THE NEWS BUNDLE: 'Doctor Who' Season 7 Returns This April, Neil Gaiman's Next Episode to Feature Cybermen


It's been a solid month since the conclusion of Doctor Who's brief fall run, which ended on a heartbreaking note while leaving the companion spot wide open for Jenna-Louise Coleman to return (or debut...the whole Oswin thing is still a bit fuzzy). While answers are coming for our annual Christmas special, it's exactly how long we'll have to wait afterwards for a regular return of The Doctor that has truly been up in the air. Now, our return window is shortened as we receive a premiere month along with a major reveal regarding Neil Gaiman's upcoming scripted episode.

First up trusted fan site Doctor Who and the Tardis reports that Doctor Who Series 7 will be returning in April for a run of eight episodes, with an exact premiere date yet to be announced by the BBC. The rest of the year looks a bit odd: it's unclear whether or not we can expect more regular episodes in the fall to celebrate the 50th Anniversary, but the site does say that you can expect an Anniversary special in late 2013 along with the usual Christmas outing. The special will not be set in the sci-fi world of The Doctor, but in the real one as it tells the struggle and eventual victory of getting the unique television series to air in the U.K.

Among those eight episodes, Neil Gaiman will be returning as previously reported to pen an episode that followed his acclaimed installment "The Doctor's Wife". Though there was some doubt whether or not the episode would enter production this cycle due to budgetary concerns, it seems the hour is now full speed ahead for the Spring.

While specific plot details are still being kept under locks, Deadline reports that the episode will feature the return of the Cybermen. The villains last played an antagonistic part in Series 6's "Closing Time", but wasn't nearly at the same full power as they have been in the past. But this time around could we see Matt Smith's Eleven finally enter a real action-packed battle against the emotionless villains?

In the meantime, we still have yet to receive a full trailer for the upcoming Christmas special. Set in Victorian Times and guest starring Richard E. Grant, Tom Ward and featuring the returns of Commander Strax along with Madame Vastra & Jenny, exact story details are thin but more is set to surface in the month ahead.

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