rather doubt that the Asylum allusion would be as simple as I'm making it.  Of course, my conjecture would, to an extent, be in keeping with The Moff's stated desire for "slutty titles and movie-poster plots" for the upcoming season/series, so we'll see.

A recent issue of DOCTOR WHO Magazine revealed that the episode we know now as Asylum would feature a Dalek from every era.  Here's a video refresher of what that means...



Thanks to Sminkypinky for the heads-up re: the title announcement! 



Glen Oliver




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  • June 26, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    "Asylum" has different meanings...

    by Mark Williams

    It may not mean these are "crazy" Daleks. And how would a crazy dalek act anyway? Maybe actually show kindness and compassion? I think "Asylum" in the title means these Daleks are trying to find a safe haven.

  • That sounds like a field full of fucking awesome! I bet it isn't like that though ... Now this is one scary MF dalek:

  • June 26, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    I miss Terry Nation

    by Mr Lucas

    Just been re-watching some Blake's Seven. It keeps getting better every time I watch it.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Maybe its a mental institution set up by The Doctor

    by tangcameo

    Full of Daleks who don't realize they're Daleks in order to to pacify all Daleks. Like the standard sci-fi episode (DS9, Stargate) where the hero is told all his adventures are just mental fantasies. Except its the villians being told this by The Doctor.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Stairs! We're saved!

    by StatelyWayneManor

  • June 26, 2012, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Badass Daleks trying to cure Pussy Daleks

    by David Cloverfield

    I bet it's about compassionate, open minded Daleks trapped there, wit the psy-dalek saying studd like "The patient questions Daleks as the rightful rulers of the Universe, a clear sign of insanity."

  • June 26, 2012, 9:56 a.m. CST

    Cant type on an ipad

    by David Cloverfield

  • June 26, 2012, 9:58 a.m. CST

    look at the right hand side of the embed

    by Johnboy40

    at 08:33 come a long way , hasn't he?

  • June 26, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST

    Dictionary speculation

    by Dreamfasting

    Well, I see 4 definitions of asylum in the first dictionary on hand ... 1. An institutions for hold the insane, orphans or others with special needs. Insanity does seem to have been a recurring problem for daleks since the Time War. The new rainbow daleks haven't shown have much interest in rehabilitation of their kin, so could we be seeing some mysterious intergalactic power gathering survivors from across time to rehabilitate them? 2. a sanctuary Could the imperfect daleks be gathering to hide from their rainbow kin? Or for a wild twist, could the Doctor, fleeing from something, end up asking a dalek survivor colony for protection? 3. political refuge (technical term of international law) Hmm ... does the shadow proclamation have a clause that covers daleks? 4. a secure retreat I think we can politely assume that Davros somehow survived the medusa cascade fiasco. He would likely be trying to figure out where he goes from here with his supremely flawed creations. Some labratory in a hidden corner of the universe where he can study their evolution over the ages? Lots of possibilities. It will be interesting to find out what sort of story SM has decided to run with.

  • June 26, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Thanks for the thanks! :)

    by SminkyPinky

    Seriously looking forward to this episode. I love me my Daleks.

  • June 26, 2012, 11:04 a.m. CST

    Asylum of the Daleks is screening at the BFI in london

    by notspock2

    On August 14th.. hopefully, this time I'll be able to get tickets...

  • Everyone getting overexcited thinking mythology was going to be revealed and it wasn`t. No point guessing now. Just hope for some solid adventure stories. Don`t even need `old` mosters/enemies. Just good stories.

  • like the obvious who was madam Kavorian. Moffat bored viewers to tears with who was river song. we all know who was really. he introduced the silence and then in one fell swoop wiped them out by having the dr go back in time to the moon landing and this wiped out the silence. I would love to see the return of davros. but tenants dr killed him off. or can you really permanently kill off Davros. hmmm.... we have been promised new villains in the run up to the 50th anniversary. but we have heard this all before. and when it comes down to it the villains are just discarded quickly and the same old villains are brought back. daleks and cyberman or new-ish versions of them.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:03 p.m. CST


    by Mister Vertue

    Moffat has a fixed contract with the BBC, let's just assume it's for 4 years. Let's also assume (I know, I'm making a lot of assumptions here (never assume, it makes an ass of you and me and all that malarky)) that his contract isn't terminated early and he's able to do a full run as show-runner. With all of that in mind, don't you think he's got bookends for all his stories? A start and an end? He'd be foolish to just think 'Okay, I'll start off this story thread, not really knowing where it'll go, but I'll worry about that later, it isn't my concern right now.' I'm pretty sure they all have a beginning and an end, but that doesn't mean you'll always necessarily *like* the way they begin or end. That just comes down to personal taste, doesn't it?

  • June 26, 2012, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Think of it like this...

    by Mister Vertue

    People assumed J.K. Rowling had a story arc for her characters and were patient enough to see them played out, even though only three of her books may have been published at the time. The readers trusted her to complete the books and tie up all the loose ends. I'm convinced Moffat is doing the same thing. He just hasn't finished 'writing all the books' yet. When Moffat leaves the show (and he will eventually), if you're still not completely satisfied with his handling of the show, that'll be the time to start giving a critical analysis on his work. You can't judge anything until it's 100% complete.

  • Now, if you look at the novelization of Remembrance of the Daleks, a few things were added. One of those was the Daleks referring to the Special Weapons Dalek as the Abomination. This sounds like the type of Dalek you would keep in a mental asylum. Or, if it is the mental asylum type, and we're going to see all kinds of Daleks, maybe it's an asylum where the Daleks have put their brethren that were infected with the Human Factor back in the Troughton story Evil of the Daleks. I'd place odds that Asylum refers to sanctuary (political or otherwise) rather than mental. That suggests that they need refuge from something though - another faction of Daleks? The new paradigm iDaleks vs. the old Skarosoft Windows Daleks? Imperial Daleks vs. rebel Daleks (either Troughton or McCoy flavor)? Original style Daleks vs new Daleks that Davros created? (Given what happened to Davros' last batch he made, we could refer to this option as original recipe vs. extra crispy. Is it wrong to want to refer to them as Kentucky Fried Daleks?)

  • June 26, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    by man_of_vertue

    by emeraldboy

    I agree with what you say.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    That design (and build) is amazing. Thanks! They need to hire that guy.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:36 p.m. CST

    My wife just surprised me with the best wedding anniversary gift!

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    She is taking me Saturday to meet Alex Kingston! Alex is coming to a convention in Miami this weekend, and I had no idea until now. Most of the time I am on top of things like this, so I must be slipping in my old age. I am going to have her sign the exploding TARDIS print that I have. Now, if only a certain Matt Smith, or Mr. Moffat would be in attendance this weekend as well.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:38 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    My bad, I guess they have.

  • June 26, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Daleks through the ages.

    by gotilk

    Really nice find. They did a great job with that. Reminded me that I still have some catching up to do, after all this time.

  • June 26, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST


    by QuandraX

    They had an episode with a compassionate Dalek. He was miserable and took his own life.

  • June 26, 2012, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Hope it includes Victor Lewis-Smith's gay ones...

    by BiggusDickus

    "White wee-wee!"

  • June 26, 2012, 1:58 p.m. CST

    That's a badass name for a story, cannot wait.

    by sunspot_mike

    Taking a year off from the Daleks was a good call. Now I'm looking forward to seeing them again, especially now that the Doctor is "dead"!

  • June 26, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Rory is the master?

    by Matthew

    anyone hear that fan theory yet? Daleks from every era sounds awesome. When does the first episode air? When in the fall?

  • June 26, 2012, 3:07 p.m. CST


    by ByTor

    Yeah, I was going to mention that as well. The impression given in the Remembrance novelization was that the SWD was insane. And, of course, we saw Dalek Caan go insane. For that matter, didn't the Doctor say that the Daleks in Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways were driven insane by their humanity? So while the canonicity (if you will) of the Remembrance novelization is certainly in doubt, there's nevertheless been some on-screen evidence for insane Daleks. Still, it will be interesting to see if that's the direction they're going, or if they mean asylum in the protective or political sense. Maybe the new paradigm Daleks are slaughtering the RTD-style Daleks (and the older variants) or something. MJG: That's an awesome gift from your wife. Way to go! On Rory being the Master: I doubt it, if only because overly-complicated fan theories pretty much never turn out to be true, but I like the sound of it. It will be interesting to see if the whole hospital-ID-badge-year thing gets resolved or if it was just a silly production error.

  • But it could be a switch-a-roo and be the crazy house...

  • June 26, 2012, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Very cool news

    by INWOsuxRED

    Plot already had me excited. Series premier. Cool title. Matt Smith. Moffat. Daleks. ALL THE DALEKS! Can't wait.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Not too long to wait

    by Mister Vertue

    Probably only another 8 or 9 weeks, more or less. That's not too bad, is it? The time has flown...

  • June 26, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    It's about the Daleks holing up in the Ecuadorian embassy...

    by photoboy

    ... because they don't want to be extradited to Sweden. Apparently Davros loses the bail money he put up for them.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:18 p.m. CST

    The Dr's death could have a very bad

    by Ed

    influence on the state of mind of any Dalek. You go try making new enemies in a Dalek suit... :)

  • June 26, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST


    by DoctorTom

    Everybody who's been reading the Docbacks regularly has heard the Rory is the Master theory. It might have been where the theory started. There has been no set date announced yet for the first episode, but we know it's going to be after the screenings in August. I wouldn't be surprised if it were broadcast or September 1, about the time they broadcast the 2nd half of season 6 last year. There's a chance of August 25 (I guess there's a bank holiday that weekend), but the episode is supposed to be shown at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, which runs August 23-25. If they show it early, they could still do August 25, otherwise it will probably be September 1.

  • June 26, 2012, 4:39 p.m. CST

    I should be reading the docbacks more regularly

    by Matthew

    must go back and read what I missed. This new season is going to be stand alone shows leading up to the 50th anniversary. If delaying series 7 was to build up excitement it worked on me. I am a late comer to Doctor Who, I watched all five series at once, then series six started, so I am not used to waiting for more

  • June 26, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST

    I have AICN and Craig Fergusen to thank

    by Matthew

    for me being curious enough to check out Who, and maybe the Simpsons and Futurama I can't remember. Howard Stern used the old theme as Eric the midgets music for a while. Anyway getting off topic, DALEKS!!!!!! I am slowly watching older Who. As far as stuff everyone already knows the Daleks are based off of the Germans EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE!

  • June 26, 2012, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Moffat's daleks

    by EleanorofAquitaine

    Moffat has given us some truly great Doctor Who, but I think he tripped up badly when it came to the daleks. Re-inventing them as the large, united colours of Benneton daleks was a terrible idea, and killing off the last of the traditional daleks seemed an act of hubris. I just hope that this new dalek episode (with all the old daleks) is not played for laughs. But, given that IMDB has been listing the episode title up till now as "rehab of the daleks" (but it is IMDB, I grant you) and, more importantly, given his past decision to jettison the classic daleks in favour of the Moffat dalek, I am a bit concerned that it might be played for laughs. Still, cannot wait for the new episodes.

  • June 26, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Ah yes, Craig Ferguson.

    by gotilk

    I love that every time you watch the show, the TARDIS is visible right there on his desk. Always warms my heart. And I consider him the absolute king of late Night. The show has that feel of old live TV (even though it's taped), relaxed... off the cuff. He literally doesn't care.... so he makes a very watchable show. A sort of punk-rock approach to comedy late night TV.

  • June 26, 2012, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by Ed


  • June 26, 2012, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Oh crap that is Andrew Garfield at 8:33 in the video.

    by gotilk

    He has come some distance hasn't he?

  • June 27, 2012, 1:22 a.m. CST

    On IMDB the title

    by Adam

    which I noticed a few days ago was credited as Rehab of the Daleks.

  • Parody of the Mac v PC adverts, looking at the classic Daleks v the new Russell T Davies inventions from Doctor Who. Inspired by Mitchell and Webb

  • June 27, 2012, 5:30 a.m. CST

    philjackson re: Rory Master

    by Rebel Scumb

    I haven't heard that anywhere (but I also haven't been looking), but it is a theory I've had for a little while. Not really based on anything other than gut feeling.

  • June 27, 2012, 5:58 a.m. CST

    Ah, but the big question that remains unanswered is...

    by Master of Zinj

    Will we find out what they use their plungers for?

  • June 27, 2012, 6:36 a.m. CST

    @Phil & @Rebel: Rory as Master was my New Year's HAT

    by veteran_of_mu

    In The Eleventh Hour there's a line the Doctor delivers around the Duck Pond shortly after asking Rory why he's videoing a man with a dog. Most people are aware the Doc has just noticed that Rory's hospital badge is from 1990 - meaning that this Rory is 20 years too young to be the man to whom the card belongs. But the Doc's holovision also lingered on Rory's pocket, where there was a bulge. Now, Rory being a nurse, I think we know exactly what that bulge has to be. A Watch. Next the Doc seems to rough Rory up on the pretext of getting him to stop going on about ~the raggedy doctor~. The Doc was in a hurry but there's no doubt that much contact gave him several chances to pick Rory's pocket. Then the Doc rants about ~a psychic link with a living but dormant mind!~ - and simultaneously pokes Rory in the head. This is telling. More telling still is the fact that in the next clear shot we have of Rory's top pocket - just before Prisoner Zero sinks into the sewer - Rory's top pocket is flat. No bulge. Empty. Devoid of Watch - and its chameleon arch. Rory Williams is The Master. That also explains why there are no ducks on the duck pond. Because that's where the Master's TARDIS is parked. It's invisible but ducks can't fly through it to land on the pond. All right there in plain sight. So is Mels, by the way - she's in the phone booth on the common surreptitiously photographing Rory through her cameraphone. Remarkable how far ahead Moff really is.

  • June 27, 2012, 7:39 a.m. CST

    Interesting theory

    by Alientoast

    It would suck, though, since I really do like Rory. But in that context, it does add an additional layer to the unique bit of Rory calling the Doctor on the bad shit he does all the time. If he was the Master, though...what would happen to Amy Pond? The Master has seldom been kind to his "companions".

  • June 27, 2012, 8 a.m. CST

    If Rory is the Master

    by spike fan

    I hope when the reveal comes we get more of the old school suave style original Master. He was ment to be the Moriarty to the Dr's Sherlock rather than the crazy food eating master of the End of Time. He's ment to be only other guy in the galaxy the Dr both likes and respects as equal to him lets have him like Besides isnt he ment to be the DR's brother/best friend he should know the Doc's real name now that the writers have made a big thing of it.

  • June 27, 2012, 9:03 a.m. CST

    eleanorofaquitaine - Moffat's Daleks

    by DoctorTom

    Moffat's claiming that he wants the new Daleks to be the equivalent of officers, with the original Daleks still around. I'm a little dubious of this, as I suspect if the Dalek reinvention had been better received they wouldn't necessarily have been worrying about the old ones as much. Then again, he might have planned a revisiting of the old Daleks all along. Personally, I don't mind the different colors for the Daleks - you've had different colors before. The big problem with the redesign for me was the spot on their back where they store the specialized weapons and such. It spoils the classic Dalek silhouette and makes them look like hunchbacks. I think the production crew realized this problem after filming the Dalek story - when you see the Daleks back in The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang it seems like they're taking care to film the Daleks from the front, so you don't see the humpback.

  • June 27, 2012, 9:06 a.m. CST

    master of zinj - Dalek plungers

    by DoctorTom

    we already have seen what they're for. Remembrance of the Daleks (Sylvester McCoy) showed a Dalek spaceship with control panels that were manipulated by the plungers. Also, the Eccleston story Dalek showed the one Dalek in the story using his plunger arm not only to kill someone, but to manipulate a (human) keypad to get out of a locked area. And, in Victory of the Daleks, we see that they can use it to carry tea. We weren't shown if they can actually manipulate things enough with the plungers to actually make the tea, and I doubt we'll ever find out.

  • Isn't it his dad we're supposed to see in Episode 4? I suspect that the whole 1990 badge thing is going to be explained in the last story with the Ponds, which we know has Weeping Angels in it. I suspect that we'll find out that Rory gets displaced in time by a Weeping Angel, and that's the older Rory's badge. Maybe the Angel's couldn't send him back as far because they sensed he's already lived 2000 years and shouldn't therefore have that much more life left, or his continually dying screws up their sense of how much potential life he has left.

  • June 27, 2012, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Been revisiting some of the Eccleston stories

    by DoctorTom

    Comcast has them on their on demand through the end of the week. I revisited Dalek, Empty Child/Doctor Dances, Boom Town, Bad Wolf/Parting of the Ways, and The Long Game (I know, I did that one out of order). It's nice to be reminded of how good Eccleston actually was in the role. I still prefer Matt Smith or Tom Baker, but Eccleston was still darn good in the role. For a story that catches a lot of grief, the more I watch Boom Town, the more I like it. Annette Badland is a wonderful actress as Margaret Slitheen. It's interesting that the Doctor trusts Jack enough at this point to let him stay by himself in the TARDIS, hooking the extrapolator up to the TARDIS console. For some reason, I get the feeling that Jack would have actually been able to fly the TARDIS too if he needed to - he certainly seems a lot more at home with the console than Rose ever did. Remember in Parting of the Ways, he was able to look at the viewing screen in the TARDIS and see that it was a transmat beam, not a disintegration beam. Parting Ways reminded me that Moffat said we're going to see every kind of Dalek again - if that's true we should be seeing an Emperor Dalek again. The question is, which Emperor Dalek? Evil of the Daleks type, Remembrance of the Daleks type (Davros as Emperor) or Parting of the Ways type Dalek? It's a shame Eccleston has such bad feelings about Who because of the work atmosphere then that he won't come back for the anniversary. Giving Eccleston and Smith some scenes that lets them stretch their acting chops would have been wonderful.

  • June 27, 2012, 10:31 a.m. CST

    Doctortom - thanks for ironing that one out!

    by Master of Zinj

    I think it was an old Eddie Izzard sketch that got me thinking - something about Dalek Steve turning up to do some plumbing and / or exterminating. I think the Dalek gave them a choice actually. In any case, can't wait to see the episode. I used to have my bowels regularly evacuated (metaphorically speaking) by the Daleks when I was younger. Also, I must rewatch Ecclestone episodes. I think he took me off guard first time round, because everyone was expecting a gritty, slightly scary doctor after his casting was announced, and Ecclestone surprisingly turned up the eccentricity and kookiness. I never really bought that side of him though: whenever he grinned and said something was 'fantastic' his eyes for me said something else. It also didn't help that, whenever he was interviewed, Ecclestone was exceptionally serious, even dour - I always thought you'd need a bit of a sense of humour to play the Doctor (or at least the eccentric side of him).

  • June 27, 2012, 10:57 a.m. CST

    Why Rory can't possibly be The Master ... and some Clues ...

    by veteran_of_mu

    The dying has to form part of Rory's premise but neither Tom nor I have explained it convincingly. If Rory were really regenerating it's just possible Amy could notice that ... and we haven't seen a skerrick of golden energy about him so I frankly doubt that he can be Master. Also the more likely Tardis on the duck pond is a second iteration of Sexy. The Doc recognised her immediately and wasn't a bit threatened - just surprised. If the duck pond really were the Master's Tardis I rather think his reaction wouldn't have been to just sail off on adventures with Amy. Plus there was MOV's tiny hint back when I first popped this up that this theory's missing buttock was somewhere else entirely. And since then we have seen Rory as a child so that presents more than a minor difficulty. Not only does the Master need to escape time-locked Gallifrey, go chameleon arch into a child, regenerate without regeneration energy, and not provoke the Doctor to take an immediate interest, but he needs to create a whole home-life for himself that manages to connect him to Amy and Mels ... it's just too much to think even He could do all that intentionally. Now Doctom's HAT has some merit in that we know Angels are involved. But it really doesn't explain the dying either. And that's become Rory's most important characteristic after marrying Amy and fathering River. The best clue is what the Silent says in TWORS: "Rory Williams the man who dies and dies again. Die one last time and know she will never come back for you." The one really special death for Rory wasn't a death at all. It was his return as a Roman after having never been born. Being sucked into a crack in Cold Blood there was another clue at the end when Amy says, "You boys and your locksmithery" Boys. She was supposed to have forgotten Rory - but obviously she hadn't yet. And that word, locksmithery ...

  • June 27, 2012, 10:58 a.m. CST

    MOV - Time has NOT flown

    by Perigee

    It has crawled as I have stared dejectedly at a parade of USA network shows. All of the color has drained from my world - I have all but faded to a listless gray... ...OK, not That bad. But it has sucked. But we have survived. I can do eight weeks. Maybe not nine, definitely not eleven. Wheee! (Premature, small celebration)

  • June 27, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    Perigee - the USA Network shows

    by DoctorTom

    are better than the network shows being served up now (but for many of the shows that's just a matter of whether you prefer dog dung to cow dung). It seems like the summer froth on the cable networks is generally better than the summer network stuff, even if many are formulaic (not just USA, but TNT and A&E also). We'll get some White Collar, Leverage and Warehouse 13 back at different times next month, so there will be some distractions before the new season of Who. Maybe we'll get some more Doctor Who references in Leverage.

  • June 27, 2012, 11:48 a.m. CST

    We might see an actual explanation for the 1990 Hospital card...

    by V'Shael

    but I'll be damned if the Duck Pond was anything other than a metaphor. Even when the ducks were gone (eaten by a crack) the pond was still remembered as a duck pond, even though the ducks were not remembered by anyone.

  • June 27, 2012, 11:50 a.m. CST


    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    You said, "If Rory were really regenerating it's just possible Amy could notice that ... and we haven't seen a skerrick of golden energy about him so I frankly doubt that he can be Master." But if Rory didn't have his watch, and was in human form, he wouldn't be able to regenerate, or have a golden glow around him. I am willing to guess that when Rory's dad shows up, he will tell Rory that he was adopted. Which will lead into him being the Master. Which would also mean that The Master is River's father. And the Doctor is married to River, which means that the Master is the Doctor's Father-In-Law! Dhu-da-daaa

  • June 27, 2012, 11:55 a.m. CST

    Hey Docbackers

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    If any of you live in Florida, or around Miami this coming weekend, there is the Florida Supercon going on. Alex Kingston will be in attendence all weekend signing, and she will having pictures taken with the TARDIS! Also, there are several Doctor Who panels going on as well. Here is the website for the con: Cheers

  • June 27, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    The Master

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    could of parked his TARDIS on top of Amy's house, and that would explain the 3rd floor on the inside of her house, but the exterior only shows it being a 2 story house.

  • June 27, 2012, 1:33 p.m. CST

    The great David Warner to appear in a upcoming episode!

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Bout time for a live action appearance in the Who universe, not that I didn't appreciate the Audios with him.

  • June 27, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    mj's ghost - that IS good news!

    by DoctorTom

    He's one of those I have wanted to see in the show in some fashion, whether or not it was as a Doctor. I did enjoy the Doctor Who Unbound stories that had him as an alternate Third Doctor, with Nick Courtney effectively becoming his companion in 90's Hong Kong.

  • June 27, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    DAVROS ..!!!!

    by 1919

    We need a DAVROS story for Matt Smith,. ....I have recently watched all the DAVROS story lines and think he is the strongest WHO villain. Also we need THE MASTER back ... I would love to see what CGI wizards could do by having all incarnations of the DOCTOR appear with one another the Tribbles Deep Space Nine episode..MAKE IT HAPPEN ..!

  • June 27, 2012, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Moffet is now just rubbish

    by Kakii

    His episodes of the previous Dr's were great, yet let into the wild on his home and they suck! Matt Smith could be awesome, but the stories etc just let him down, he'll end ups another Collin Baker or McCoy. Plus Amy Pond is really bad. The whole Matt Smith stories are awful. the Dr has gone from awesome to meh!I dont even feel like watching the next season as the previous was so dire, real shame as MS has great potential which is just being completely wasted!

  • June 27, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    When does the new series start?

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

    Anyone? I am dying to see if this plays out with Rory!!!!

  • No one can take such a comment as yours seriously. Sorry.

  • June 28, 2012, 3:41 a.m. CST

    @disgruntled_chinaman - The first episode airs at the BFI

    by V'Shael

    on August 14th. This is somewhat similar to previous premieres, which have been anywhere from 2 weeks in advance of the premiere date to 7 weeks in advance. I think that puts us safely into October for the Premiere date. Any sooner, and the BBC might have announced it by now. Any later, and it would be the earliest premiere the BFI have had regarding Who. So it looks like we will get 5 episodes, then a break of a few weeks, then the Christmas episode. Then in 2013... who the hell knows how long we'll have to wait. Another 8 months perhaps?

  • June 28, 2012, 5:52 a.m. CST

    @michael_jackson's_ghost on Rory The Master

    by veteran_of_mu

    Indeed the notion that River got TL genes from Rory was one of my original justifications for this HAT. As for the tragic reveal of Rory the Master's true identity, this is HAT 1123 from back in February: ---- On the fields of Trenzalore, the question is asked and answered. And then ... and then ... Just being flip, Amy asks ~Rory Who?~ And with a look of horror at the revelation, Rory is compelled to say ~Rory … the Roman. Yes. Rory Williams. Rory … Pond. Rory the Last Centurion. Rory the … Nurse. Rory the ... the …Master!- Cue chameleon arch effects. Rory, agonised, says, -No. No. I won't let you. Not again. I'm strong. I love her. I've loved her. Two Thousand Years. I've been her husband for two thousand years and I won't. I WON'T. I …~ And then he screams. Amy holds him in her arms as he screams and screams. The Doctor tries to reach them. But he can't. And slowly, inevitably, Rory's hands close on Amy's throat. And now the Doctor takes the Sonic from his pocket. With the red settings. And points it at himself. The Tardis explodes. The universe ends. Silence falls. There is the sound of clapping. A small round of applause. Tom Baker, old and wise, walks into the light, still clapping. So do the others. ~Oh, bravo. Very good! Very good.- ~But, ~ says Pertwee, ~it really can't end like that, you know. Won't do.~ ~Wont do at all, ~ agrees Tennant. ~Really it's a bit - ~ ~Naff.~ says Ecclestone. ~Try again I say.~ And so on around the circle. Finally Smith pipes up. ~I understand, my lords, you'd all have done it otherwise. But I have a plan. Watch.~ And turns on his heel, walks purposefully to the Tardis, smiles, tips them a wink, and closes the door. McGann asks Tom Baker as the grind sets in, ~Do you know what he's talking about?~ And Baker smiles with all his teeth and says, ~Not a clue, dear boy, not a clue. Jelly baby?~ Roll closing credits.

  • June 28, 2012, 9:28 a.m. CST

    disgruntled_chinaman - series 7 start date

    by Mister Vertue

    Hasn't been officially announced yet, but stay tuned! I don't think we'll have to wait much longer for confirmation...

  • June 28, 2012, 9:33 a.m. CST

    perigee - time *does* fly

    by Mister Vertue

    When you're having fun. Or just working incredibly hard. Apparently. You're either not working hard enough, or not having enough fun. I hope it's not the latter!

  • June 28, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Amy's whole village is a TARDIS...

    by lynxpro

    Yeah, I just brought the crazy...

  • June 28, 2012, 9:38 a.m. CST

    kakii - you need to expand

    by Mister Vertue

    You use words like 'dire', 'suck', 'awful' and 'really bad', yet you don't say *why* you've used such negative words. You have a right to an opinion, but you look rather foolish if you don't back it up with something a little more substantial. Docbacks are here for us to discuss Doctor Who, both the positive and the negative, but in a constructive way. So please, expand on your last post!

  • June 28, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Rory is the Master?

    by Mister Vertue

    No. Just no. We've obviously reached a point where Who starvation has sent most of you insane.

  • June 28, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    MOV - it could be worse

    by DoctorTom

    Nobody's started rumors yet that Rory is the Rani... Or that the Dream Lord, who becomes the Valeyard, eventually becomes Omega.... ...or that the Dalek episode is also going to be a crossover with Red Dwarf (thus letting them finally get their Red Dwarf Dalek story).... there's still a ways to go before it's not only the Daleks that need an asylum.

  • June 28, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Asylum of the Docbacks

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    it's getting there....IT's getting there.

  • June 28, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    doctortom - But...

    by Mister Vertue

    Rory *IS* the Rani. Isn't that obvious? Argh!

  • June 28, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    K-9 is behind the Silence

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    Robot dogs are not to be trusted.

  • June 28, 2012, 1:50 p.m. CST

    Rory is the Rose-Doc regenerated

    by Dreamfasting

    Just wanted to throw that at the wall to see if it sticks. One of the biggest dangling loose ends we have right now is this question of where the time lord DNA in River came from. I know scriptwriters like to treat DNA it as magical material and somehow, human genetics is more likely to be compatable with alien DNA than with a starfish from here on earth that actually shares a lot of chemistry in common with us. But to me, the conception in flight theory just doesn't cut it as an explanation. One of those two parents has to be more than they seem.

  • June 28, 2012, 2:11 p.m. CST

    dreamfasting - Time Lord DNA

    by DoctorTom

    It was implied that the exposure to the time space vortex (essentially, in the TARDIS it seems that they're taking a bath in artron energy), and that the exposure triggered the same change in River that over time occurred to the Time Lords with their exposure to the time-space vortex. This of course means that given enough time, Cardiff is going to breed Time Lords because of their exposure to the time rift. All we can guess is that the artron energy forces certain specific mutations in DNA in order to cope with it. Of course, we know that Amy had exposure to the crack in time as she was growing up, enough so that her memories were able to recall the Doctor and reboot the universe. Given that exposure while she was growing up, any children she had probably wouldn't be completely normal, and might have helped with the development of Timehead DNA in River. This of course means that if you want to have Timehead babies, find a crack in time or a time rift, take girls when they're young, tie a rope to them and push them into the crack/rift. Pull them out and repeat the temporal dunking process for several years.

  • June 28, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    Doctom's HAT & MOV's No

    by veteran_of_mu

    "This of course means that if you want to have Timehead babies, find a crack in time or a time rift, take girls when they're young, tie a rope to them and push them into the crack/rift. Pull them out and repeat the temporal dunking process for several years." Or fifty ... "No. Just no." Ahah! The answer to the question! Doctor Who? Moffatt is setting up for a giant DW/James-Bond cross-over. It explains Doc 10's lost hand ... really everything in both franchises. Doctor No!