Written by - Steven Moffat
The series kicks off in bold fashion with a trip to America! This opening two-parter will see The Doctor, Amy and Rory head back to the 1960s to meet the US President (guest star Stuart Milligan) at the White House. There's no fakery here either - the Who team decamped to Utah last year and filmed a number of exciting scenes on location.
There's also a pretty amazing guest star on board for these two eps - Mark Sheppard (veteran of Supernatural, Battlestar Galactica, Chuck and countless other cult US shows) will saddle up as FBI agent Canton Everett Delaware III. As if that weren't enough, Alex Kingston is also back for another turn as River Song!
Speaking of which, remember the shocking sight of an imprisoned, bearded Doctor that's featured in recent clips and trailers? Keep an eye out for that scene in this two-parter!
Written by - Steve Thompson
This 1696-set pirate epic, scripted by Sherlock scribe Steve Thompson, was a relatively late addition to the series, replacing a Mark Gatiss script that will now pop up later in the year. For episode three, the Who crew headed off on another (less sunny) location shoot, to Charlestown in Cornwall.
The big guest star in this ep is an impressively bearded Hugh Bonneville, taking a break from Downton Abbey to buckle his swash and battle a ghostly creature played by model-turned-actress Lily Cole! Lee Ross, late of Eastenders and Life On Mars, will also pop up in this as-yet-untitled instalment as 'Boatswain' and Emmerdale's Oscar Lloyd will play a character named Toby.
One final hint for this piratical adventure? Don't. Spill. A Drop.
Written by - Neil Gaiman
So just who is Idris? That's the question posed by Neil Gaiman's long-awaited contribution to Doctor Who, which bears the frankly jaw-dropping title of 'The Doctor's Wife'. Former Coronation Street actress Suranne Jones plays Idris, described by Gaiman as "an old friend of the Doctor's with a new face". Fan speculation has her pinned as everyone from the Rani (again!) to a human manifestation of the Tardis, but are any of the rumours on the ball?
Brit actor Michael Sheen is taking a break from Twilight films and Tron sequels to play a voice role in this episode, while Being Human actor Adrian Schiller and Psychoville's Elizabeth Berrington also pop up as Uncle and Auntie, residents of a junkyard planet in a bubble universe.
And what about Matt Smith's claim that this episode is "a real one for the ardent Who fans"? Well, look out for an appearance from an Ood and a little tribute to Second Doctor Patrick Troughton's 1969 swansong 'The War Games'!
Written by - Matthew Graham
Matthew Graham returns to script another Doctor Who adventure, bringing his former Life On Mars cohort Marshall Lancaster with him! The actor best known as Chris Skelton is playing Buzzer in this two-part adventure, featuring alongside the likes of Wallander actress Sarah Smart, Lead Balloon's Raquel Cassidy and Casualty veteran Mark Bonnar.
As we reach the latter half of the series, spoiler sensitivity reaches dangerous levels, so plot details are scarce. Guest star Leon Vickers's casting as a "clone worker" earlier this year might provide a few hints however...
And for those of you who are anticipating a big cliffhanger to round off this initial run of seven episodes, you may be surprised to learn that the real shocker may instead be coming at the end of 'The Almost People'. From the mouth of Moffat himself, this cliffhanger is set to be an "absolute cracker".
Written by - Steven Moffat
The Doctor's darkest hour finally arrives, as the battle of Demon's Run begins! This mid-season finale stars Misfits actor Danny Sapani as Colonel Manton, while Charlie Baker and Dan Johnston will feature as 'Fat Man' and 'Thin Man' respectively! Actress Annabel Cleare and son Henry also apparently have "small parts" in the episode. Plus, remember River's blue-skinned contact Dorium from 'The Pandorica Opens'? Actor Simon Fisher-Becker is back to breathe life into the character once more!
And as for the plot? We'll just say this - a shocking secret will finally be revealed, a familiar race of monsters (or maybe even two) will make an appearance, and silence will definitely fall...
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