Well, this is the one we’ve all been waiting for. These just-released synopses from Steven Moffat reveal a lot about the story arc for the rest of this season of Doctor Who. They verge on becoming spoilers, so if you’re determined to remain completely in the dark about what’s coming next then I’d suggest clicking away from this page right now.
Amongst other things, we find out more about the return of James Corden as Craig Owens, the mechanisms of fate by which our heroes come face to face with Hitler, and hints that the final episode will bring everyone back to that lake in Utah. Based on these descriptions, the episode I’m looking forward to most is the “impossible hotel”, what sounds like a hellish version of Holiday Inn that prevents visitors from ever checking out. Moffat shines when writing the scarier episodes of Doctor Who and hopefully this won’t be an exception.
And my favourite phrase from the whole thing? “A new and unfamiliar presence is wreaking havoc in Colchester.” We ask Colchester-based readers to report back on whether this is true, or if it’s just that new Sainsbury’s they built last year.
“The wait is almost over. The second part of the thrilling new series of Doctor Who begins on 27 August 2011.
“The rules have changed, and the game is deadlier than ever. Out in the universe, where the earthly rules of time and space do not apply, Amy and Rory know only too well that their baby daughter needs them. For Melody Pond is destined to become River Song, mysterious archaeologist and convicted murderer – the woman who killed the best man she ever knew…
“The Doctor leads Amy and Rory across centuries and galaxies in a desperate search for baby Melody, but a terrible and inescapable date looms large. At 5.02pm on 22nd April 2011, the Doctor will die. These are his last days, and the quest for Melody his final mission.
“The search will result in a crash landing in Thirties Berlin and will bring them face to face with the greatest war criminal of all time. And Hitler. Old friendships will be tested to their limits as the Doctor suffers the ultimate betrayal and learns a harsh lesson in the cruellest warfare of all.
“A distress call from a terrified little boy will break through all barriers of time and space and lead the Doctor to visit the scariest place in the Universe. George’s bedroom. George is terrorised by every fear you can possibly imagine. Fears that live in his bedroom cupboard. His parents are desperate – George needs a doctor. But allaying George’s fears won’t be easy. Because the monsters in George’s cupboard are real.
“An unscheduled visit to a quarantine facility for victims of an alien plague – a plague that will kill the Doctor in a day – leaves Amy trapped. Alone, Rory must find Amy and bring her back to the TARDIS before the faceless doctors kill her with kindness. But Rory is about to encounter a very different side to his wife.
“In an impossible hotel, the Doctor, Amy and Rory find themselves checked-in but unable to check out. Walls move, corridors twist, rooms vanish and death lies in wait for every visitor. But the Doctor’s time has yet to come. He has one last stop to make on his final journey. His old friend, Craig Owens, desperately needs his help – a new and unfamiliar presence is wreaking havoc in Colchester. And then come the Cybermen. But time catches up with us all and the Doctor can delay no more.
“By the shores of Lake Silencio, in Utah, all of time and space hang in the balance. And a NASA astronaut is waiting…”