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The finale of this first half of Doctor Who Series 7 is looming ever closer. In only about two weeks time we’ll be saying goodbye to the Doctor’s longest staying companions (since the series restarted in 2005). These five episodes have been appropriately titled, “The Fall of The Ponds,” and ever since it was announced Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) would be leaving the show, Grand Who Poo-bah Steven Moffat has promised a heartbreaking exit.

So what do we know about what will likely be a tearful mid-season finale? In Doctor Who Magazine, releasing today, there’s an official blurb for the fifth episode, “The Angel Take Manhattan” as well as a quote from the show,

Synopsis:

The Doctor, Amy and Rory visit modern-day New York. But the Weeping Angels are lurking here too. When one of the TARDIS crew is zapped back to 1938, Amy discovers that time can’t always be rewritten, not once it’s written in stone.

Quote:

River Song: “It’s like they’ve taken over every statue in the city.”
The Doctor: “The Angels take Manhattan! Because they can. Because they’ve never had a food source like this one. The city that never sleeps”

Hmmmmmm. What’s all this then? Considering the little of Rory we see in the gallery of images, seen below, I’m wagering a guess he’s the one shot back in time. But then, where does Amy get those decidedly Harry Potter lookin’ specs? Is she lost in 1938 with only The Doctor able to see her? And what part will River play in this episode? Is she stoppin’ in only to say goodbye to dear mum and dad?

“The Angels Takes Manhattan” airs on BBC America Saturday, 9/29 at pm ET.

Looking even further into the future than an episode two weeks away, what’s the latest news on the 50th anniversary special? Well, in that same interview with the Waikato Times – y’know, the one where Matt Smith said he’d love to see Peter Jackson work on Doctor Who and Jackson was all like, I’m down – Smith revealed what’s happening for the big 5-0. Or at least he revealed there’s cool stuff he can’t tell us,

[Steven Moffat] was pitching the 50th anniversary at the end of this series and what everything was going to be about and it was a very exciting meal. No doubt he’ll come up with something brilliant because that’s the sort of man he is…

I hope that we mark it in the best way possible and lwe honour the people that have been in the show before us and we make it as grand and brilliant and inventive and as much an occasion as possible. What that is, I may have an idea, but I can’t tell you I’m afraid.

Multiple Doctors? Oh please, oh please, oh please…

Who knows? I think it’s an exciting idea. Whether it would be possible, or whether it could ever happen I just don’t know, but whatever we can do to mark that 50th anniversary will be spectacular, that much I do know.

If I have one request for the 50th it’s multiple Doctors. Just somehow, some way I want a solid, undeniable connection to all those men who travelled in TARDIS before. Is that so much to ask? Probably, but a girl can dream.

But here’s the most important quote from that interview,

Nothing’s set in stone. I imagine there will be a script knocking around about Christmas and there we will develop further and shoot it next spring.

It’s Matt Smith’s assumption the 50th Anniversary special will begin shooting next spring! That’s basically official, right? No matter what work must begin soon, 2013 will be here before we know it.

What would you like most to see in the 50th anniversary special?

Sources: Bleeding Cool, Doctor Who TV (2)

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