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A New Promo For This Year's DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special!! Plus DW Season/Series 7 Resumes...


BBC has issued a new trailer for The Snowmen - this year's DOCTOR WHO Christmas Special transmitting December 25.  

The Snowmen will formally integrate new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman into the show, which we recently learned will return for a second batch of Season/Series 7 episodes in April 2013.  





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  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    More docotor

    by Keith

    Thank god, something to watch now.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by Keith

    edit feature...we're waiting....

  • Spring instead of Autumn. Has there been any word on season 8 being greenlit/starting production? Hopefully JLC is the fresh start the show needs right now.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Aaaaand they kiss...

    by Darth_Tarantino

    The Doctor is such a tart :P

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Great ... more snogging.

    by Deagol21

    Once again it looks like we get a female companion that wants to song the Doctor. Do we really need to constantly have the Doc be involved in romantic entanglements??? I'm sure that Matt Smith will continue to be the pragmatist and keep her at arms length, which I'm glad for. But whatever happened to the idea of a companion who just wants to go on adventures with the Doctor to see the universe? The only Nu-Who companion to be portrayed that way was Donna, and I thought it was very refreshing to not have the constant soap-opera of "Does he like me? I like him! Why doesn't he share my feelings?? Boo-hoo-hoo!" My eyes are rolling as I type this. I'm sick to death of it. Just because the Doc is supposedly "young and handsome" doesn't meant that women need to be throwing themselves at him all the time. And many Brits often complain that Americans are over-sexed! Good grief.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    And Matt Smith isn't handsome

    by donkey_lasher

    He's one ugly mother.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:46 a.m. CST

    No details yet on Series 8

    by supertoyslast

    All we know so far is that, following this second batch of episodes from Series 7, there will be something for the 50th anniversary in November. Whether this will be a one-off special, a run of specials or the first half of Series 8 is anyone's guess. In any case, I think filming will start fairly early in the new year.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Deagol21 - Freudian Slip?

    by DewMan89

    Once again it looks like we get a female companion that wants to song the Doctor

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Quotes don't work

    by DewMan89

    To Song or to Snog The Doctor. Pretty much the same thing.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:22 p.m. CST

    I'm sick of the female companion who crushes on the Doc big time either.

    by DerLanghaarige

    We get it, the Doctor is awesome, but not even Austin Powers was able to get so much pussy! Just give him a male companion for a while. Although they can make him gay and then we have the same problem again. I miss Donna...

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:45 p.m. CST

    Kissing?! Ewww, gross!!!

    by Royston Lodge

    I try to get into the mindset of my 10-year-old self when watching Doctor Who. More scary bits! Less icky kissing!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST


    by Keith

    Agreed. How about just some frigging adventures in space/time, without the soap opera storylines? That's what made Donna and Rory so good, she loved the adventure and he was amazed but mainly protective of Amy (which brought out character development as he got 'stronger').

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 12:58 p.m. CST

    So if you're married in the future...

    by Keith

    and shag in the past, is it infidelity?

  • Ten minutes into her first episode? Fifteen? Seriously, this bollocks has got to stop. Either that, or Sly and Tom get to squeeze some hot young titties in any forthcoming multi-Doc story.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 1:18 p.m. CST

    scratchmonkey - there's another option

    by DoctorTom

    Romana shows up with a Time Tot in tow and tells Tom Baker *Doctor, we need to have a serious talk*

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    New companion

    by Hellstrom

    More to her than meets the eye methinks (though she is cute to be sure). Clara/Oswin (from Asylum of the Daleks) connection will be an ongoing "soft mystery" for Season 7B. Is she even human? Will she even be the same person in Episode 8 in April that she is in the Christmas Special??

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST


    by Matthew

    I thought Moffat said he wanted the show to air when it was still dark outside. It airs at 7pm in the UK. It is still daylight around that time in September and maybe April and May for certain. I guess it airs at 9pm in the US, but whatever. I don't like the long time span between episodes. I mean I get it, they get two big ratings premieres but doesn't mean I have to like it. I think they want to build anticipation but it might do the opposite, make us wait so long with a shorter season I might not care anymore. I might be bitter about it actually ha ha ha ha, not really. Was hoping for january return as nothing else but Fringe is on

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    April is game of thrones time anyway

    by Matthew

    I need new Who before that

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Fuck this faggot Who shit - Hell On Wheels gets saeaon 3!

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 1:37 p.m. CST

    doctortom: that'd be worth it for one thing...

    by Bill C.

    ...the epic WTF faces from ALL the other assembled Doctors. (I'm not sure how Clara would react, though any usage of the word "tart" might indeed be comedy gold.)

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:08 p.m. CST

    redshirt 24 - I'm sure there's be even more than that

    by DoctorTom

    we probably won't have just the Doctors around for this, but also River Song. We can have the Doctors boggled at meeting his wife, and River wanting to know who the tart with his kid is.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:10 p.m. CST

    There's more snogging to make up for the crap stories.


    Shit like Dinosaurs on a Spaceship plus many others.

  • The stories in the Hartnell, Pertwee and Baker years were far superior.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:23 p.m. CST

    The Snowmen

    by Kevin Kittridge

    Look fucking stupid.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:35 p.m. CST

    So much vitriol over a kiss when...

    by Jayemel

    ...people aren't even looking at it in context in the trailer. First she grabs the Doctor's hand to lead him and he says "that's my thing," then she grabs him and kisses him without his consent. This is a complete departure from any of the nu-Who companions (I don't know about the old ones). This woman doesn't revere the Doctor and wait for his consent/cues. Maybe the kiss isn't about sexual/romantic interest, but breaking that boundary to show him that she's in control.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    doctortom: okay, just give me half an episode with...

    by Bill C.

    I was here first.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Ian McKellan if i'm not mistaken...

    by DC Films the voiceover that starts 8 seconds in, about mankind fallen and that usual stuff.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    doctortom, that was supposed to say...

    by Bill C.

    ...half an episode with Romana and River Song bitching at each other.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 3:17 p.m. CST

    The Kissing...

    by Whitemouse know before we jump to conclusion that the new companion is lusting after The Doctor, has anyone considered the possibility that there's mistletoe involved as this is a Christmas episode? Just asking...?

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 3:48 p.m. CST

    Jeezus, JLC is almost impossibly hot.

    by Playkins

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 4:09 p.m. CST

    redshirt 24, naaah, there's better things to put in

    by DoctorTom

    Moffat always wanted to do a scene with Captain Jack at a party, he sees River Song and asks her who she is - she whispers it to him and he looks slightly puzzled. Then, he sees Jenny (The Doctor's Daughter, not the companion to Madame Vastra) asks her who she is, she whispers it to him, and he gets a what the hell look. Actually, I'd want Captain Jack there so that we find out Captain Jack had a brief liaison with River Song, then you can get into the Doctor going *you shagged my wife?* and Jack goind *she's your wife?*

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 5 p.m. CST

    HAT #1880

    by veteran_of_mu

    There are enough new characters and plot elements here to make the second half of S7 into something more than a single episode. Victorian DW is always good, and with Vastra taking the Doctor/Holmes connection out of the question there's no particular reason the show can't settle down in one era for a few episodes. As for why ... Clara Who.

  • I said mulitple OSWINS! Sheesh! Get your mind (and mine) out of the gutter!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 5:46 p.m. CST

    doctortom: hell, I'd send Moffat $20 air mail if he wrote that.

    by Bill C.

    You win, sir!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST

    'The Moff': fanboy-pleasing...

    by Mister Vertue

    And then there’s the finale, which has got some serious fanboy-pleasing going on in it. My aim for it – which I’m about to humiliate myself at the tone meeting by saying – is to have slightly more than you think could possibly happen in one episode. Slightly more treats than you think you could be allowed.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Oh dear, it ate the rest of my post

    by Mister Vertue

    Well, that was The Moff's quote from the latest SFX magazine. Can't be bothered to remember/type out my original posting. Discuss!

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Doctor/Clara kiss

    by Mister Vertue

    How about watching the actual episode first before making comments on that scene? Is that literally too much to ask? I suppose it is these days. Sorry.

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I don't think the voiceover is McKellan

    by Psychonaut

    I think it's Michael Gambon (who was in the Xmas special before last playing the Scrooge character).

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Less than two weeks!

    by sunspot_mike

    For some reason, this particular season split and the lack of a big arc has made it a little harder to be completely over the moon like the The Doctor's Death was last season, which ended up being my favorite arc since Bad Wolf, which was clumsy but still a great surprise when the Daleks showed up!) I saw what they were trying to do, though, with the blockbuster feel of each episode (each episode poster was my laptop background), and I appreciate it, but the lack of the the continuing story took out a little bit of the epic-ness (well, besides the awesome opener.) I feel like that knowing the Ponds were on their way out took some of the wind out of the sails of the early part of the season, so I think that with the new companion and the 50th anniversary on the way, they're ratcheting up the excitement for the rest of the episodes. Christmas looks great and it's my favorite present every year!

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Psychonaut- It is McKellan.

    by ShadowVoyd

    They kept him under wraps for awhile, but this pretty much lets the cat out of the bag. He's the special voice over guest star for this episode.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 5:30 a.m. CST

    It sounds more like Michael Gambon to me as well...

    by Stegman84

    We shall see.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 6:26 a.m. CST

    Regardless how the Clara/Doctor relationship goes...

    by Brad Williams's almost certainly not going to be as cringe-worthy as the way Davies wrote Rose/Ten. I get women (and Captain Jack) making moon eyes at the Doctor. It makes sense. But he can't reciprocate. Basically, it should work the way it worked with Amy. When she tried to jump him, he did everything he could to get out of the situation. Martha was handled similarly, except without Amy's aggressiveness. Having it set up like it was with Donna, who didn't wasn't interested in him romantically, is fine, too. But the Rose thing was hard to watch, and made me really concerned about the direction of the show in year two. Not as much as the farting aliens in the first series, but still. I love the show, and I'm really looking forward to the rest of this series. I think The Moff has done a great job as showrunner.


  • Dec. 13, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    MOV - some intriguing possibilities are already entering my head

    by Master of Zinj

    I'd love some nods to whatever is going to happen with the 50th Anniversary (and other Doctors hopefully!). I do worry when a little too much happens in an episode though - it's like having too many good Christmas presents all at once: I tend not to savour them as much as I'd want to. But then again, I'm never going to turn down being spoiled... Anyway, I need to make a New Year's resolution not to get too carried away with my Who theories for 2013. I want to enjoy what's on the screen and not compare it to anything I'm imagining in my head...

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Moffat comments on the new episodes coming next year!

    by Mark

    And then there's the finale, which has got some serious fanboy-pleasing going on in it.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Drat, try again!

    by Mark

    We have Doctor Who taking on the modern urban thriller, which is not very much like anyone else's modern urban thriller! showrunner Moffat told SFX of the new run. We've got your base-under-siege story in a new way. We've gone all-out to give you a fantastic alien planet, which is looking absolutely amazing. We've got a cracking ghost story, a really cracking ghost story. We've got Diana Rigg and junior Diana Rigg in an absolutely mental story by Mark Gatiss - all period drama will pale next to this monstrosity of nonsense! It's absolutely glorious. You'll watch other period dramas and say 'When are they going to do the scary bit?' And then there's the finale, which has got some serious fanboy-pleasing going on in it. Moffat also promised that Neil Gaiman's forthcoming Cybermen adventure - which features guest stars Warwick Davis, Tamzin Outhwaite, Jason Watkins and Will Merrick - will exploit the creepy factor of the iconic villains. Part of the impulse there was to say, 'Have we fully exploited the creepy factor of the Cybermen yet?' - I thought Neil would be a good match for that," the writer explained.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    tangcameo - multiple Oswins/Claras

    by DoctorTom

    we pretty much know that from some leaked footage, with some not knowing what others know. I put the theory out a bit back that it's going to be something like Scaroth, last of the Jageroth (City of Death) where the Claras/Oswins we run into are shards of an original Clara/Oswin). Maybe the Doctor finds out he has to try to reunite the shards to make a complete Oswin again (which will mean trying to get Dalek Oswin off the Asylum planet before it gets destroyed - possible though it would take good timing to pop the TARDIS in around her right when the force field is lifted.) I think the question will be if we end up with multiple Claras meeting each other.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Here is a question.

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    A friend the I got hooked onto Doctor Who asked me this, and I couldn't give a good answer. Could Gallifrey have been brought back during Big Bang 2, and the Doctor not know it?

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    MJ's Ghost

    by Brad Williams

    Well, the Doctor has long insisted that he would know if there were any Time Lords out there, so presumably he would have sensed it if Gallifrey had been reinstated. That said, it would be really easy for Moffatt to explain that away ("Rassilon put a psychic damping field around the planet to avoid detection!") if he wanted to, so sure, it's possible.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 11:26 a.m. CST

    The countdown to the 50th starts at 5.15pm on Christmas Day.

    by Captain Howdy

    And I'll bet any Docbacker a shiny pound that all 11 Doctors will be seen before the 2013 Christmas Special rolls around. Easy money.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:04 p.m. CST

    RE: Rebooted Gallifrey.

    by Captain Howdy

    The 50th has to have an appearance from The Master, in some shape or form, and the last time we saw him, he was being dragged back to the time-locked, Time War ravaged Gallifrey. My guess is that at least one Time Lord is still around, has the wherewithal to break free from any trap, (timelocked or otherwise), and has yet to be written by The Moff. A lack of scenery-chewing from John Simm as he and Matt Smith's Doctor meet on the Fields on Trenzalore, prior to both their regenerations, (leaving none of us certain as to which Time Lord is which as their new iterations walk away from the smoke and destruction), is something I would love to see.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:11 p.m. CST

    MJ's ghost - Gallifrey

    by DoctorTom

    I'd agree with Brad will - you would think that if Gallifrey was back, that the Doctor would have sensed it the way he can tell there aren't any other Time Lords out there. Maybe it's a connection between a Time Lord and the APC net that updates in the Matrix the knowledge that the Time Lord has? I agree that it's easy to work around though. Heck given the events of The Invasion of Time you'd think that in addition to the transduction barrier they'd add a perception filter to keep things from noticing where Gallifrey is. Maybe they didn't do this pre-Big Bang 2 (given that their President was in absentia and not there to keep giving suggestions like this) , but the post-BB2 version of Gallifrey might have done this. Just because it's back doesn't mean that it's back the exact same way. We haven't had any talk with people since Big Bang 2 to see if they remember a war between Cybermen and Daleks over the world (the one which destroyed Torchwood London - just claim that all the indpendent Torchwood stories happened before Big Bang 2 and you can have Ianto back, possibly still working for a Torchwood London that's still around.) I suspect though that if BB2 happened because of the atoms of the original universe, though, that it's copying the original universe as much as possible. You'd have thought that Skaro would have been in the time lock, though, and it obviously isn't, so it's hard to say. That said Gallifrey still exists inside the Time Lock, if they wanted it back they could bring it out again if they wanted to. I think they don't really want to, though. Unless we're getting that for the 50th anniversary.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Gamma-ray_joe - will we get all 12 of the 11 Doctors?

    by DoctorTom

    If they slip in a clip of Hartnell, they might get cheeky and slip in Hurndall also with a clip from The Five Doctors? Yes, I know that technically there's more than 12 people who played the 11 Doctors, since you can include the stuntmen who doubled as the Doctor over the years. Likewise, there's at least 3 versions of the Ninth Doctor - Eccleston, Richard E Grant (Scream of the Shalka) and Rowan Atkinson (The Curse of Fatal Death). I think it could be as fun if they do a story The Three Ninth Doctors with all 3 of them; I'm sure it would be a timey-wimey, spacey-wacey thing.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    doctortom *POTENTIAL SPOILER*

    by Captain Howdy

    I discovered something completely by accident on Wikipedia, today, that leads me to believe that we might not see Hartnell, but a recast 1st Doctor. I've been sorely tempted to post the link here, (despite Wiki's often disastrously awry, user-defined predictions), but felt it's potentially too big a spoiler, if true.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST


    by DoctorTom

    That's certainly possible, though I think a lot of things have come from people wishlisting and wanting to see Benedict Cumberbatch case as a young First Doctor. I'm not saying that it won't happen, but I'm a little dubious. On the other hand, it wold make perfect sense if the 50th anniversary special had some ties back to the first Doctor, and they might want to go further than just bringing back Susan and/or Ian in it.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST


    by Captain Howdy

    The actor in question has had ties to Doctor Who, in the past, and is actually looking quite a lot like Hartnell, these days - if true, it's a genius stroke. Should there be substance to any of it, and the multi-Doctor story does come to fruition, I can't see many people looking on it as a mistreatment of Hartnell. Quite the opposite, in fact. As for the tales of a young Doctor, I'm sure it's something the BBC has considered, and if it hasn't, it really should. Cumberbatch would be a great choice, but I'd rather see a relative unknown given the chance to become the man in the blue box.

  • It just occurred to me that we might have actually seen the First Doctor and not realized it. That was because he was looking like Dobby the House Elf at the time. When the Master aged Tennant with the laser screwdriver, was he rewriting the genetic code so that the regenerations wouldn't happen instead of merely aging him? Yes I know they used the Tennant voice, and the knowledge would have remained the same, but the Dobby version wouldn't have to sound like Hartnell any more than The Face of Boe sounds like Captain Jack. Of course, the aging thing is pretty dubious to start with - 100 years on a Time Lord wouldn't have aged the Doctor to old man stage, otherwise they would have needed someone much, much older to have played the first Romana.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 1:20 p.m. CST

    The Dobby Doctor...

    by Captain Howdy

    ... was ridiculous. I'd actually erased that memory from my mind, until today. The whole thing never made any sense to me. Surely Gallifrey would have been overrun with cautious Time Lords and Ladies shuffling about, looking like Yoda, and being in relatively high positions, if this is what happened to them beyond a certain age.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 2:18 p.m. CST

    The Aged Doctor makes even less sense

    by RockLobster800

    In season 6...doesn't 11 go galavanting off by himself for like 194 years before he dies? Didn't age a day then either

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    actually, rocklobster, he did

    by DoctorTom

    he started getting some grey hairs. Not many, and certainly didn't look like the old Tennant did after only an extra hundred years. We're back to how age normally works for Time Lords - they pick a look and that's how they are, and it doesn't change radically unless changes in the actor's appearance require you to accomodate that in the script.

  • So Moff having Matt Smith spend a lost 200 years wasn't anything radical. It was RTD(of course it was because he suuuucckkks) who fucked up by doing that nonsense where Tennant's Doctor physically aged a hundred years and turned into Dobby. I blocked that lame shit out of my mind too.

  • Dec. 13, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    I didn't think he did, the comedian

    by DoctorTom

    He was 759 with Romana, I don't think he ever said he was 650. I recall 750, and you had variable ages before that (thousands of....somethings....with Pertwee). It was after Baker that they started adding the years. I think Colin Baker's was about 900, and McCoy was about 950. (either that or McCoy was 900 and McGann was 950 - I think I killed the brain cell with that particular information stored in it). I know there was a definite gap in age between latter Baker and Davison that can't be accounted for normally since the Davison shows had the continuity linking the stories. I think there was a missing adventure written to explain why the 5th Doctor aged - he had gotten separated from his TARDIS, and had to start a restaurant and make it good enough to get noticed galactically so that a space-time junction would be opened for gourmets from across time and space could come there - the Doctor went through the Gateway. I think it was a Christopher Bulis novel.

  • I can't remember the episode and I don't have time to wikiprove it but I'm almost certainly positive of it. That's why what RTD did always seemed like stupid rubbish to me.

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST

    The Doctor should be able to kiss as many women as he wants.

    by cerberus

    You guys crack me up with the "Oh no, kissing!?" stuff.

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 3:46 a.m. CST

    IAN McKELLAN is down as the voice of the mysterious snow globe.

    by siouxfire

    Would like to see a snow elemental battle the Balrog.

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 9:47 a.m. CST

    thecomdian - no, he didn't

    by DoctorTom I remembered him being about 760 at the Key to Time, and saying he's about 750 in the seasons before that. He never gave an age of around 650. The big jump was between the two Bakers - Colin's Doctor said he was about 900 while Tom was about 760 at the Key to Time. There wasn't a 100 year jump after Sarah Jane, but there could be that amount of time travelling with Romana near the end (I think the Davison age reference I remembered was only in a novel). There was too much companion continuity with Davison and with 1st season Colin Baker for there to have been that gap, so the age jump is either with Romana, with Adric (maybe he was perpetually stuck looking like an adolescent), or he was dropping off companions even then and nicking out for solo adventures.

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    cerebus - the "oh no, kissing" stuff

    by DoctorTom

    I remember the uproar over Paul McGann and Daphne Ashbrook kissing - imagine how the people then would have reacted if it had been River Song popping up instead.

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 11 p.m. CST

    Doctorom-the "oh no, kissing" stuff

    by cerberus

    The Doctors race is gone and human women look just like Galifreyans. If anything The Doctor should be applauded for the restraint he is showing. I know that if my entire race died and then I found myself living amongst a group whose women looked just like my old races my Tardis would play host to a non-stop sexy party.

  • Dec. 15, 2012, 7:56 p.m. CST

    Yeah, the "no kissing stuff" was kind of juvenile....

    by ProfWimsey

    .... I mean, the Doctor might be "gung ho," but you'd think that he'd still notice! The "they are aliens" part doesn't really work: after all, the companions could/would fall for the Doctor. (I did like how they retconned it so that Sarah Jane was in love with the Doctor: as Liz Sladen noted, she should have been!) That said, I like how the Doctor does act relatively inexperienced around River: he's like a giddy schoolboy! Well, maybe I would be, too, if I took a century off.... (Actually, I would be if I took a year off!)

  • Dec. 17, 2012, 2:05 a.m. CST

    Honestly, I am glad to see Rory and

    by Gremlin517

    Amy go away, and while this is not my favorite Doctor--I think my biggest problem with the latest series is Stephen Moffet. I am really tired of his outlook on the Doctor and would like to see a new vision at the helm--this one is getting far too silly for its or the viewers good. The writing tries to be far too clever and half the time just seems out of character--for the Doctor and for the series. I don't know how it works at the BEEB, nor how writers are chosen for the series--but, I personally think that it may be past time giving someone else a chance to play in the TARDIS sandbox. Gremlin