A lot of Doctor Who news bouncing around the net today, and with the news comes the occasional spoiler, so BE WARNED: SPOILERS AHEAD!! Enjoy these lovely new pieces of Doctor Who 50th Anniversary art by Tea Lady Design and then spin off into the vortex if you wish to remain unspoiled!
(I really love the fact that they have used the very first William Hartnell-era time vortex as the interior texture of the logo, and the way the artist has positioned Tom Baker’s hand inside a circle, to sneakily imply the number fifty.)
ON TO THE BIG NEWS!!
Both the BBC and BBC America channels have confirmed that the broadcast date for episode one of the seventh series of Doctor Who, The Asylum of the Daleks will be Saturday, September 1st. BBC America lists showtime as 9PM/8 Central.
In addition to the excitement of an actual, confirmed air date, BBC America has also provided a brand new trailer, featuring quite a bit of new material! Just watch for the mournful look on the Doctor’s face as he peers out of the TARDIS behind Amy and Rory, his two best mates. That’s the look of a man who knows that everything he holds dear is coming to a close. If moments like this are any indication, I would suggest we all begin hoarding boxes of tissue. My favorite bit is the very last line. Perfect.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S EVEN MORE!
Beginning on Monday, August 27th, the official BBC Website will be releasing the first in a five-part “mini-adventure”, called Pond Life. The five episodes will debut on the website each afternoon in the UK, building up to a cliffhanger that leads into Asylum of the Daleks. The entire story will then be made available on the BBC‘s digital television Red Button service on Saturday, September 1st in the UK. It is not yet known if BBC America will be airing the mini-series. Pond Life takes a look at what happens to the Ponds between their adventures with The Doctor, and is written by Chris Chibnall who said this:
Pond Life provides us with a lovely opportunity to catch-up with Amy and Rory since we saw them at the end of the last series. It opens with the Ponds at home and gives us an insight in to just what happens when the Doctor drops in and out of their lives. Traveling with the Doctor is one of the greatest things you can do, but it’s fun to spend a few moments looking at the chaos he can also bring.
Executive Producer Caro Skinner added this:
Chris has written a beautiful, heartfelt and wickedly funny piece about the adventures the Ponds have been having with the Doctor since we last saw them on-screen. It’s not long till the series itself will be back with a vengeance – but in the meantime, Pond Life is a truly heart-warming piece about our best-loved companions and their madcap relationship with their raggedy Doctor.
Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill introduce the prequel series to Asylum of the Daleks in this video from the BBC: