Everything Else We Learned About Doctor Who Today

The actress charged with playing the Doctor’s new companion was introduced this morning at a press conference – but the revelations didn’t stop there. Steven Moffat went on to give away a few more details of what we can expect from the upcoming series.

After the spoiler sign, the no holds barred bullet points. Proceed at your own exceedingly mild peril.

  • There will be five episodes and a Christmas special this year, eight episodes next year.
  • There will absolutely definitely be Daleks somewhere in those first five episodes.
  • Amy and Roy will last be seen in episode five.
  • That episode also features The Weeping Angels. Moffat promises that not everybody will come out of the encounter alive – and he says that he means it this time. Which is pretty much him confessing that he’s a terrible liar.
  • Jenna-Louise Coleman’s new companion will first appear in the next episode, which is the Christmas special.
  • She hasn’t started filming yet. She did her audition with Matt Smith and apparently Moffat liked that she was higher energy and faster-talking than Smith is.
  • Coleman’s character is still top secret, but Moffat says “Who she’s playing, how the Doctor meets her, and even where he finds her, are all part of one of the biggest mysteries the Time Lord ever encounters. Even by the Doctor’s standards, this isn’t your usual boy meets girl.”
  • There are lots of new monsters in the next series.
  • Every episode in the new series stands alone but there is an arc, quietly, behind them all and the last episode will be made to feel “really special” by everything that’s gone before.

And that’s our lot for today – but by Who standards, that’s a generous spread of information.

All that’s left for us to do now is start spinning great mazes of conjecture. Who wants to get us started?

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