The BBC Press Office have released a new press release to cover the next four episode of series 7 including the series finale. The whole article can be found here but the important pieces of information are summarised below:
The Name of the Doctor Synopsis
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…
Directed by Saul Metzstein
Written by Steven Moffat
Produced by Denise Paul
Interview with Steven Moffat
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.
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!
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!
Read the rest of Moffat’s interview here.
Interview with Matt Smith
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.
Read the rest of Smith’s interview here.
Interview with Jenna Louise Coleman
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. 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…”
Read the rest of Coleman’s interview here.
Very interesting, as I’ve said before… there’s only two ways to find out the truth – time travel or patience.