Warning, this article may contain spoilers and ramblings of a fan boy. You have been warned.
The first episode back will be The Bells of Saint John, where we are re-introduced to the modern day, London living, Clara (first seen in The Asylum of the Daleks and then again in The Snowman). Who is being targeted by some menacing entity that lives within the Wi-Fi. From the sneak peak we can expect the Doctor to drive around London on a motorbike with Clara and to help save a plane from crashing after everyone on-board have passed out, victims of the Wi-Fi baddie maybe, or something else?
The first episode also has itself a little prequel, to remind of us of the pain the Doctor is still feeling from the loss of the Ponds, where he, unknowingly, meets the young Clara on a swing set. The prequel was just full of Moffat style dialogue that made me just unable to wait a week for my Doctor Who fix. Let’s hope young Clara’s advice helps our Doctor find the older Clara.
The second episode is The Rings of Akhaten (or Akhenaten, from a few sources). In the trailer, you see the Doctor and Clara standing by the TARDIS looking out onto a planet surrounded by rings, so it might be safe to assume that this takes place during this episode. Moffat did hint that we’ll see a planet surrounded by rings. The synopsis mentions a pyramid, and a sacrifice. Sounds very Egypt to me… wasn’t Queen Nefertiti (Dinosaurs in Space) married to a King Akhaten? Maybe she’ll make a surprise cameo, we do know Moffat likes to re-visit old characters.
The third episode is Cold War, set on a sinking Russian submarine, filled with nuclear weapons; the Doctor and Clara have to save the submarine, and humanity. This episode is written by the brilliant Mark Gatiss (who is also writing the 50th anniversary docu-drama An Adventure in Space and Time), and is set to be the return of the Ice Warriors, last seen in the third Doctor’s 1974 episode, The Monster of Peladon. Apparently, these returning warriors won’t be re-designed, just supped up, so expect a chromed up version of these 70’s terrors.
Hide is set to be the fourth episode of the second part of the seventh series. Previous rumoured titles have been The Hider in the House, and Phantoms of the Hex. This looks like a classic horror episode, and this might be where the Doctor to give his “I’m the Doctor, and I’m afraid” speech, and the villain looks to be the pale eye-less creatures, which reminds me somewhat of the Trickster and his Brigade (Turn Left and The Sarah Jane Adventures).
The next episode only has a rumoured title, and that is Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS. It looks like the orange space suit from The Impossible Planet and The Waters of Mars will make an appearance, and I believe it’ll make its return here when it’s rumoured that Clara and the Doctor will show us a bit more of the TARDIS.
All I have for the next episode is the confirmed title The Crimson Horror, though it does appear that Strax, Jenny, and Madam Vastra (last seen in The Snowman) will make a return in this episode, so expect to see a trip back to Victorian London here.
The penultimate episode is rumoured to either be The Last Cyberman, or The Lost Cyberman. Penned by Neil Gaiman, this episode is set to feature a redesign of the Cyberman, making them more akin to the classical Mondas Cyberman, rather than the Cybus Cyberman from Pete’s Parallel universe. In the trailer you can see them menacingly marching towards Clara who swings what looks like a mace at them.
Now onto the final episode of the series, without even a rumour of the title, we can assume its spoiler, like the title of The Stolen Earth was. Moffat has said the final episode is fanboy pleasing (good enough for me!) and that the Doctor’s greatest secret will be revealed. So expect to see River Song make an appearance to witness the Doctor’s name being spoken aloud on the Fields of Trenzalore, at the fall of the Eleventh, where it’s my opinion that Clara will ask the ultimate question where no creature may speak falsely or fail to answer. And that is why, in my opinion, why Clara keeps appearing, it’s her destiny to ask that question. Then again, I could be all wrong, and it could have something to do with the Spoonheads who are set to make an appearance, whatever they are…