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'Doctor Who' returns: Clara, Ice Warriors, guest stars - new pictures

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The BBC has released images from the new series of Doctor Who.

The sci-fi drama returns to BBC One on Saturday, March 30 with 'The Bells of St John', penned by showrunner Steven Moffat.

The episode - which marks the official introduction of the Doctor's new companion Clara (Jenna-Louise Coleman) - has been described as a "modern-day urban thriller" and features landmarks including Westminster Bridge and London's South Bank.

The new Doctor Who pictures also reveal scenes from episodes two, three and four of the new run.

The third outing - written by Mark Gatiss - is set aboard a submarine and will see the return of classic monsters the Ice Warriors.

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Episode four will feature guest appearances from Call the Midwife's Jessica Raine and Scottish star Dougray Scott.

Eight new episodes of Doctor Who will air on Saturday nights in total, with a number of additional projects also being planned to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary later in 2013.

Already confirmed are a 3D special directed by Nick Hurran ('Asylum of the Daleks', 'The Girl Who Waited') and a drama biopic exploring the early days of Doctor Who, written by Mark Gatiss.

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Watch a trailer for Doctor Who series 7B below:

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